Over two decades ago, My grandfather, Jim Rouse and his wife Patty founded Enterprise with the ambitious goal of making sure every American lives in a decent, affordable home.
Enterprise is a national nonprofit with more than 25 years of experience in the community development and affordable housing field.
We are the leading provider of capital and expertise for affordable housing and community development.
At Enterprise, we create opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through fit, affordable housing and diverse, thriving communities.
Central to our mission is Enterprise’s fundamental commitment to give people living in poverty an opportunity to move up and out.
I have been on their board of Enterprise for 12 years and have been very active in their Green Communities initiative.
Green Communities is the first national green building program developed for affordable housing. We focus on the use of environmentally sustainable materials, reduction of negative environmental impacts and increased energy efficiency. And we emphasize designs and materials that safeguard the health of residents and locations that provide easy access to services and public transportation.
Green Communities is designed to help developers, investors, builders and residents make the transition to a greener future for affordable housing. Created in consultation with some of the nation’s leading environmental, public health and green building experts, we offer grants, loans, tax-credit equity, training and technical assistance to give developers and builders the resources they need to bring green projects to life.