Disaster Recovery & Rebuilding

Extreme weather events and other emergencies can devastate communities – from destroying homes and infrastructure, to displacing families and even causing loss of life.

Low-income and other vulnerable communities – and the organizations that support them – often have the hardest time responding to and recovering from the loss of shelter, power and vital services caused by flooding, fires and other disasters.

Effective planning and preparation can help minimize damage and increase the impact of disaster recovery and rebuilding resources.

Providing targeted support, Enterprise partners with local nonprofit organizations to identify needs, design solutions and attract and effectively deploy capital for critical housing and community development needs, while building and sustaining the necessary systems and networks.

Stay connected with Enterprise and join our efforts to make homes and communities stronger, more equitable and better prepared in the face of disaster.


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How We Help

As a proven and powerful nonprofit, Enterprise brings a wealth of knowledge and technical resources. We also offer access to a wide range of capital to help communities recover and rebuild.

In many communities where we’ve helped, we have long-standing relationships with housing and community leaders plus dedicated staff on the ground who form strong ties with local organizations.

Enterprise played a significant role after Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast region and Superstorm Sandy in New York.

More recently, following catastrophic weather events in 2017, Enterprise created the Enterprise Hurricane Recovery Fund. To date we have provided $1 million in urgently needed grants to community organizations.

Rapid Recovery Loan Fund

Enterprise and partners have created a $15 million disaster recovery loan fund for affordable housing and community development organizations working to restore communities struck by the 2017 hurricanes and the California fires. The Funding for Rapid Recovery and Rebuilding collaboration includes Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Mercy Loan Fund and NeighborWorks. Lower-interest loans of up to $1 million are meant to provide a bridge for organizations awaiting insurance payments and other funding. The loans can be approved and disbursed swiftly to spur the repair and rebuilding of affordable homes, community facilities and businesses.

Our technical resources offered trusted guidance and expertise on removing mold and other important post-disaster work.


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We work collaboratively with our partners and the communities they serve, tailoring our services to the unique challenges and opportunities wherever we work.

  • Navigate federal regulatory requirements: We bring technical expertise and knowledge of federal agencies and programs like CDBG-DR, New Markets Tax Credits, etc.
  • Streamlined implementation: Our extensive experience working with HUD and other funders ensures programs move forward effectively and recovery and rebuilding proceed on schedule.
  • Tailored strategies: Our teams comprehensively assess communities’ specific mid- and long-term disaster recovery needs.
  • Continuum of services: We deliver best practices and insights at each stage of a community’s recovery and rebuilding efforts.
  • Enhanced local capacity: We focus on the long-term sustainability of affordable housing and community development systems and networks.


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Enterprise Community Partners created the Hurricane Community Recovery Fund in 2017, following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the heavily damaged regions of Texas, Louisiana, the Southeast, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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Our Hurricane Recovery Fund provided $1 million in urgently needed grants and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations in the regions, supporting short-term relief and longer-term recovery and rebuilding efforts

We invite you to support Enterprise’s relief and recovery efforts. Individuals can donate online. Please choose Enterprise Hurricane Community Recovery Fund from the dropdown menu. Checks also can be mailed to: Enterprise Community Partners, PO Box 64854, Baltimore, MD 21264. Please indicate “Hurricane Community Recovery Fund” on the memo line of the check.

For corporations and foundations interested in getting involved in our recovery efforts through a contribution to the Hurricane Community Recovery Fund, please contact: Tim May, Resource Development, 410.772.5296, to discuss support opportunities.


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Technical Resources

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Enterprise has helped inform the recovery and rebuilding of thousands of affordable homes in Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and New York, helping communities develop homes to a greener, healthier standard and designing them with flood-proofing and other risk-mitigation features. Through this work, we have developed several helpful resources: 

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Featured Resources

Field Guide for Clean-up of Flooded Homes

An illustrated step-by-step guide for do-it-yourselfers and contractors seeking to prevent mold-related health problems and save storm-damaged homes.

Strategies for Multifamily Building Resilience

A collection of 19 practical strategies for building owners to make their properties more prepared for the effects of extreme weather events. 

Disaster area

A guide to help organizations develop comprehensive disaster staffing plans in the event of a disaster.

Policy Advocacy

Enterprise’s robust policy advocacy ensures federal resources reach people and communities in the greatest need.

As a trusted advisor to members of Congress and the administration, we advocate on behalf of low-income people and communities recovering and rebuilding after disasters – informing federal, state and local policy.


Policy Advocacy

Our experienced policy team helps:

  • Highlight the need for dedicated technical assistance and capacity building for governments and nonprofits receiving federal funds and interfacing with federal rebuilding programs
  • Develop and share best practices on the administration of federal funds
  • Advocate for smarter standards to ensure the billions of dollars spent on rebuilding will not put people, property and taxpayer dollars at risk from future natural events.