Our programmatic work addresses the most critical problems facing communities, from homelessness to ensuring housing is green and healthy.
The Vulnerable Populations team supports the housing stability of vulnerable populations and develops innovative housing-based models to advance economic opportunity as a housing stability and homelessness prevention strategy. For more information, please contact Michelle Mulcahy.
The Neighborhood Impact team advances solutions to strengthen the physical and organizational infrastructure responsible for New York State’s affordable housing, equipping stakeholders with tools to improve resident outcomes through quality affordable housing in stable neighborhoods. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Zeldin.
The Public Housing team provides comprehensive programmatic, capital and policy support for public housing agencies and stakeholders to ensure public housing is preserved as green, healthy and resilient communities connected to opportunity. For more information, please contact Ed Braxton.
Enterprise Communities Plus
Enterprise Communities Plus (EC Plus) is a housing and economic mobility platform that is designed to help low-income families with children enhance their housing stability and strengthen their financial security through three initiatives:
- Service Connections
Enterprise is developing a neighborhood-based service coordination network comprised of curated service providers, housing providers and interested residents to more intentionally serve whole families. By connecting these stakeholders at the neighborhood level and coordinating resources for families, EC Plus aims to break down silos that have traditionally kept the housing and services sectors distinct and apart.
- Housing Career Pathways Initiative
In partnership with New York City Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), three leading workforce development providers, and an advisory group of a dozen housing providers and other government agencies, we are developing a groundbreaking, scalable program to train and connect low-income New Yorkers to quality, permanent jobs in the affordable housing industry.
- Rent to Build Credit
The Rent to Build Credit initiative is an asset-building focused program that enables residents to build their credit scores through on-time rentals payments. In partnership with the New York City Comptroller’s Office, we are collaborating with community partners, housing providers, and management companies to launch this initiative in three neighborhoods.
We co-lead 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.
In partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice, the Fortune Society, Fair Housing Justice Center and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), we are developing the Justice-Involved Housing Platform, a two-pronged initiative to 1) educate affordable housing developers and landlords about the needs of formerly incarcerated individuals, and 2) identify best sustainable housing models for successful reentry after incarceration.
Healthy Aging in Place Demonstration
The Healthy Aging in Place Demonstration Project 1.0 (Healthy Aging 1.0) served elder residents in East Harlem, offering social service coordination, assistance with relocation to lower floor apartments, and unit retrofits. Future iterations of this pilot program will include partnerships with the healthcare sector in hopes to address chronic health conditions of seniors who are aging in affordable housing.
Anti-Displacement Learning Network
In partnership with the New York Office of the Attorney General, Enterprise launched the New York State Anti-Displacement Learning Network to support municipalities and/or counties in New York State to work collaboratively with local stakeholders in affected communities to identify and implement high-impact anti-displacement strategies that will reduce or prevent the displacement of the most vulnerable populations, particularly low-income households and/or people of color.
Asset Management University
Enterprise developed Asset Management University (AMU) to build long-term asset management practices into the operations of affordable housing owners. AMU was a training and technical assistance program that supported 17 nonprofit organizations and minority and women owned business enterprises to better undertake asset management of a combined portfolio of over 14,000 units.
Brownsville Health and Housing Integration Collaborative
In collaboration with the Brownsville Community Justice Center, Enterprise undertook an intensive, place-based health and housing strategy in Brownsville, Brooklyn. This work included engaging housing developers, public health officials and residents in our Health Action Plan, and a learning collaborative of residents and landlords to discuss opportunities to improve health through housing.
In partnership with the NYS Office of the Attorney General and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Enterprise launched and is now overseeing Cities RISE Phase I and Cities RISE Phase II to equip municipalities with tools and techniques to better diagnose problems related to problem properties and housing quality standards, create interventions, and improve systems and processes. Read more.
Community Land Trusts (CLTs)
Enterprise has partnered with the New York Office of the Attorney General to launch a groundbreaking grant program to support the formation and development of Community Land Trusts (CLTs) throughout New York State to develop and promote new models of community ownership of affordable housing and community spaces. Read more about CLTs and view highlights from our first two rounds of funding.
Enterprise Leadership Institute
The Enterprise Leadership Institute was a comprehensive 18-month training, networking, coaching and mentoring program to support the next generation of CDC leaders. The Enterprise Leadership Institute was developed to build a strong, diverse cohort of future community development corporation (CDC) leaders to address a growing leadership void as a generation of executive directors nears retirement. Given the community-based nature of CDCs and their historic and contemporary importance in addressing structural racial and economic inequities, the program intentionally focused on cultivating leaders who represent the communities they serve. Read more.
Faith-Based Development Initiative
Enterprise provides a range of technical assistance and grant support to faith-based organizations in New York State who seek to repurpose their land for affordable housing development. The goal of the work is to build the capacity of our faith-based partners to joint venture with mission-aligned developers and accelerate affordable housing production.
Green Funding and Resources For New York City Affordable Multifamily Housing
Enterprise has developed a comprehensive guide to green funding programs and resources for New York affordable housing owners. The Green Funding and Resources For New York City Affordable Multifamily Housing guide lists available financing programs that provide grants, loans, tax credits, and other incentives to facilitate efficiency upgrades at low- or no-cost, for affordable multifamily housing owners.
Land Bank Community Revitalization Initiative
In partnership with the New York State Office of the Attorney General, Enterprise has been supporting land banks across the state protect homeowners and neighborhoods by acquiring vacant, blighted homes and transforming them into community assets. Enterprise is currently working with 25 urban and rural land banks.
Landlord Ambassadors Program
In 2017, Enterprise launched the Landlord Ambassadors Program in partnership with New York City Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) by selecting community-based nonprofits to help owners of small and midsized buildings throughout the city take advantage of HPD’s affordable housing programs and provide financial stabilization strategies. In 2019, the program was expanded upstate with the New York State Office of the Attorney General.
Manufactured Home Acquisitions
Manufactured home parks are home to approximately 85,000 New York State households and represent a significant source of housing for low- and moderate-income people. Enterprise is partnering with the New York State Department of Housing and Community Renewal to provide funding for mission-based owners or resident cooperatives to acquire and rehabilitate parks.
Our training series equips affordable housing providers to better meet the needs of New Yorkers they serve. Each year, our training series provides workshops, panels and sessions on topics such as Low-Income Housing Tax Credit compliance, service needs of seniors and vulnerable populations, sustainability and resiliency measures, and communications messaging for community leaders.
Food Access and Affordability Pilot
Through a 6-month process with Enterprise, the residents of the Farragut Houses public housing in Fort Greene, Brooklyn designed a new model for affordable and convenient access to groceries for low-income families and negotiated community benefits such as waived membership fees, reduced order minimums, delivery, and additional promotions.
Sustainability and Resilience
Enterprise supports sustainability in public housing by providing technical assistance to integrate green, resilient, healthy, and age-friendly design through programs like the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s National Disaster Resilience Competition. Enterprise has also advised NYCHA on ways to incorporate resilient, sustainable, and healthy design features into their preservation projects, including through the integration of Enterprise Green Communities Criteria.
Public Housing Design Excellence Fellowship
Enterprise seeded the creation of a Public Housing Design Excellence Fellowship at NYCHA, through which NYCHA released a set of design guidelines for the rehabilitation of its buildings to create more connected communities. These guidelines focus on integrating NYCHA with surrounding communities, creating accessible and attractive housing, and building facilities that are high quality, durable, and easy to maintain.
Expanding Choice in Housing Choice Voucher Programs
Enterprise supports housing agencies to expand the options available for voucher holders in the Housing Choice Voucher program (HCV), commonly known as Section 8, which provides low-income families with rental subsidies for high-quality homes in low poverty communities with quality schools.
RAD Roundtable and Best Practices
Enterprise has developed educational tools and convened a series of trainings and peer-to-peer learning opportunities focused on the PACT/RAD program for a range of stakeholders including community-based organizations, residents, and development teams to explore topics such as service coordination, joint venture partnerships, and employment and training opportunities at PACT/RAD sites. Explore our RAD toolkit.
New York State Preservation Opportunities Program
Enterprise will support local housing agencies and authorities outside of New York City to develop strategic approaches to preserving existing affordable housing portfolios. Housing authorities or municipal housing agencies throughout New York State will receive individualized financing and development plans, education around preservation options, funding for physical needs assessment, and early predevelopment and acquisition costs.