Rural & Native American via Crowdrise
December 03, 2014
BENEFITING: Enterprise Community Partners
ORGANIZER: Enterprise Community Partners
Enterprise’s Rural and Native American Initiative works nationwide, providing financial and technical assistance to deliver much needed affordable housing and services to Americans living in rural areas and on tribal lands. We bring a wide range of skills from real estate development to social service delivery to organizational sustainability to assist local nonprofit and tribal developers best serve their communities.
A proud accomplishment in 2014 was the grand opening of the Sail River Longhouse Apartments in Neah Bay, WA. A capacity building grant and technical assistance from Enterprise supported Makah tribe in developing their first permanent, supportive housing where formerly homeless families and individuals will live in the 21 affordable apartments and benefit from access to tribal health care, employment and counseling programs. Built to Washington state Evergreen standards, the two-story garden-style building wraps around a courtyard and smaller community building. The Sail River Longhouse is near the recently opened tribal wellness center, the first building in the future Makah health care campus, and located west of a planned community garden.
Also exciting in 2014 was the Crow Tribe officials and the Apsaalooke Nation Housing Authority ground breaking for a military veterans housing complex. The "Apsaalooke Warrior Apartments" is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015. The complex will have 15 one-bedroom apartments and will include office space for supportive services and a telemedicine program. According to Crow Tribe Chairman Darrin Old Coyote, there are more than 1,000 veterans in Big Horn County. Of those, two-thirds are from the Crow Reservation. It is the first development to receive Low-Income Housing Tax Credits on Crow Nation land. The complex will feature E-Star appliances, low-water plumbing and energy-efficient heating and cooling. The Rural and Native American Initiative provided a capacity building grant to the Apsaalooke Nation Housing Authority to work on the predevelopment activities of the apartments.
Coalfield Community Development Corporation purchased a USDA 515 rural rental housing development in June of this year. The Twelvepole Valley (formerly Lena) Apartments project is located in Spring Valley, WV. Coalfield will rehabilitate the property's 12 existing units and create 8 new, special needs, units. These affordable housing units were preserved by Coalfield, guaranteeing their affordability into the future. Technical assistance and capacity building grants were provided by the RNAI to assists with the complex and lengthy process of preserving USDA 515 properties.
These are just three examples of exciting, innovative housing developments being assisted by your future contributions. Please consider making a donation to Enterprise’s Rural and Native American Initiative. Your support will allow us to tackle growing problems like homelessness, loss of affordable housing units and increase demand for senior housing to serve an aging population. Thank you for your consideration.