Our programmatic work focuses on preserving affordable housing, building the capacity of community development organizations, fostering healthy, sustainable homes, and advancing economic and racial equity.
City of Detroit Affordable Housing Preservation Partnership
In 2020, Enterprise was selected by the City of Detroit to lead the City’s affordable housing preservation strategy, which seeks to preserve long-term affordability, prevent displacement, and improve housing quality for at least 2,000 units of regulated and naturally occurring affordable housing. Partners in this effort include Cinnaire/CHN, United Community Housing Coalition, Data Driven Detroit, Community Investment Corporation, and Elevate Energy.
HUD Section 4 Capacity Building Grants and Community Development Organization Fund
Enterprise is building community development capacity in Detroit by working with local community development organizations, philanthropic partners, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Through our HUD Section 4 Grant Program and the Community Development Organization Fund (capitalized by the Kresge and Ford Foundations), we provide operating support to local community development organizations working to create or preserve affordable housing, improve neighborhood sustainability and resilience, and advance inclusive community initiatives.
Live Sinai Grace Feasibility Study
As one of ten Economic Mobility Pilot sites across Enterprise Market Offices, the Detroit Team is working to leverage partnerships between anchor institutions and community development corporations to create long-term wealth and strengthen connections between jobs and housing. Enterprise partnered with Sinai Grace Hospital, Sinai Grace Guild CDC, and U3 Advisors to assess the feasibility of an employer-assisted housing program serving new and existing low-moderate income employees of Sinai Grace Hospital. With the feasibility study completed, the program is set to launch later this year.
Enterprise Sustainability Exchange
In 2018, Enterprise delivered a series of workshops through the Enterprise Sustainability Exchange to build the capacity of community development professionals to advance environmental sustainability and resiliency goals. Here are the summaries of each workshop and accompanying resources. A follow-up survey revealed that stakeholders were most interested in resources for project financing, implementation demonstrations, and resiliency planning. We subsequently launched the Affordable Housing Green Resource Hub as a centralized guide for green multifamily project financing, and Phase II of the Enterprise Sustainability Exchange will provide direct technical assistance to two multifamily projects in need of energy efficiency improvements.
Health + Housing Charettes
As part of a national effort to demonstrate that housing is a platform for wellness, Enterprise Detroit launched an initiative with Henry Ford Hospital, Sinai Grace Hospital, and four community development corporations to begin designing housing-based solutions that advance health outcomes in two Detroit neighborhoods. Partners will work collaboratively to conduct two community-based charettes that leverage research and stakeholder engagement to identify each community’s most pressing health issues, and design potential housing programs to address these issues.
Northwest Detroit and Jefferson-Chalmers Place-Based Initiatives
Our place-based initiatives involve targeted and intensive investment of capital, grants, and technical assistance to support multifaceted neighborhood development strategies. In Northwest Detroit, Enterprise supported the Sinai Grace Guild Community Development Corporation with organizational development technical assistance, fundraising, strategic planning, and programmatic partnerships. In Jefferson-Chalmers, Enterprise supported Jefferson East, Inc. with loans and capacity building grants to advance their work in affordable housing preservation, streetscape improvement, and small business attraction.