Officials from HUD Tour Enterprise Section 4 Grantees in New York
This week, Enterprise’s New York office hosted officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to tour developments that benefitted from the HUD Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program. Among the attendees were appointed Regional Administrator Lynne Patton, Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development Neal Rackleff, and Director of Policy Development and Coordination Steve Washington. The tour was an opportunity for the appointed HUD officials to see firsthand the critical community development work in New York made possible through HUD programs like Section 4.
Representatives from HUD and Enterprise visited several buildings in the Northwest Bronx developed by Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation (FBHC) and University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP), including the Serviam complex, Jacob’s Place, Tiebout Green, and West Farms. All buildings provide energy-efficient affordable housing to low-income families and seniors, and they offer important neighborhood assets including community spaces, universal pre-k classrooms, and rooftop community gardens. Staff from UNHP spoke about the critical services they provide to community members through UNHP’s Northwest Bronx Resource Center, including free tax preparation, financial counseling, and literacy training.
HUD’s Section 4 program seeks to build the strength of nonprofit community development organizations to more effectively meet the needs of communities. HUD allocates Section 4 funds to Enterprise, which in turn allocates it to organizations through a competitive application process. All grant recipients leverage various other sources of funding, including other HUD programs like HOME Investment Partnerships and Community Development Block Grants, as well as Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and tax-exempt bonds.
Over the last 20 years, Enterprise has distributed more than $125 million in Section 4 funds to more than 1,250 community development organizations throughout the country. Since the program began, Enterprise has allocated over $10 million in Section 4 funding to organizations in New York.
The 2017 grantees were chosen through a competitive application process that called on organizations to detail their plans for capacity building under specific program areas, which included organizational sustainability, health and housing and affordable housing production and preservation. The funds will enable the grantees to undertake a wide range of community development initiatives to better the lives of residents in need. More information about our grantees can be found here: https://www.enterprisecommunity.org/blog/enterprise-hud-section-4-grants-in-new-york