Opportunity360 Resources

The following resources from Enterprise and our partners examine key factors in creating opportunity – current conditions, predictions for the future and factors important for access to greater opportunity.

For additional resources from Enterprise Community Partners, visit the Enterprise Resource Center.

Opportunity Zone Eligibility Tool

Opportunity Zone Eligibility Tool

This tool is designed to help states and others interested in Opportunity Zone eligibility to determine which tracts in their state or region are eligible and how eligible tracts relate to other federal programs and designations. In addition, users can filter tracts using the Opportunity360 Outcome Indices and view a the Opportunity360 Measurement Report for each tract.

You Don't Have to Live Here: Why Housing Messages Are Backfiring and 10 Things We Can Do About It

You Don't Have to Live Here: Why Housing Messages Are Backfiring and 10 Things We Can Do About It

In this paper, we lay out the challenges that advocates face and use new research conducted by the FrameWorks Institute to put forward evidence-based messaging recommendations that can be used to advance a strong affordable housing and community development agenda. Our goal is to equip housing and community development advocates with evidence about which messages work (and which don’t) as well as to use communications to expand the public discourse on housing issues – ostensibly paving the way for real and lasting systems change.

Finding a Frame for Affordable Housing

Finding a Frame for Affordable Housing: Findings from Reframing Research on Affordable Housing and Community Development

An effective framing strategy is needed to build public understanding of affordable housing and community development and generate support for change. This report outlines the findings from a series of interrelated investigations aimed at finding effective frames.The authors hope that a transparent approach to the research, and its methods and findings, will enable advocates to trust and share the recommended reframing techniques.

Piecing it Together

Piecing it Together: A Framing Playbook for Affordable Housing Advocates

This framing playbook, distills and illustrates a set of practical recommendations to achieve four important communications goals: Elevate the issue, Explain disparities, Make the case for community development organizations, and Highlight solutions within our reach.

Equity, Opportunity and the Regional Planning Process

Equity, Opportunity and the Regional Planning Process: Data and Mapping in Five U.S. Metropolitan Areas

This paper investigates how equity and opportunity maps have been integrated into planning processes in five regions across the country. Through interviews with key stakeholders, the authors explore how regional equity and opportunity maps have been useful in catalyzing engagement on equity issues, making the case for local and regional policy changes, and adopting meaningful equity-oriented planning and policy changes.

Projecting Trends in Severely Cost-Burdened Renters

Projecting Trends in Severely Cost-Burdened Renters

This analysis by Enterprise Community Partners and the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies finds that the number of households spending 50 percent or more of their income on rent is expected to rise at least 11 percent from 11.8 million to 13.1 million by 2025.

Impact of Affordable Housing on Families and Communities

Impact of Affordable Housing on Families and Communities: A Review of the Evidence Base

This review compiles what we know about the effects of stable and affordable housing, compiling defensible points with supporting evidence to serve as a resource for understanding and communicating the many benefits of affordable housing.

Creating Equitable Student Outcomes

Creating Equitable Student Outcomes: How Housing and Education Policy are Intertwined

This report examines how segregation in education and housing prevents children from different socioeconomic and racial/ethnic backgrounds from achieving the greatest possible academic success. It details the ways in which the United States has tried over the years to address disparities in academic achievement, and how housing policies and practices remain connected to those efforts.

The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Education: A Research Summary

The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Education: A Research Study

This study reviews the various ways in which provisions of affordable housing, such as production, rehabilitation and others may affect children’s educational outcomes.

Food at Home

Food at Home: Affordable Housing as a Platform to Overcome Nutritional Challenges

This report highlights some of the existing programs and best practices in addressing the nutritional needs of low-income communities. It also provides recommendations for how affordable housing and housing providers can serve as a crucial conduit for providing low-income families with access to healthy foods and fostering healthy eating.

Promoting Opportunity through Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

Promoting Opportunity through Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (eTOD): A Research Summary

This report shows how investments in transit infrastructure and related community projects can significantly enhance opportunity for low- and moderate-income families. Equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD) is one tool that ensures the inclusivity of high-opportunity neighborhoods, despite the property value increases that often result from transit investments.

New Starts: Leveraging the New Transit Policy Guidance To Create Inclusive Communities of Opportunity

New Starts: Leveraging the New Transit Policy Guidance To Create Inclusive Communities of Opportunity

The Federal Transit Administration released Policy Guidance for the New Starts program, which is the primary federal funding source for new transit investments. This Policy Focus issue brief analyzes the details of the guidance, describes its implications for various stakeholders, and makes recommendations based on best practices from regions across the country, including Atlanta, Denver, San Francisco and Seattle.

Toward an Equitable Region

Toward an Equitable Region: Lessons from Baltimore’s Sustainable Communities Initiative

In 2011, the Baltimore, Maryland, region received a $3.5 million grant to conduct a planning process aimed at improving regional sustainability with a focus on decreasing disparities in access to opportunity for low-income residents. This report analyzes Baltimore’s process and plans to assess the challenges and possibilities of planning for regional equity.

Opportunity360 Index Methodology

Opportunity360 Index Methodology

This document describes the process of collecting, transforming, and aggregating data into opportunity scores. The first section describes the indicators and data sources used to measure opportunity; the following section describes how the aggregate opportunity measures are computed.

Opportunity360 Data Dictionary

Opportunity360 Data Dictionary

Opportunity360 blends data hosted by PolicyMap, public data aggregated and processed by Enterprise Community Partners, and proprietary data purchased from third party providers. This data dictionary is organized by section in the Opportunity360 Measurement Report, and includes sources and links to further documentation for each indicator.