Your Top Five Reads for October
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1. Joining Forces to Advance Health and Well-Being in Affordable Housing
Enterprise is working with the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) to create a best-in-class certification pathway within our Green Communities Criteria. The pathway focuses on making well-designed homes affordable and advancing health outcomes for low- and moderate-income communities. This collaboration leverages our experience and vision with the deep technical knowledge and market-transformation expertise of IWBI. The partnership will also advance research and stronger public policy that leads to improved housing options for all.
2. Building Blocks Podcast: Atlanta's Bold Approach to Housing Affordability
To help create more opportunity for people throughout the state, the One Atlanta: Housing Affordability Action Plan aims to produce and protect affordable housing, defend against displacement and ensure equitable growth benefiting all Atlantans. The plan’s visionary goals include creating or preserving 20,000 affordable homes by 2026 and investing $1 billion towards affordable housing from public, private and philanthropic sources. Laurel Blatchford and guests explore Atlanta's housing affordability landscape in the latest episode of Building Blocks.
3. Keep Safe: A Groundbreaking Disaster Recovery and Resilience Manual for Islands
Keep Safe: A Guide for Resilient Housing Design in Island Communities is a first-of-its-kind illustrated manual developed in collaboration with more than 150 experts from across Puerto Rico and mainland United States in response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria. The manual, available in English and Spanish, provides practical tips and specific resources to help homeowners, community leaders, tenants, housing program administrators, property operators and construction professionals in Puerto Rico and other islands develop stronger, more resilient homes and communities that can withstand extreme weather events.
4. 10 Years of Big Ideas From the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute
Ten years ago, the Enterprise Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute set out to elevate the status quo in affordable housing design and support the creation of housing that lifts up individuals and communities. Over a decade, across a network of almost 250 developers, designers, policymakers, public health experts and others, an incredible amount of innovation has happened. The “10 Years, 10 Big Ideas” series showcases the best of that innovation, making leading-edge design and development ideas open source and day-lighting the voices of leaders driving forward the state of affordable housing design.
5. A $5 Million Investment in Opportunity Along the Purple Line Corridor
JPMorgan Chase & Co. has committed $5 million to help expand access to affordable housing and economic opportunity for local residents and small business owners along the 16-mile Purple Line light rail corridor in the Washington, D.C. region. This investment will allow Enterprise, the National Housing Trust and the Latino Economic Development Center to provide targeted loan capital and resources for high-quality affordable housing and small business expansion. This collaboration, the Purple Line Equitable Transit-Oriented Development project, seeks to create a framework to preserve and create 1,000 affordable homes and help attract new investments and support more than 200 small businesses.