Storms, heat waves and wildfires have become more frequent and intense, but most affordable homes weren’t built to withstand these threats. The cost of recovery grows as the U.S. loses. $10+ billion per year in damages. And people of color and families with less wealth are disproportionately affected – they are more likely to become homeless after disaster strikes.
We're a national leader in resilience and green building, and our work is more urgent than ever. Fifteen years after launching the first green building standard for the affordable housing industry, Enterprise is increasing its commitment and leading the field in responding to climate change:
- Advocating for reform of federal disaster recovery policy to bring resources to communities faster and more equitably when disaster strikes
- Providing training and tools for incorporating resident voices and ideas in planning for resilience and recovery
- Creating smarter, more efficient building standards so that homes are healthier, less costly to operate and can withstand the effects of climate events
- Developing transformative resources, such as our updated Green Communities Criteria, Strategies for Multifamily Building Resilience and Keep Safe, a Guide for Resilient Housing Design, to infuse best practices into building design and construction
- Partnering with community organizations across the country to provide funding, training and on-the-ground support so that homes and the people who live in them can adapt to our new climate reality
- Drawing from the inherent strength in communities to move forward in the face of our new climate future because we know that resilience isn't just about being able to bounce back or rebuild after a disaster
- Strengthen organizational capacity through training and technical assistance and provide funding to advance affordable housing and community development efforts through the USVI Housing Ecosystem Development Grants Program from Enterprise and Federal Home Loan Bank of New York
Here’s how we do it:
Building Resilient Futures
Our multipronged initiative to build and refurbish affordable homes to be sustainable, climate-resilient and affordable, and to equip communities with resources to help them withstand and recover from natural disasters.
Creating Sustainable Communities
Through Enterprise Green Communities, we set the standard – literally – for sustainability and green building practices across our industry, making affordable homes healthy, efficient and climate resilient.
Connecting Health & Housing
We work with community and health care organizations, affordable housing developers, policymakers and funders to promote housing as an essential tool for improving resident and community health.