Grants Strengthen Affordable Housing Organizations to Support Quality, Affordable Homes in Gulf Coast

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. has awarded more than $500,000 to 15 Louisiana and Mississippi nonprofits

NEW ORLEANS – Feb, 8, 2018 – Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) recently awarded more than $500,000 in grants to 15 nonprofits in Louisiana and Mississippi to create affordable housing and build thriving communities. 

Each of the 15 organizations has worked for years to provide greater opportunity for the region’s residents, including for families, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and other low-income people. These grants will support building affordable homes, help create more commercial activity and strengthen the recipient organizations so they can assist more people. 

The grants are made possible through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Capacity Building for Community Development (Section 4) program. Funding from this proven and effective program assists community development corporations (CDCs) in improving their organizational structure, program delivery systems and production of affordable housing.  Every dollar of public funding awarded is matched with at least $3 in private funding from individuals, foundations or corporations.

“These capacity building grants support critically important work undertaken by nonprofits from constructing houses for first-time buyers to providing resident services for veterans,” said Monica Gonzalez, Gulf Coast senior program director, Enterprise. “Organizations will be able to advance developments and programs while strengthening their infrastructure and systems to provide much needed affordable housing throughout the Gulf Coast.”

Grants were awarded to: 

  • Bastion Community of Resilience, New Orleans, La. 
  • Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, Inc., New Orleans, La. 
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, New Orleans, La. 
  • Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative, New Orleans, La. 
  • Home by Hand, Inc., New Orleans, La. 
  • Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association, New Orleans, La. 
  • Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, Inc., Baton Rouge, La
  • New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, New Orleans, La.  
  • Northshore Housing Initiative, Inc., Covington, La.
  • Project Build a Future, Lake Charles, La.
  • Providence Community Housing, New Orleans, La.
  • Renaissance Community Loan Fund, Gulfport, Miss
  • South Mississippi Housing and Development Corporation, Gulfport, Miss. 
  • Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation, Baton Rouge, La.

Some of the grantees’ projects include:

  • Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, Inc. will expand its real estate development pipeline to produce 25-30 homes per year as part of the organization’s response to the devastating 2016 Baton Rouge flooding.
  • Renaissance Community Loan Fund will collaborate with Hancock Resource Center to develop a vacant hotel property into 70 affordable apartments for homeless veterans in Hancock County, Miss. This supportive housing development will help alleviate chronic homelessness for veterans.
  • Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association will explore new ways to preserve affordable homeownership and to accelerate efforts to bring Road Home homeowners home in the New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. The goal is to bring back up to 15 homeowners within the next year. 

To learn more about the Section 4 program, see Enterprise's blog or read Enterprise's new report Foundation for Success: Section 4 Capacity Building.