Policy

Enterprise advocates for proven housing solutions and ensures government funds in New York City and State are used efficiently to maximize impact for low- and moderate-income families. For more information, please contact Lorraine Collins.
 

Recent Policy Wins

Lawful Source of Income (LSOI) Protections
We successfully advocated for a statewide ban on source of income discrimination through the End Income Bias NY campaign, co-led with ERASE Racism, the Fair Housing Justice Center, and New York Housing Conference. An amendment to the New York State Human Rights Law to include lawful source of income as a protected class for housing discrimination will ensure that anyone using non-wage income such as social security, Section 8 vouchers, disability payments and more can access housing in communities of their choice. Our coalition is now shifting focus to ensuring that these protections are coupled with adequate enforcement and education.
 

Ongoing Priorities

Fair Housing
In 2017, we co-convened the Regional Affordable and Fair Housing Roundtable in partnership with the Fair Housing Justice Center. The roundtable, comprised of nearly 30 affordable housing, community development, and fair housing organizations, set out to educate organizations and identify shared priorities that the affordable and fair housing sectors could collectively advance. Early in 2019, we debuted the Roundtable’s shared policy agenda - Closing the Divide: Creating Equitable, Inclusive and Affordable Communities.

Family Homelessness
Enterprise co-leads the Family Homelessness Coalition in advancing reforms aimed at preventing family homelessness, improving the well-being of children and families in shelter, and supporting the long-term stability of families and children who leave shelter. Specific reforms include funding services for prevention and aftercare, new forms of rental subsidy, and rapid rehousing for victims of domestic violence.

Public Housing
Public housing is a critical source of permanently affordable housing, but it has suffered from decades of decreased federal funding and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) now faces a capital backlog of $32 billion. We work alongside fellow advocates to ensure that NYCHA, and public housing authorities outside the city, receive resources at the state, local, and federal level. We also advocate for new long-term revenue sources.

Senior Housing
In coalition with fellow senior housing advocates, we are urging the New York state legislature to allocate additional resources for services to complement the development of new and rehabilitated senior housing. A study by Selfhelp found that seniors living in affordable housing with on-site services were significantly less likely to visit the ER than a control group without on-site services and had lower average Medicaid payments and hospital bills as well.

Green Initiatives
Over a decade ago, Enterprise created the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, the leading green standard for affordable housing nationwide. In 2016, we successfully lobbied to have all residential new construction and rehabilitation projects receiving city funding comply with the NYC overlay to the Green Communities Criteria. We continue to monitor city initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, such as New York City’s 80 x 50 Initiative, and evaluate their impact on operating affordable housing.

Supportive Housing
Supportive housing is a proven solution to chronic homelessness, which affects people with some of the highest barriers to housing, like mental illness and addiction. In 2017, Enterprise co-led a coalition of affordable housing advocates in getting New York State to pass a $2.5 billion housing plan, which included almost $1 million for the first 6,000 units of the State’s commitment to build 20,000 supportive housing units. We continue to advocate for long-term funding commitments from both the city and state for 35,000 units statewide over 15 years. We are monitoring progress on the city’s and state’s plans and are also advocating for much needed additional service funding for existing supportive housing units.

 

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