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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.

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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