Enterprise’s Sustainable Connected Communities (SCC) initiative unites affordable housing developers, community-based organizations from across sectors, public agencies, community leaders and advocates to advance collective efforts and co-create more inclusive and equitable neighborhoods that provide opportunities for residents of all income levels. Enterprise works with these partners to increase their capacity to create healthy and stable communities, and preserve affordable housing for households in need. We are also working to ensure that these affordable homes are connected to resources like jobs, schools, transit and health care.

One of our program interventions is a regional training series to advance sustained public, private and community collaborations and to create training materials and toolkits that capture best practices and lessons learned. Our training is providing vital education on a range of real-time challenges and opportunities in these neighborhoods as well as existing and new financial tools to help build and preserve affordable homes in thriving communities.

Through this training series SCC aims to:

  • Foster more durable and strategic partnerships between the public, private and nonprofit sectors
  • Build deeper capacity and sophistication of these entities to navigate and respond to equitable development needs of the communities they serve
  • Catalyze larger scale project development including more sustainable housing, green and transportation infrastructure.

The SCC initiative and training series is made possible through the generous support of the Ahmanson Foundation, California Community Foundation, CIT/OneWest Bank, Citi, JPMorgan Chase Foundation and Wells Fargo.


Building Equitable Communities: A Housing and Parks Summit

Oct. 25-26, 2017 – Enterprise hosted the third in our six-part Sustainable Connected Communities training series in collaboration with the Los Angeles Regional Open Space and Affordable Housing (LA ROSAH). The Building Equitable Communities: A Housing and Parks Summit focused on the integration of affordable housing and public open space to build a better pathway for equity-oriented developments and anti-displacement public policy.

More than 130 people attended each day of the summit, attesting to great need for and interest in this conversation. The first day focused on sharing LA ROSAH’s vision for equitable, integrated development across sectors; the existing system for land use, financing, and anti-displacement policy; and the challenge of segregation and intersections of race, place and development. The second day highlighted the redevelopment of the 11th Street Bridge in Washington, D.C., and the approach taken to develop a community-based, more equitable approach to mitigate the displacement threats.

LA ROSAH also shared the initial land use framework for potential sites suitable for parks and housing integrated development, and participants engaged in discussions to provide important feedback. The summit closed with a panel on emerging opportunities and benefits from the integration across affordable housing and parks sectors, including homelessness, community engagement, capital innovations and policy strategies.

Day 1
 - Program Agenda and Bios
 - Opening Presentation
 - The Challenge: Urban Segregation and the Intersections of Race and Place
 - Glossary of Key Terms

Day 2
 - 11th Street Bridge Park: The Forethought and Intentionality
 - 11th Street Bridge Park: Additional Resources and Suggested Reading
 - The Big Idea: Open Space and Housing Joint Development

Advancing Equity through Housing and Transportation

May 31, 2017 – The second Sustainable Connected Communities forum in our six-part series focused on transportation and housing. More than 90 attendees representing 52 organizations attended the daylong training which included in-depth panel presentations, case studies, tool demonstrations and interactive discussions on how to improve cross-sector collaboration for more equitable and just growth.  Participants learned about:

  • The intersection between equity, transportation, housing and public health
  • How public agencies can collaborate with affordable housing and community-based organizations to design community-driven projects that will ultimately improve the community's health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Specific opportunities and resources to promote development without displacement for public agencies, advocates and housing developers
  • Data and tools to better inform public investment and increase equity


Speaker Biographies


Opening Presentation

Building the Path for Collaborative Action
 - Keynote Address Manuel Pastor: Planning for an Equitable LA
 - Metro: Information Guide on Measure M Handout

Data Informed Decision Making and Case Study
 - Data Tools for Equitable Planning and Development
 - Screening for Justice Data and Mapping to Inform Decision Making
 - Climate Smart Cities: Trust for Public Land
 - Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: Health Impact Assessment
 - TransForm: GreenTRIP Connect Handout
 - East Los Angeles Community Corporation: Los Lirios Case Study
 - Climate Smart Cities: Application to Los Lirios Case Study

Financial Tools for Building Opportunity-Rich Neighborhoods

March 15, 2017 - More than 70 participants representing 48 organizations learned about traditional and emerging financial strategies to build and preserve affordable housing in rapidly changing neighborhoods. The panel discussions, expert presentations, case studies and roundtable networking examined funding sources from local, state and federal programs, financial institutions and the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program.


Speakers Bios

Opening Presentation

Meet the Financial Tools
 - Presentation
 - Handout
 - Resources

Meet the Case Studies

California Climate Investments - Breakout
 - Building Multi-Benefit Projects
 - Enterprise AHSC Practice Overview

Financing Strategies to Preserve Neighborhoods Rental and Homeownership - Breakout
 - Alternative Homeownership Models
 - Additional Resources
 - City of Los Angeles New Generation Fund 

Preservation through Retrofitting - Breakout
 - Energy Efficiency Retrofit Financing
 - Low Income Weatherization Program (LIWP)
 - EE financing and Multi-family Programs