Enterprise Community Partners 2013 Annual Report
Over the past three decades, we've learned what it takes to lift families out of housing insecurity and give them a fair shot at success. It takes homes that are affordable and available where the need is most acute. It takes homes that are healthy, well-designed and sustainable. And it takes homes that are connected to jobs, health care, good schools, transit and other opportunities. With the help and generosity of our partners, supporters and the entire Enterprise team, we took tremendous steps forward to put that philosophy – housing as a platform for opportunity – into action in 2013.
We worked deeply in 10 key markets to help tackle some of the toughest housing and economic problems facing communities. We established new funds to spur private investment in low-income neighborhoods. We expanded our efforts to connect low-income families to reliable public transit in eight cities. And we began a groundbreaking seven year study on the connections between green, affordable housing and long-term health. We also developed new strategies to help communities recover from and better prepare for natural disasters.
All told, we invested $2.5 billion in communities last year and financed more than 16,800 affordable homes. Since 1982, we’ve invested $16 billion in all 50 states, helped build or preserve nearly 320,000 homes and touched millions of lives. Our 2013 annual report goes into more detail on those results and shares a few stories of individuals and families whose lives have improved because of Enterprise and the talented partners we work with across the country. The report also profiles several of our donors and investors, without whom none of this work would be possible. We’re proud of our impact so far, but we also know that our work is far from done.
Our founder and inspiration, the late James W. Rouse, once said: “We can’t just settle for doing some housing, finding some jobs or building some human support systems. We must do it all – decent housing in decent neighborhoods for everyone.” This year, as we celebrate Mr. Rouse’s 100th birthday, we continue working to make his bold vision a reality, moving toward a day when every person has a safe and stable home in a vibrant community. That’s our goal, and we can’t settle for anything else.