Highlights of Enterprise's Work in the First Part of 2018
Despite the criticism and conflict that dominates the news, there’s a lot of incredible work out there by passionate people committed to increasing opportunity in communities across the U.S. Enterprise is proud that many of these people are our partners, with whom we’re making progress in creating greater opportunity, starting with affordable homes.
This blog is the first in a series that will celebrate these accomplishments and how they have been highlighted in the media.
Together with our partners, we’re:
- Creating more affordable homes: At a time when more than 11 million families spend at least 50 percent of their income on rent, Enterprise’s collaborative approach is helping to preserve affordable homes, expand resident services, and develop better pathways to economic mobility.
- Providing cutting-edge expertise on the new Opportunity Zones tax incentive for investments in low-income areas, working with advocates and officials to help understand the designation process, including community participation.
- Advancing smart public policies as a strong and successful advocate for substantially increasing funding for key housing and community development programs such as Community Development Block Grants, the HOME Investment Partnership Program and Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program in the final fiscal year 2018 budget omnibus.
- Harnessing the power of design to improve affordable homes, communities and lives: The American Institute of Architects honored with its prestigious 2018 Collaborative Achievement Award Enterprise’s Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute for connecting developers and architects.
- Improving resident and community health through housing by connecting the fields of public health, affordable housing and community development, developing green homes and helping hospitals to incorporate housing into their community benefits strategies.
- Accelerating rebuilding after disasters and creating stronger, more resilient communities by sharing widely Enterprise’s rebuilding expertise and resources, including a partnership among Enterprise Community Loan Fund with two other CDFIs to offer $15 million in grants for rapid recovery from hurricanes and fires.
Although 2018 has already presented significant challenges, together with our partners we will continue to create well-designed homes that are made affordable and connected to opportunity in communities across the U.S. That is definitely good news.