About the Enterprise website
The Enterprise website was made as a nonprofit organization that helps people and communities in the United States to afford a decent place called home. Rents are increasing, salaries are stagnant, and working families are suffering more than ever to afford a decent place to call home in places all over the United States. Consequently, an unprecedented number of families are barely scraping by, their lives being only one unanticipated occurrence away from calamity. Their situation is typical of America’s rising housing insecurity problem. They are the families that Enterprise is trying to assist.
Services offered in housinginsecurity.org
The housinginsecurity.org provides information about the organization. The first service they offer is the Housing Insecurity page. As per the website, America’s growing challenges for families to have a decent place to stay and live. The website provides a video titled, “Housing insecurity: Defining the problem”. It is about what they are trying to do to help the communities in the United States, the video also provides a quoted message from the Enterprise founder, Jim Rouse, “It takes a big goal, a big image to energize people. We must do it all. Decent housing in decent neighborhoods.”. For the past 30 years, Enterprise able to help millions of lives through the power of home. Nearly 19 million low-income families, spent more than half of their incomes in housing. They have to choose between paying the rent and buying groceries or going to the doctor if they are sick.
The next service offered by the website is “The Research”. It provides articles on different topics. And here are the following topics and the articles about them:
- HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
-Rental Housing Affordability – A Review of Current Research by Center for Housing Policy
-The State of the Nation’s Housing 2015 By Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University
-America’s Rental Housing: Evolving Markets and Needs: Rental Housing Affordability By Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University
-Housing Landscape 2015: An Annual Look at the Housing Affordability Challenges of America’s Working Households by Center for Housing Policy
-Worst Case Housing Needs 2015: Report to Congress – Summary by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
-Projecting Trends in Severely Cost-Burdened Renters by Enterprise Community Partners and the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
-The 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress: Part 1 by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
-The State of Homelessness in America 2015 by National Alliance to End Homelessness
-Housing Instability: A Continuum of Risk by Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness
- IMPACTS OF HOUSING INSECURITY
-Impact of Affordable Housing on Families and Communities: A Review of the Literature by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
-The Impact of Affordable Housing on Health: A Research Summary by Center for Housing Policy
-The Impact of Affordable Housing on Education: A Research Summary by Center for Housing Policy
-Behind Closed Doors: The Hidden Health Impacts of Being Behind on Rent by Children’s Health Watch
The Enterprise website also provides an interactive map under the “Coast to Coast” page that will show Housing Insecurity sorted by States. The website also provides an interactive graph report to find out how the crisis is affecting different types of households in the United States. It will provide you an option to view it by Family Type, Income, Seniors, Homeownership, Educational attainment, Race, Hispanic/Latino, and Veteran status.
The website provides inspirational stories from the families they’ve helped under the “People” page. It showcases three stories from the Bayu family, the Lee Family, and Tracy Baker stories. And the last service is the “Solution” page, where they provide information about the organization’s strategic plan. Under that field, they have a Take Action button, that links us to the donation page. The visitors of the page also can subscribe to their newsletters by clicking the “Sign Up for Our Newsletters” button.
If you have concerns, comments, and feedback, you can select the “contact us” link below their page. The website also shows a badge from the Charity Navigator, which tells the visitors of their page that they have a partnership.
How did Enterprise start?
Enterprise was created in 1982 by Jim and Patty Rouse, but its history goes back even farther, to a group of three women who had a common goal.
Terry Flood, Barbara Moore, and Carolyn Banker were friends and members of the Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C., when they approached Jim, a successful developer in the area, with a big idea: to purchase and transform the neglected Ritz and Mozart apartment buildings. Jim agreed, and the three women began working together. They had a concept but lacked the development, financial, and construction skills necessary to see it through to completion. Jim was anxious at the start of the process. In the face of adversity, Terry, Barbara, and Carolyn were determined to make nice houses for their neighbors a reality, and they put down a non-refundable deposit to purchase the buildings on their own.
Jim was moved and assisted them in securing $625,000 to complete the purchase and $125,000 to cover repair costs. Terry, Barbara, and Carolyn used their investment to found Jubilee Housing in 1973, a community group that went on to alter the Adams Morgan area of Washington, D.C. Terry, Barbara, and Carolyn received a total of $500,000 from their investment.
Therefore, they established an organization that would ultimately have the scope, scale, and skill to accomplish just that. The company’s activities range from supporting community development organizations on the ground such as Jubilee to aggregating and investing capital to make an impact in homes and communities, advocating for housing policy at every level of government, to developing and managing communities on its own. All of this is done in order to create one’s house and community places of pride, power, and belonging.