Disaster Recovery & Rebuilding

Disaster Recovery & Rebuilding

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.

Keep Safe     Manténgase Seguro



A Guide for Resilient Community Center Design in Island Communities

Communities Together aims to discern individual and community needs that a Community Resilient Hub can provide, offer strategies to enhance community preparedness, and highlight physical design and infrastructure elements essential to withstand chronic stresses and acute shocks.

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Una guía para el centro de la comúnidad resistente diseño en las comunidades isleñas

Comunidades Juntas propone a discerner a las necesidades individuales y comunales que pude proveer un centro de la comúnidad resistente, ofrece estrategias para mejorar la preparación de la comunidad, y destacar el diseño físico y los elementos de infraestructura esencial para resistir a los estreses crónicos y a los tremors agudos.

Descargar Comunidades Juntas


Rebuilding Futures Together

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

A Minute with Laurie Schoeman: Hurricane Season

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. 

Live Stream: Hurricane Maria Recovery in Puerto Rico

Enterprise’s Marion McFadden speaks at a Puerto Rico convening about the resources Congress has made available for Hurricane Maria disaster recovery.

Rebuiding Futures
Rebuilding Futures Together
Hurricane Season
A Minute with Laurie Schoeman: Hurricane Season
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Live Stream: Hurricane Maria Recovery in Puerto Rico
How We Help

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.

Enterprise played a significant role after Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast region and Superstorm Sandy in New York.

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.


recovery technical assistance

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.


disaster recovery team


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.


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Our Hurricane Recovery Fund provided $1 million in urgently needed grants and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations in the regions, supporting short-term relief and longer-term recovery and rebuilding efforts

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.


Donate to the Recovery Fund

Technical Resources

disaster recovery coordination team

Enterprise has helped inform the recovery and rebuilding of thousands of affordable homes in Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and New York, helping communities develop homes to a greener, healthier standard and designing them with flood-proofing and other risk-mitigation features. Through this work, we have developed several helpful resources: 

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Featured Resources

Field Guide for Clean-up of Flooded Homes

An illustrated step-by-step guide for do-it-yourselfers and contractors seeking to prevent mold-related health problems and save storm-damaged homes.

Strategies for Multifamily Building Resilience

A collection of 19 practical strategies for building owners to make their properties more prepared for the effects of extreme weather events. 

Disaster area

A guide to help organizations develop comprehensive disaster staffing plans in the event of a disaster.

Policy Advocacy

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.


Policy Advocacy

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.
Blog Post

Oversight Hearing Held on HUD's Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Program

The U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing & Urban Development, and Related Agencies held an oversight hearing on the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery program. The hearing primarily focused on the pace at which HUD has been deploying funds to grantees, and the delays that many communities are facing in receiving their appropriated dollars.
Blog Post

Listen Now: The Building Blocks Podcast

Building Blocks: Connecting People, Places and Policy features thought-provoking conversations about the current issues, trends, ideas and big questions facing the affordable housing and community development fields in the United States.
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