Enterprise Releases First of Its Kind Affordable Multifamily Housing Resilience Manual to Help Owners Protect against Extreme Weather

New York – November 30, 2015 – Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise), a national leader in affordable housing and community development, today released Ready to Respond: Strategies for Multifamily Building Resilience, a collection of 19 practical strategies for affordable multifamily building owners to make their buildings more resilient against the effects of extreme weather events.

The resilience manual was developed to provide guidance to affordable multifamily building owners on retrofit strategies that will help protect and adapt their properties to a variety of climate hazards typical to the Northeastern United States. The manual draws on lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy and other extreme weather events, with input from over 50 technical experts, to help building owners better prepare their buildings for future climate impacts. It supports the Enterprise Green Communities 2015 Criteria Design for Resilience criteria.

“Enterprise is proud to share this overview of resiliency strategies to help affordable multifamily housing owners protect their buildings and the families who live in them,” said Judi Kende, Vice President and New York Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. “Superstorm Sandy disproportionately impacted low-income communities, those with the fewest resources to recover. Unless owners take the necessary steps to make their buildings disaster-ready, extreme weather events will continue to threaten the safety and security of their residents and the viability of New York City’s critical affordable housing stock.”

“As we learned from Superstorm Sandy, increasing the resilience of multifamily residential buildings is critical to making our region safer in the face of climate change,” said Holly Leicht, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. “The HUD-funded Multifamily Resilience Manual released by Enterprise Community Partners today is so valuable because it walks owners and managers through the practical steps to achieve that goal and protect their tenants.”

Recent climate disasters such as Superstorm Sandy made it clear that multifamily affordable housing organizations face a unique set of challenges when responding to, recovering from and planning for climate impacts and emergencies. Low-income communities are especially vulnerable when disaster strikes because they have fewer resources to help them recover. With the frequency of storms, floods, and other extreme weather events, the costs associated with recovery and response are rapidly rising.

“A key goal of Mayor de Blasio is preserving our housing stock, and that includes making it more resilient to increasingly harsh and extreme weather patterns. Enterprise’s Ready to Respond: Tools for Resilience will do exactly that, and help low-income New Yorkers stay warm, dry, and in their homes after a storm,” NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Vicki Been said. “Enterprise has been an invaluable partner as we push to fortify our affordable housing and provide shelter to some of our most vulnerable citizens. We learned many lessons in the wake of increasingly damaging storms, and we have built back and built stronger. This manual is an important resource for building owners to continue to do that. I commend Enterprise for their dedication to safe homes for all New Yorkers.” 

“Preparing multifamily housing to withstand extreme weather, especially in dense, older cities like New York, poses significant design, cost, and safety challenges. Enterprise has been a leader in helping buildings find creative solutions to these challenges, and with this manual they have made their expertise available to a wider audience,” said Ingrid Gould Ellen, Director of the Urban Planning Program at NYU Wagner and Faculty Director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.

“Working with Enterprise, we have implemented important steps to make JASA housing more resilient and to ensure safe, reliable shelter for the seniors who rely on us.  This toolkit includes practical steps that can assist housing managers facing a myriad of challenges,” said Kathryn Haslanger, CEO, Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA).

The manual is the third in a suite of tools called the Ready to Respond: Tools for Resilience, created by Enterprise to help affordable housing organizations manage shocks from major disasters and develop the resilience needed to adapt to future emergencies. In addition to Ready to Respond: Strategies for Multifamily Building Resilience, Enterprise developed the Ready to Respond: Disaster Staffing Toolkit, released in August 2015, and the Are You Ready to Respond? organizational self-assessment for emergency readiness.  All the tools can be found at www.EnterpriseCommunity.org/readytorespond

 

About Enterprise Community Partners, Inc
Enterprise works with partners nationwide to build opportunity. We create and advocate for affordable homes in thriving communities linked to jobs, good schools, health care and transportation. We lend funds, finance development and manage and build affordable housing, while shaping new strategies, solutions and policy. Over more than 30 years, Enterprise has created nearly 340,000 homes, invested $18.6 billion and touched millions of lives.

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