Nonprofit to Help Baltimore Houses of Worship Build 600 Affordable Homes
Enterprise Community Partners has received $500,000 in grant funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support a program that helps houses of worship in Baltimore convert underutilized land into 600 affordable homes.
Enterprise’s Faith-Based Development Initiative will provide assistance to 12 Baltimore houses of worship that are addressing the affordable housing shortage in their communities through:
Funding: Support for market/feasibility studies and pre-development activities
Training: Virtual and in-person trainings to help participants understand the ins and outs of the development process
Technical assistance and tools: One-on-one technical assistance to help overcome obstacles during the development process as well as access to informational tools and resources
Access to experts: Introductions to information on development partners, such as architects and designers, real estate lawyers and development consultants
Peer-to-peer learning: Geographic cohorts of faith-based organizations will network and learn from one another as they go through the process of housing development
According to Enterprise, faith-based organizations nationwide own tens of thousands of acres of unused or underutilized land at a time when acquiring land presents a major barrier to affordable housing production.
Baltimore is part of a nationwide expansion of Enterprise’s Faith-Based Development Initiative, which is supported by an $8.5 million donation from Wells Fargo.
Photo: Wayland Village Senior Apartments in Baltimore was created in 2011 by Wayland Baptist Church in collaboration with Enterprise Community Development
Lisa McDuffie arrives at ConnectCRE via REALTOR® world, where she served for nearly two decades as communications director for one of the nation’s largest REALTOR® organizations. She supported two membership-elected presidents who were commercial real estate practitioners, and managed the communications initiatives of the organization’s commercial special interest group.
When not following the latest commercial real estate news, Lisa is zeroed in on her charismatic off-the-track thoroughbred as she makes the transition from an utterly failed racehorse to a lovely show hunter.