The D.C. government and nonprofit partner Enterprise Community Partners are seeking faith-based institutions with underutilized land to enter into a program designed to help them create new affordable housing.
The call, part of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s push to build 36,000 homes by 2025, comes after Enterprise was selected in March to lead the Faith-Based Development Initiative, which has worked with 29 houses of worship, per a release Wednesday.
“We know that there are faith-based partners out there who see the need for safe and affordable housing and they want to help,” Bowser said in a release. “We’re simplifying the process and making it easier for faith partners to get the guidance and resources they need to build housing in DC.”
The technical assistance program administered by Enterprise would assist with development consulting, organizational assessments, zoning application assistance and peer-to-peer learning sessions, according to the District’s announcement of the partnership in March. Enterprise also committed to a one-to-one match with the District in pre-development grants of up to $70K.
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