Enterprise Community Partners Receives Community Impact Award for Homeless Housing Efforts at the 49th Annual Architectural Awards

Award recognizes combined efforts of 23 nonprofits for their work in alleviating L.A. County’s housing crisis

LOS ANGELES (June 21, 2019) – Enterprise Community Partners was honored with a Community Impact Award from the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) today for its efforts to address the escalating homelessness and housing crisis in Los Angeles County. The award was presented to Enterprise as part of the LABC’s 49th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards.

Due to the region’s current housing crisis, the LABC’s Community Impact Award did not go to an individual organization, but rather a collective of 23 nonprofit groups leading the way in providing shelter to those most vulnerable in our community. Each year, the award honors a project or body of work that exemplifies transformative civic development within the City of Los Angeles. With this year’s award, recipients were recognized for their leadership in building and financing new housing, as well as providing related services, for low-income and homeless individuals in L.A. County.

Due in part to the tireless work of these nonprofit groups, 21,613 people were placed in homes last year. 

“This year we wanted the Community Impact Award to reflect the depth and complexity of L.A.’s homelessness crisis,” said Mary Leslie, President of LABC. “No single organization will be able to fix this problem alone. It will take years of hard work by a wide range of committed groups to change the lives of the thousands of homeless or currently at risk Angelenos.” 

Enterprise received the award for its work in awarding grants, conducting technical assistance and providing financing to local nonprofits and developers that deliver affordable housing and supportive services. Enterprise also leads and supports research to inform how to tackle homelessness in Los Angeles County.  

“It’s an honor to stand with the other awardees in recognition of our collective efforts in providing homes and services to our community’s most vulnerable,” said Jacqueline Waggoner, VP and Southern California market leader, Enterprise. “We each bring a unique strength and a deep commitment to see that every Angeleno lives in a supportive, healthy, quality home.”

This year, the LABC’s Architectural Awards honored the best in architecture and design with projects running the gamut from urban micro-living units to beachfront hotels. Winning projects reimagined public spaces, both old and new, to foster community and engender civic pride. This year’s grand prize winner, the groundbreaking LAFC Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park, was built entirely around the fan experience, with team executives soliciting ideas directly from soccer fans as part of the design process. Google’s Spruce Goose project took home the esteemed LABC Chairman’s award for its dynamic, utterly unique adaptive reuse of the old airplane hangar in Playa Vista.

Representatives from Enterprise, along with leading architects, city officials and business leaders, attended the awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. The keynote was delivered by OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu, who is making his mark on Los Angeles with the new Audrey Irmas Pavilion and the The Plaza at Santa Monica.
A full list of honorees and Community Impact Award winners is attached. For pictures of the winning projects, please visit the Los Angeles Business Council website at www.labusinesscouncil.org.  

About the Los Angeles Business Council 
The Los Angeles Business Council is one of the most effective and influential advocacy and educational organizations in California. For over 70 years, the LABC has had a major impact on public policy by harnessing the power of business and government to promote environmental and economic sustainability in the Los Angeles region. To learn more, please visit www.labusinesscouncil.org. 

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