June 26, 2019

Shoutout to Enterprise at HAND's 28th Annual Meeting & Housing Expo 

HAND Conference

Enterprise was well represented at HAND’s Annual meeting on June 11.

Featuring more than 1,400 real estate and community development professionals from Richmond to Baltimore, the event’s theme was “Holding Ourselves Accountable: Bold Housing Solutions for Every Sector & Every Jurisdiction.” 

It was quite the day for Enterprise leadership and touchpoints.  

  • During the plenary session, Mid-Atlantic State and Local Policy Director Melissa Bondi was shouted out by two different elected officials for her stellar policy work in the region. 
  • With 20 members of the Enterprise family in attendance during the luncheon,  Director of Capital Solutions Monica Warren-Jones took the helm as the new President of the HAND Board.  
  • The Enterprise sponsorship provided a monetary award to Art Contest Grand Prize winner Milen Abrah, whose “Working Together as One” themed art piece was supported by the resident services work of Enterprise’s partner Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.  
  • Kudos to The Best Large Affordable Housing project winning Plaza West (developed by Mission First Housing in conjunction with Bibleway Church and its CDC), that was supported by Enterprise’s Faith-Based Development Initiative with grant and Housing Credit equity (Capital One as investor).  
  • Many kudos as well to Developer of the Year winning Jubilee Housing, a long time Enterprise partner that continues to do high impact work in the Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights neighborhoods. 
  • Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Market Leader David Bowers moderated the lunchtime Fireside Chat, which featured AJ Jackson, JBG Smith; Celeste James, Kaiser Permanente; Jim Knight, Jubilee Housing; Bruce McNamer, Greater Washington Community Foundation.  The panelists discussed the industry perspective to making “Bold Commitments Across Sectors”.  
  • In the midst of both the plenary and the lunchtime meeting, there were several references to the Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington “Capital Region Housing Challenge” with a charge made to elected officials and private sector stakeholders to get involved in the effort to secure $1 billion in new public and private sector commitments (above current baseline commitments) to housing affordability efforts across the region.  Enterprise is a founding Co-Convener of the Housing Leaders Group.

It was gratifying to see, at the region’s largest affordable housing gathering,  the presence, leadership and impact of the Enterprise team across multiple platforms. We look forward to continuing to work with HAND and its members to solve for the region’s housing affordability challenge.

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