On July 31, the House passed a six-bill appropriations minibus, H.R. 7617, that funds the departmens of Defense, Commerce, Justice, Energy, Treasry Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development.
Enterprise strongly opposes the full repeal of the AFFH rule because it is a major setback in how our federal government promotes fair housing. We reject the dangerous and false narrative that low-income or affordable housing is undesirable in neighborhoods and threatening to a “Suburban Lifestyle Dream” or any American Dream for that matter.
Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise), National Housing Trust (NHT), Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF), and Housing Partnership Network (HPN) released a joint statement opposing HUD’s termination of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, an action that weakens the nation’s fair housing responsibilities.
On July 24, HUD published in the Federal Register a proposed rule that would roll back protections for transgender people experiencing homelessness by allowing federally-funded homeless shelters whose facilities are segregated by sex (such as bathrooms and shared sleeping quarters) to establish a discriminatory admission policy that considers an individual’s sex and a range of other factors.
In New York, Enterprise’s Faith-Based Development Initiative supports faith-based organizations in exploring the feasibility of affordable housing development by equipping them with an understanding of the development process and key information about their property.
Enterprise Community Loan Fund recently provided a $2.2 million predevelopment loan to a Sonoma County nonprofit to redevelop a former mobile home park destroyed into a compact, sustainable and transit-oriented development.
Enterprise New York’s Justice-Involved Housing Initiative aims to inform affordable housing owners and operators about anti-discrimination policies and reduce stigma against this population, while also promoting housing models that will best serve this population and identifying ways to connect justice-involved individuals to affordable homes.
On Monday, June 29, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the 2020 Budget Act for the State of California. The $202.1 billion budget includes critical investments in affordable housing and addressing homelessness but does not provide dedicated funding for rental assistance.
A recent study found that Black and Hispanic homeowners pay 10-13 percent higher effective property taxes relative to white owners with similar homes in the same jurisdiction. This blog dives deeper into this issue, noting that such disparities are just another example of deep-seeded racial inequities in housing markets.
The surge in coronavirus cases in Latinx communities lays bare the heightened exposure and vulnerability of immigrant communities, due in part to precarious or unsafe work environments for essential workers and overcrowded housing related to the affordability crisis, making it hard for many to stay-at-home.
In 2020, Rezility transitioned from incubation and piloting within the IT department of Enterprise Community Investment to a fully operationalized platform within Enterprise Community Development, Inc.
The plight of Chicago’s small, two-to-four-home buildings has received research and media attention for nearly a decade, yet little by way of coordinated and comprehensive action. This needs to change.
On June 25, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced the Emergency Affordable Housing Act of 2020, which would strengthen and expand the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis.
Sponsored by the California Strategic Growth Council, Enterprise is leading a team of technical assistance providers to deliver capacity building for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program throughout the state.