PNW Section 4 Grantees
For years, the Section 4 Award program has been an important source of funding that offers capacity building support for community development corporations (CDCs) and community housing development organizations (CHDOs) in their ability to carry out affordable housing and community development activities that benefit low- and moderate-income families and individuals. This year is no different. Set against a backdrop of partners that have been overwhelmingly burdened by the challenges associated with the Covid public health crisis, serving both as frontline workers and as a line of defense against evictions for some of our most vulnerable communities, we witnessed our most competitive year in recent memory. Despite these challenges and our inability to fund all worthy and deserving applicants we are excited to share more about this year’s awardees.
The level of need in our communities is unprecedented and demonstrated in the volume and number of requests. Overall, we reviewed 27 applications, of which nearly 1/3 were first time applicants. These applicants represented a total request in funding support of over 2 million dollars. Leveraging our internal Enterprise programs and partnerships with National Initiatives, the Rural and Native American Program and the Faith Based Development Initiative, this year were able to provide almost half a million in award funding in Washington and Oregon!
Our Section 4 awardees represent a diverse group of CDCs and CHDOs. Two thirds of our awardees represent organizations with black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) leadership, which includes representation from the black, Asian American, Latinx and Native populations. They range in size from small, but mighty teams and larger and impactful organizations.
Many of this year’s applications address needs related to racial inequities and economic disparities and Enterprise’s support will further strengthen and uplift those organizations tackling issues of racial equity and social justice. Capacity building to support the capability of our partners to increase the affordable housing supply and increase development is also paramount for our market’s selected applicants and we are eager to support those seeking to create more, and much needed, affordable housing.
Enterprise would like to thank all that applied to the Section 4 Program this year and want to assure those that were not designated for awards that we continue to diligently work and tirelessly advocate on behalf of the affordable housing and community development industry as a whole. Enterprise also offers numerous other grant and funding opportunities and information.