Over more than a decade, Enterprise has helped people and communities recover and rebuild after disasters. Along the way, we’ve gained valuable knowledge on how to minimize the impact of weather-related events, and we’re using that expertise to inform our disaster preparedness tools for partners in low-income neighborhoods.
And there’s more to come – as part of the Climate Strong Islands Initiative, we are leading a collaborative effort with Asociación de Constructores de Puerto Rico and other key partners which has written Keep Safe: Strategies for Puerto Rico Housing Resilience, a manual for building homes to withstand future disasters.
As we work toward long-term recovery and rebuilding after natural disasters, we’ll continue to equip communities with the technical resources they need to become – and remain – prepared.
No two disasters are alike, but the people whose lives and homes are affected all need the same thing – a safe and secure future, starting with an affordable home built to be resilient.
Stay connected with Enterprise and join our efforts to make homes and communities stronger, more equitable and better prepared in the face of disaster.
A Guide for Resilient Housing Design in Island Communities
Keep Safe(Manténgase Seguro) is a guide that offers specific guidance on the conditions in island communities that make buildings and people vulnerable to disaster. Whether you plan to build a new house or want to retrofit the one you live in now, you will find strategies that reap multiple benefits of your investment.
We brought heart and expertise to 2017’s fierce weather events – getting capital to recovering communities and advocating for sound policy. See how we’re driving smart, resilient design so all families are disaster-prepared and opportunity bound.
“We can breathe easy,” says Scenacia Jones now that her new RAPIDO home is complete. Read the new Washington Post article
Homes and communities nationwide shouldn’t have to brace and hope for the best before each weather-related event. Enterprise’s Laurie Schoeman shares how we help neighborhoods be prepared.
As a proven and powerful nonprofit, Enterprise brings a wealth of knowledge and technical resources. We also offer access to a wide range of capital to help communities recover and rebuild.
When we work with communities to rebuild homes, we also rebuild futures. By identifying the unique needs of each community, we help make homes and surrounding communities stronger. And we pass on our know-how to community leaders, local decisionmakers and developers so that our knowledge lives on in the places its needed most.
In many communities where we’ve helped, we have long-standing relationships with housing and community leaders plus dedicated staff on the ground who form strong ties with local organizations.
More recently, following catastrophic weather events in 2017, Enterprise created the Enterprise Hurricane Recovery Fund. To date we have provided $1 million in urgently needed grants to community organizations.
Rapid Recovery Loan Fund
Enterprise and partners have created a $15 million disaster recovery loan fund for affordable housing and community development organizations working to restore communities struck by the 2017 hurricanes and the California fires. The Funding for Rapid Recovery and Rebuilding collaboration includes Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Mercy Loan Fund and NeighborWorks. Lower-interest loans of up to $1 million are meant to provide a bridge for organizations awaiting insurance payments and other funding. The loans can be approved and disbursed swiftly to spur the repair and rebuilding of affordable homes, community facilities and businesses.
Our technical resources offered trusted guidance and expertise on removing mold and other important post-disaster work.
We work collaboratively with our partners and the communities they serve, tailoring our services to the unique challenges and opportunities wherever we work.
- Navigate federal regulatory requirements: We bring technical expertise and knowledge of federal agencies and programs like CDBG-DR, New Markets Tax Credits, etc.
- Streamlined implementation: Our extensive experience working with HUD and other funders ensures programs move forward effectively and recovery and rebuilding proceed on schedule.
- Tailored strategies: Our teams comprehensively assess communities’ specific mid- and long-term disaster recovery needs.
- Continuum of services: We deliver best practices and insights at each stage of a community’s recovery and rebuilding efforts.
- Enhanced local capacity: We focus on the long-term sustainability of affordable housing and community development systems and networks.
Enterprise Community Partners created the Hurricane Community Recovery Fund in 2017, following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the heavily damaged regions of Texas, Louisiana, the Southeast, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
We invite you to support Enterprise’s relief and recovery efforts. Individuals can donate online. Please choose Enterprise Hurricane Community Recovery Fund from the dropdown menu. Checks also can be mailed to: Enterprise Community Partners, PO Box 64854, Baltimore, MD 21264. Please indicate “Hurricane Community Recovery Fund” on the memo line of the check.
For corporations and foundations interested in getting involved in our recovery efforts through a contribution to the Hurricane Community Recovery Fund, please contact: Tim May, Resource Development, 410.772.5296, to discuss support opportunities.
Enterprise’s robust policy advocacy ensures federal resources reach people and communities in the greatest need.
As a trusted advisor to members of Congress and the administration, we advocate on behalf of low-income people and communities recovering and rebuilding after disasters – informing federal, state and local policy.
Our experienced policy team helps:
- Highlight the need for dedicated technical assistance and capacity building for governments and nonprofits receiving federal funds and interfacing with federal rebuilding programs
- Develop and share best practices on the administration of federal funds
- Advocate for smarter standards to ensure the billions of dollars spent on rebuilding will not put people, property and taxpayer dollars at risk from future natural events.