2017 Request for Proposals: Design for Resilience Grant Program
This program provides $10,000, technical assistance, and a peer network in order to build the capacity of affordable housing organizations to assess property vulnerabilities due to climate, and then to identify and implement meaningful actions in response.
Across the nation, heatwaves, droughts and floods have become more frequent and more severe, increasing risks to people, homes and infrastructure. Low-income communities are on the front lines of this damage, and they continue to be the most vulnerable. Short-term displacement from affordable housing units can lead to long-term homelessness, temporary business closures can lead to a neighborhood-level economic downturn and disruption of community services can lead to an extended loss of service continuity. Investing in at-risk housing infrastructure before disaster strikes is one of the most cost-effective ways to protect residents and property while strengthening their ability to weather the severe storms ahead.
Through this pilot program, we will identify five affordable housing development organizations located in different regions of the United States who are at the predevelopment stage of their projects. Both the construction of new affordable housing and the rehabilitation of existing buildings are eligible to participate in this pilot, and we intend to select a mix of project types for the program which are likely to be vulnerable to a variety of hazard types. Applicants should apply with a specific property in mind on which they will implement this work between August – December of this year.
The purpose of our Design for Resilience program is to better understand and support the capacity needs of affordable housing organizations to protect their properties, residents and core assets from extreme climate impacts. This pilot will inform future efforts by Enterprise to develop tools and resources that will assist developers in creating resilient portfolios and will support resilient design and development for the affordable housing community around the nation.