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"At a time of rising need and dwindling resources, Enterprise remains as strong as ever. And we'll keep working until every family in the United States has a quality and affordable place to call home."

Terri L. Ludwig

President & CEO
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

J. Ronald Terwilliger

Chairman of the Board
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

As we deliver Enterprise's 2013 annual report, millions of low-income families, every day and in every community, are living in crisis. Our cause has never been more urgent, and our work has never been more important.

In communities across the country, rents are rising, wages are stagnating and working families are finding it harder to afford a decent place to call home. As a result, a record number of families are barely scraping by, living just one unforeseen event away from disaster.

On any given night, there are more than 600,000 people living on the streets or in homeless shelters. Nearly a quarter of them are children. A much larger group – nearly 19 million families – pays more than half of their monthly income on housing, often leaving them one paycheck away from losing their homes. They are the near-homeless – the next-homeless – and many are left with impossible choices like paying rent or buying groceries.

Together, these families – the near-homeless – the next-homeless – are the face of America's growing housing insecurity crisis. And at Enterprise, they are the families we aim to help.

We know that where you live has a profound impact on the person you become. Without a safe, stable home, families living in poverty simply don't have the chance to strive and succeed. In that way, housing is much more than shelter – it's a platform, the essential first rung on the ladder of opportunity. But that rung is beyond the reach of too many families today.

Over the past three decades, we've learned what it takes to lift families out of housing insecurity and give them a fair shot at success. It takes homes that are affordable and available where the need is most acute. It takes homes that are healthy, well-designed and sustainable. And it takes homes that are connected to jobs, health care, good schools, transit and other opportunities.


Where you live has a profound impact on the person you become.

With the help and generosity of our partners, supporters and the entire Enterprise team, we took tremendous steps forward to put that philosophy – housing as a platform for opportunity – into action in 2013.

We worked deeply in 10 key markets to help tackle some of the toughest housing and economic problems facing communities. We established new funds to spur private investment in low-income neighborhoods. We expanded our efforts to connect low-income families to reliable public transit in eight cities. And we began a groundbreaking seven-year study on the connections between green, affordable housing and long-term health.

We also developed new strategies to help communities recover from and better prepare for natural disasters. In fact, our annual report shows how one resident who lost her home in Superstorm Sandy found refuge in temporary housing and how the resilience of an Enterprise partner helped minimize the storm's impact on families.

All told, we invested $2.5 billion in communities last year and financed more than 16,800 affordable homes. Since 1982, we've invested $16 billion in all 50 states, helped build or preserve nearly 320,000 homes and touched millions of lives.

Our 2013 annual report goes into more detail on those results and shares a few stories of individuals and families whose lives have improved because of Enterprise and the talented partners we work with across the country. The report also profiles several of our donors and investors, without whom none of this work would be possible.

We're proud of our impact so far, but we also know that our work is far from done. Our founder and inspiration, the late James W. Rouse, once said: "We can't just settle for doing some housing, finding some jobs or building some human support systems. We must do it all – decent housing in decent neighborhoods for everyone."

This year, as we celebrate Mr. Rouse's 100th birthday, we continue working to make his bold vision a reality, moving toward a day when every person has a safe and stable home in a vibrant community. That's our goal, and we can't settle for anything else.

Enterprise is well positioned to lead this effort, with a respected bipartisan reputation in Washington, a huge network of partners and the top talent in the field. But we can't do it alone. We need your help.

We need you to join us as a partner, either through a gift, an investment or help with our work on the ground. We need you to use your voice and get involved, helping us advocate on behalf of low-income families across the country. We need you to help us build a movement – one that will settle for nothing less than stable homes and strong communities for all people.

It will not be easy, and it certainly will not be done overnight. But with enough resources, a lot of energy and your support, we will get there. We hope you'll join us.

  • Every family should have a quality and affordable home connected to jobs, health care, good schools, transit and other opportunities.

Enterprise Community Partners Board of Trustees

  • J. Ronald Terwilliger

    Chairman
    Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
    Vice Chairman
    Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.
    Chairman Emeritus
    Trammell Crow Residential
    Oyster Bay, N.Y.

  • Priscilla Almodovar

    Managing Director
    Community Development Banking,
    JP Morgan Chase
    New York, N.Y.

  • Gregory A. Baer

    Managing Director and General Counsel
    Corporate and Global Regulatory,
    JP Morgan Chase
    New York, N.Y.

  • Maria F. Barry

    Community Development Banking National Executive
    Bank of America Merrill Lynch,
    Bank of America, N.A.
    Providence, R.I.

  • Bill Beckmann

    President & CEO
    MERSCORP Holdings, Inc.
    Mortgage Electronic Registrations Systems, Inc.
    Reston, Va.

  • Raphael Bostic

    Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance & the Public Enterprise
    Director, Bedrosian Center on Governance
    Sol Price School of Public Policy
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Joseph E. Brown

    Chief Innovation Officer
    AECOM
    San Francisco, Calif.

  • Raymond Christman

    Senior Vice President and Division Director
    Trust for Public Land
    Atlanta, Ga.

  • Richard A.C. Coles

    Managing Principal
    Emmes Asset Management Company, LLC
    New York, N.Y.

  • Christopher Collins

    Co-Founder & Managing Partner
    First Atlantic Capital, LLC
    Boston, Mass.

  • Sheila Crowley

    President and CEO
    National Low Income Housing Coalition
    Washington, D.C.

  • Adam R. Flatto

    President
    The Georgetown Company
    New York, N.Y.

  • Lance Fors

    CEO
    LFI Properties
    Los Altos Hills, Calif.

  • Dora Leong Gallo

    Chief Executive Officer
    A Community of Friends
    Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Rick Lazio

    Partner
    Jones Walker L.L.P.
    New York, N.Y.

  • Terri Ludwig

    President and CEO
    Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
    Chair
    Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.
    New York, N.Y.

  • Beth Myers

    Partner
    The Shawmut Group
    Brookline, Mass.

  • Edward Norton

    Lifetime Trustee
    Actor, Producer and Director
    New York, N.Y.

  • Barbara Poppe*

    Principal
    Barbara Poppe & Associates
    Columbus, Ohio

  • Dina Habib Powell*

    Head, Goldman Sachs Bank USA's
        Urban Investment Group (UIG)
    Global Head, The Office of
        Corporate Engagement
    President, The Goldman Sachs Foundation
    Goldman, Sachs & Co.
    New York, N.Y.

  • Ronald A. Ratner*

    President and CEO
    Forest City Residential Group
    Cleveland, Ohio

  • John M. Reilly

    Executive Director
    Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation
    Bronx, N.Y.

  • Tony M. Salazar

    President, West Coast Division
    McCormack Baron Salazar
    Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Megan T. Sandel, MD*

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Boston University School of Medicine
    Boston, Mass.

  • Roy Swan

    Managing Director, Global Sustainable Finance
    Morgan Stanley
    New York, N.Y.

  • Charles R. Werhane

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.
    Columbia, Md.

* Indicates members brought on to the Board of Enterprise Community Partners as of June, 2014.

Enterprise Community Investment Board of Directors

  • Terri Ludwig

    Chair
    Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.
    President & CEO
    Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
    New York, N.Y.

  • J. Ronald Terwilliger

    Vice Chairman
    Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.
    Chairman
    Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
    Chairman Emeritus
    Trammell Crow Residential
    Oyster Bay, N.Y.

  • Bill Beckmann

    President & CEO
    MERSCORP Holdings, Inc.
    Mortgage Electronic Registrations Systems, Inc.
    Reston, Va.

  • Barry C. Curtis

    Owner & President
    Best Fence, LLC
    Glen Burnie, Md.

  • W. Kimball Griffith

    Vice President, Multifamily Affordable Sales & Investments
    Freddie Mac
    McLean, Va.

  • Ronald Grzywinski

    Retired Chairman
    ShoreBank Corporation
    Chicago, Ill.

  • Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, CPA, CFA

    Head of Relationship Management for U.S. Financial Institutions
    Moody's Investor's Services, Inc.
    New York, N.Y.

  • David D. Leopold

    Senior Vice President; Tax Credit Equity Executive
    Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    Washington, D.C.

  • Judd S. Levy

    New York State Housing Finance Agency and State of New York Mortgage Agency,
    Former Chairman

    New York, N.Y.

  • Sal K. Mirran

    Chief Executive Officer
    Meiners Partners LTD
    LaGrange, Texas

  • Shekar Narasimhan

    Managing Partner
    Beekman Advisors, Inc.
    McLean, Va.

  • Keith D. Nisbet

    Senior Vice President
    Community Capital Group
    TD Bank, N.A.
    Boston, Mass.

  • Tony M. Salazar

    President, West Coast Division
    McCormack Baron Salazar
    Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Elizabeth M. Stohr

    President/LIHTC Director
    U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation
    St. Louis, Mo.

  • Charles R. Werhane

    President & CEO
    Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.
    Columbia, Md.

Senior Advisors

  • Susan Baker

    National Alliance to End Homelessness

  • Paul Brophy
  • Brophy & Reilly LLC

  • David Callard

    Eaton Vance Investment Counsel

  • Henry Cisneros
  • CityView

  • Ronald Grzywinski
  • Carol J. Parry

    Corporate Social Responsibility Associates

  • Franklin D. Raines

  • Nicolas Retsinas

    Harvard Business School

  • Jonathan F.P. Rose

    Jonathan Rose Companies

  • Barry Zigas

    Zigas and Associates, LLC



Attorney

  • Michael I. Sanders, Esquire

    Blank Rome, LLP