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Enterprise’s Sustainable Connected Communities (SCC) initiative unites affordable housing providers, public agencies, community leaders, advocates, and issue-area experts from across sectors to advance collective efforts. The goal is to co-create more inclusive and equitable neighborhoods and a region that truly provides opportunities for residents of all income levels. Enterprise works with our partners to increase their capacity to create healthy and stable neighborhoods, and provide  affordable housing for households in need. We work to ensure that these affordable homes are connected to resources like jobs, parks and green space, transit,  and health care.

Our program interventions include:

  • LA CDC Neighborhood Exchange, a forum for nine neighborhood-based community development corporations in LA County to advance policy solutions, share real-time lessons and strengthen practices to meet the needs of low-income residents, communities of color and nonprofit affordable housing providers Emergency Action for Resident and Partner Sustainability Program, to provide grants, expertise and tools to non-profit affordable housing providers led by and/or primarily serving communities or individuals of color. The resources support the long-term viability and sustainability of these community partners as they, and their communities, recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • LA ROSAH Collaborative, a multisector coalition of public and nonprofit partners focused on (1) integrating parks and affordable housing development with other infrastructure investments and (2) advancing policy solutions for equitable economic growth without displacement.
  • Los Angeles Regional Exchanges, multi-sectoral convenings  to advance public, private and community collaborations, develop tools, build capacity, and advance innovative solutions for our region’s most pressing challenges.  These events provide vital education on a range of real-time challenges and opportunities to help build and preserve equitable, healthy and resilient communities and affordable homes.
  • LA Acq/Rehab Working Group, a group of nonprofit affordable housing providers, community land trusts (CLTs) and allies working together to stabilize families and neighborhoods by acquiring and rehabilitating unsubsidized housing and preserve them as permanently affordable, community-controlled homes.

The SCC initiative is made possible through the generous support of Ballmer Group, the California Community Foundation, CIT Bank, JPMorgan Chase Foundation and Wells Fargo.
 

Equitable Recovery in LA: Homes, Land, and Justice

August 12, 2020 and November 4, 2020 - Public partners, affordable housing developers, nonprofits, advocates, and community-based organizations came together to define shared values and map out strategies for an equitable Covid-19 recovery in the LA region. Resilient Cities Catalyst utilized data and outputs from this workshop to complete supplementary research on global best practices related to property acquisition, infrastructure investments and innovative funding mechanisms and how these innovative approaches might be applied in the LA region. In a panel moderated by Miguel Santana, Chair, Committee for Greater LA, local and national experts panel and facilitated breakout sessions to lift up a set of policies to close the wealth gap and ensure long-term affordability and community resilience.

SPARCC Event Transitioning to a Just and Equitable Green Economy

August 26, 2020 - Communities across the US are facing the converging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic insecurity, inequality, and climate change. Many communities have a cultural connection to land and build on a history of collective action and mutual aid that comes to the forefront during a time of crisis, keeping communities structurally sound and socially connected. Federal and state programs and policies are being put in place to respond to the immediate threats. Yet we know there will also be a need for long-term change. What are the barriers, opportunities, and solutions in advancing climate resilience? How can non-profits come together to support local action while also leveraging long-term systems change to support a more permanent climate transition now and in the future?

This session highlighted tools and approaches from SPARCC sites and other cities to advance community-based climate resilience without also leading to gentrification. We will discuss frameworks for supporting investments that provide economic, social, health benefits; integrated infrastructure examples that invest in climate resilience and long-term affordability, and workforce strategies that are just and equitable. We will leave with the role that SPARCC partners and non-profits can play to integrate across disciplines to create lasting change. Speakers and panelists include Marissa Ramirez, NRDC, Khalil Shahyd, NRDC, Natalie Zappella, Enterprise Community Partners, Erica Holloman, West Atlanta Water Alliance (WAWA).

Social Housing, Homes Guarantee and Covid-19 Recovery

June 17, 2020 - A Regional Exchange connecting regional Covid-recovery efforts to the national Homes Guarantee movement and international social housing best practices. Presenters included: Tara Raghuveer, Director, KC Tenants and Housing Campaign Director, People’s Action; Joe Donlin, Associate Director, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE); Elaina Houser, Legislative Director, LA City Councilmember Mike Bonin; and Natalie Bonnewit, Principal, Bonnewit Development Services. The convening provided inspiration and insight to local leaders to reimagine housing in Los Angeles, building on the national housing justice movement and social housing models in Europe.

Equitable Development in Action: Lessons from the 11th Street Bridge Park

July 24, 2019 - Scott Kratz, Director of the 11th Street Bridge Park, shared process and lessons learned when creating an equitable development plan for a Washington, D.C., park.

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  • 11th Street Bridge Park: A project of Building Bridges Across the River Presentation
  • Video: Scott Katz lecture - Implementing Equitable Development Planning for the 11th Street Bridge Park Project

Understanding Measure A & Prop 68 for Parks + Housing Joint Development

July 16, 2019 - Affordable housing developers, community-based organizations and advocates learned how to access two public funding sources for parks and green infrastructure: Prop 68 and Measure A.

Funding for Multifamily Seismic Resilience

April 30, 2019 – Enterprise, the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) and the city of Los Angeles conducted a listening session with 50 affordable housing developers, community development corporations and public agency staff representing the county of Los Angeles and the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and West Hollywood to gather feedback on CEA's expanded residential seismic retrofit program and how to make it more useful. 

Partnerships for Equitable and Inclusive Neighborhoods

November 6, 2018 – More than 70 affordable housing and community development practitioners participated in Partnerships for Equitable and Inclusive Neighborhoods at the California Community Foundation. The convening showcased the programmatic alignment of our Sustainable Connected Communities and Homelessness and Supportive Housing programs. Two lively panels explored emerging themes in the field: fostering meaningful community engagement throughout the development process and real estate joint ventures. Keynote speaker Beth Babcock, Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) CEO, offered a provocative discussion of the use of brain science to humanize the experience of poverty and its impact on decision-making.

Financing Community Resilience: Displacement, Climate and Earthquakes

October 1, 2018 - More than 100 community stakeholders and subject experts discussed breakthrough ideas and solutions during Enterprise’s Financing Community Resilience: Displacement, Climate and Earthquakes. The daylong convening featured speakers from leading seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones to South LA legacy business owner and resident Aaron Flournoy.

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Housing & Economic Mobility Planning Session

Sept. 7, 2018 – The Housing & Economic Mobility planning session brought together the Southern California affordable housing and community development sectors to look at how to advance racial equity by strengthening pathways to opportunity in our communities.

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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.

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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:

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.

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