Home and Hope: Year in Review
Enterprise PNW’s Home & Hope initiative works to catalyze the development of public and tax-exempt land with affordable homes, early learning and other community facilities.
While there was urgent need for affordable housing and early learning facilities prior to 2020, the Covid pandemic has underscored and deepened that need. Affordable housing and childcare are crucial to keeping people healthy, parents able to work, and children able to grow and learn. This year Home & Hope assistance has been able to help keep pipelines moving even while our partners have had to turn their attention and resources to managing during this global crisis, so that they continue to make progress and come out ready to go once we get to the other side.
In the last year, we have spent or committed over $500,000 to assist with feasibility and development visions for 13 sites, totaling nearly 1300 homes and 25 early learning classrooms. All told, we are actively assisting over 30 sites that will produce over 3000 affordable homes and over 50 early learning classrooms. 2020 has seen the groundbreaking for three Home & Hope sites in Seattle that will house over 700 low-income households in transit-rich, vibrant neighborhoods. We’ve expanded our work statewide, assisting development projects from Bellingham to Vancouver, Washington. As local congregations consider how to use their land assets to meet community needs and fulfill their missions, we have brought to bear the resources of Enterprise’s National Faith Based Development Initiative to layer on to Home & Home support.
We are grateful to our public and private funding partners, elected officials, consultants, and all our partners, and we look forward to 2021 with hope.