At Enterprise, we believe that opportunity begins when people have a safe, healthy and affordable place to call home. As part of that work, the Enterprise Rural and Native American Program team has developed a series of no-cost training and peer-learning sessions designed to help rural housing providers and nonprofits acquire and preserve USDA Rural Development, HUD 811 and 202, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and other subsidized and affordable housing.

In 2018, the Rural Preservation Academy program launched in Texas, and in 2020, the Colorado sessions were delivered virtually. In 2021, the series has been tailored to meet the needs of groups and advocates seeking to preserve housing in rural communities in the Pacific Northwest.

Drawing more than 200 participants, the Pacific Northwest Rural Rental Housing Preservation Academy was made possible thanks to our sponsors: JPMorgan Chase, Fannie Mae, Oregon Housing & Community Services and the Collins Foundation.

Session 1: Rural Rental Housing Preservation in the Pacific Northwest

Session 2: 515 Overview - USDA RD Housing and the 515 Transfer Process

Session 3: Strategies for Preservation

Session 4: Federal and State Housing Finance - Beyond RD

Session 5: Funding the Gaps - Private Debt, Section 538 and alternative sources

Session 6: Capital Needs Assessment, Architects and Scope of Work

Session 7: Property Management, Disaster Preparedness and Resiliency

Session 8: Community Engagement

Session 9: Local and State Policy

The Rural and Native American Program is launching a Southeastern Preservation Academy at the end of 2021. For more information about our preservation academy, please contact Robin Wolff.