Enterprise advocates for proven housing solutions and ensures government funds in New York City and State are used efficiently to maximize impact for low- and moderate-income families. For more information, please contact Lorraine Collins.
In response to Covid-19 and the growing crisis of rental arrears and potential widespread evictions once moratoria expire, we are advocating to ensure that new federal resources allocated for rent relief are deployed quickly and effectively, and we convened the New York City Eviction Prevention Roundtable, which developed proposals to improve existing rental assistance programs.
Enterprise leads the Regional Affordable and Fair Housing Roundtable in partnership with the Fair Housing Justice Center, helping to advance fair housing policies in the NYC metro area. Enterprise’s statewide fair housing advocacy includes:
- Source of Income Coalition: Enterprise co-leads the Statewide Source of Income Coalition, which in 2019 successfully advocated for statewide protections for source of income. This coalition continues to advocate for adequate enforcement of this new law, educate the public, and support other fair housing efforts. (PSA Link)
- Justice Involved Housing: A top priority originating from our Affordable and Fair Housing Roundtable, we advocate for policies that support the housing needs of justice involved New Yorkers and those exiting incarceration, including fair housing protections for those with arrest and conviction records.
- Eliminating Barriers to Housing: In 2020 we launched the Eliminating Barriers to Housing in New York (EBHNY) program in partnership with the New York State Office of the Attorney General to expand the work and reach of six full-service fair housing organizations across the state. We will continue to advocate for resources to support these organizations beyond this program. (Link Fair Housing Month Blog Post once published)
Enterprise co-leads 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. Amid the pandemic, this work has included advocacy for rental assistance and developing reforms to streamline rental assistance voucher programs and the affordable housing marketing process. We do this work in partnership with policy fellows who have lived experience that is invaluable to this advocacy.
Prevailing and Living Wage
We are continuing to explore concerns raised by many of our partners regarding the effect of prevailing wage on local hiring, minority- and women-owned business enterprises and existing disparities in the construction labor force, and promote open dialogue between labor and the affordable housing industry. We are also monitoring efforts to reform the scaffolding law.
Public housing is a critical source of permanently affordable housing, but it has suffered from decades of decreased federal funding. We advocate for adequate funding for NYCHA and upstate public housing authorities with a focus on capital needs and tenants’ rights.
Supportive housing is a proven solution to chronic homelessness, which affects people with some of the highest barriers to housing, like mental illness and addiction. We are a member of the Campaign 4 NY/NY which advocates for continued capital and service funding for new and existing supportive housing through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) and NYC 15/15 programs.
In coalition with fellow senior housing advocates, we advocate for resources and policies to support the housing and service needs of older adults.
State Housing Plan
In 2017, Enterprise was part of a coalition of housing advocates that helped inform New York State's 5-year housing plan. With that first housing plan nearing expiration, we are advocating for a new 5-year housing plan in the state budget, and for a requirement that the state release a housing plan every five years.