August 10, 2018
Community Developments: A Statement on Enterprise’s Commitment to Creating Communities Where Everyone Can Thrive
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- In a statement, Enterprise Community Partners’ CEO Terri Ludwig emphasizes the importance of confronting racism and hate to create communities where everyone can thrive. Ludwig notes that “as part of our mission to connect people to opportunity, we must support the elements that are necessary to succeed in life. We know that an affordable, stable home is essential; so is access to jobs, education, health care and transit. And so too is a climate of openness and acceptance, where people are not held back and harmed because of how they look or where they come from.” Ludwig points out that Enterprise is committed to Racial Equity Here, a national movement of more than 200 organizations committed to advancing racial equity, as well as dedicated to fair housing outcomes and undoing the harm inflicted on people of color by decades of discriminatory lending practices. Finally, Ludwig highlights that over the past two years, Enterprise has worked with social impact firm Designing the We on their Undesign the Redline interactive exhibit, which will travel to several of our markets this fall to generate discussion on the grave impact of systemic racist housing policies and what we can do to right this injustice.
- An analysis by the Washington Post Wonklog points out that U.S. workers' paychecks are worth less than they were a year ago, as modest wage gains have failed to keep pace with inflation. Between July 2017 and July 2018, hourly pay inflation rose 2.9 percent, but hourly pay increased only 2.7 percent. The real average hourly wage, which is average hourly pay adjusted for inflation, was $10.78 in July 2017 and $10.76 in July 2018. A report by the Pew Research Center notes that since 2000, real wage gains have flowed mostly to the highest-paid tier of workers. The lack of real wage gains comes despite a strong economy, with an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent -- one of the lowest levels in decades. (The Washington Post Wonkblog, August 10)
- Trulia has released an interactive analysis that maps the age structure of American counties . The analysis, which divides populations into three age groups: young (0-19 years), working age (20-64 years) and elderly (65 and over), finds that the counties with the highest proportion of working age individuals are Arlington and Alexandria in Virginia (70.5 and 69.7 percent, respectively) followed San Francisco County (69.7 percent). The analysis shows that the counties with the highest shares of older populations are Sarasota County in Florida (36.1 percent), Mathews County in Virginia (30.8 percent), and Flagler County in Florida (30.1 percent), all coastal areas with mild weather. Finally, the analysis notes that San Francisco is the county with the lowest share of children in the nation, explaining that only 15 percent of the population is 19 or younger compared with the national average of 25.2 percent. (Trulia, August 8)
- An article in Curbed DC highlights that the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has released affordable housing development solicitations for seven vacant publicly owned properties in Anacostia and Congress Heights, lower-income areas east of the Anacostia River. DHCD seeks development proposals that would create units for families earning up to 80 percent of the area median income (AMI) and reserve at least half of their units for families earning up to 50 percent of the AMI. Developers interested in applying for these solicitations have until October 29 to submit proposals to DHCD. (Curbed DC, August 9) Enterprise has released a report on "Public Benefit from Publicly Owned Parcels: Effective Practices in Affordable Housing Development" along its accompanying "Public Benefit from Publicly Owned Parcels: Advancing Implementation in the Puget Sound Region" case study.
- On Monday, August 13, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners and PolicyLink, will host a half-day event on “Understanding Opportunity Zones in the Bay Area.” Enterprise Loan Fund’s President Lori Chatman will participate in a panel discussion on “What do we know about how Opportunity Zones and Funds will work,” which will take place at 9:45 a.m. PT. This event will be live streamed on Twitter and Facebook.
- On Wednesday, August 15, the GreenHome Institute will host a webinar on “Increasing Water Efficiency and Reducing Cost in Affordable Housing”. This webinar will feature Juan Sebastian Arias and Carrie Wagner of Enterprise Community Partners, who will be sharing the results of our “Sustainable by Design: Increasing Water Efficiency and Reducing Cost in Affordable Housing” case study. Other featured speakers are Jasmine Gunn of Claretian Associates and Jessica Miller of Elevate Energy. Register here for the webinar.