As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to unfold, the Rural and Native team is working hand in hand with local and national housing providers, housing agencies, advocates and philanthropy to respond to the crisis and the needs of our rural communities. We will be providing regular updates on resources for residents and housing providers on this page.
With nearly 900 applications received, the Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge has moved to Round 2, advancing 45 finalists to the next stage of this national competition designed to transform creative ideas into scalable solutions.
Section 4 funding enabled the tribe to expand its Sunrise Acres Complex on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation to add homes for seniors with special needs and for Native American veterans, including homeless veterans.
When the Fair Housing Act declared it illegal for private individuals to discriminate based on race in the sale or rental of housing, it was considered a major milestone in black history – the last, in fact, prior to Dr. King’s assassination.
The problem of homelessness in the greater Seattle area has reached a crisis level in recent years, that requires ever more creative solutions. The most recent example of innovation in partnership and financing broke ground in Seattle’s Uptown neighborhood, near Seattle Center, on publicly owned land provided at nearly no cost by the city of Seattle (a $1 per year ground lease arrangement).
Enterprise recently awarded a Section 4 capacity-building grant to BRS to support three developments for people with low-income and vulnerable populations in Harrison County, Indiana. Harrison is a very small rural county with approximately 48,000 people and just 3,000 in its largest town.
In an exciting new collaboration, Enterprise and Wells Fargo have teamed up to create the Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge – a bold initiative designed to spark innovations that transform creative housing affordability ideas into real solutions.
Read about a Native tribal member's homeownership journey and how the first Native American Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) project in the country promoted economic sustainability on the Pine Ridge reservation.
Many rural residents experience challenges of housing affordability. H.R. 3620, the Strategy and Investment in Rural Housing Preservation Act of 2019, could help to provide affordable multifamily housing in a time when preservation is key.
The Yakima Housing Authority recently broke ground on the Veterans Supportive Housing and Service Center, an adaptive reuse of a former Marine Corps armory that will provide 41 affordable apartments with on-site services to homeless veterans.