Enterprise Community Partners (ECP) works to create opportunity for low- and moderate income people to prosper through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. By bring together public and private sector partners; EPC seeks to ensure that neighborhoods are safe, healthy, environmentally sustainable, and economically diverse places for people of all incomes to live.
Enterprise Community Partners is collaborating with the Urban Land Institute, Futurewise, Forterra, the Housing Development Consortium and Leadership for Great Neighborhoods to ensure that low-income people benefit from the region’s public transportation expansion. This partnership formed to ensure that quality affordable housing exists in close proximity to transit so that residents have affordable access to employment, education, healthy food, health care and community services.
Since 1982 ECP has put $1 billion in capital and other financial resources to work in order to create or preserved more than 200,000 healthy and affordable homes in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. ECP has led the greening of affordable housing through Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, now the design and construction standard for low-income housing in the region. Additionally, ECP initiated the Smart Growth Fund which makes low-interest capital available to local organizations to buy properties and develop affordable housing close to transportation and job centers. In other communities (Denver, Washington D.C. and the Bay Area), ECP has played a key role as a financing and a partner in community engagement around transit oriented development issues.
Enterprise works to reach out beyond the “usual suspects” to bring new voices and perspectives into the sustainable community conversation. Enterprise’s partners, and the community participants they are engaging, are committed to promoting diverse, sustainable and vibrant neighborhoods where all residents can gain access to good quality of life, educational and economic opportunities.
Use of Best Practices
The partnership will engage community members and other stakeholders in neighborhoods along existing transit hubs to align efforts and resources in a planning effort to shape housing affordability and smart growth leading to more diverse, sustainable and vibrant neighborhoods. Through education and outreach, this form of engagement can help communities be more involved and active in land use and housing policies decisions that make their neighborhoods great.
Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:
Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:
$25,000.00||to support community engagement and the development of transit oriented neighborhoods in Seattle and King County.|