From Terri Ludwig, president and CEO, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.Enterprise congratulates President Barack Obama on the results of Tuesday’s election. We look forward to working closely with the Obama Administration and the 113th Congress to make sure that all people have safe, decent places to call home as the first step on the pathway to opportunity. Despite the critical role the housing market plays in our nation’s economic recovery and the ongoing foreclosure crisis plaguing our neighborhoods, housing received little attention during the campaign season. As Congress and the Obama Administration set priorities for the next four years, a tremendous opportunity exists to address the needs of millions of people living in America who are homeless, living in substandard conditions or forced to spend far too great a proportion of their incomes for housing, conditions that are only exacerbated by natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy.
At Enterprise, we stand ready to assist the Obama Administration in its efforts to confront our nation’s housing challenges in an era of diminishing resources and increasing need, particularly as our elected officials consider changes to the housing finance and tax systems. Moving forward, Enterprise will continue to advance its mission to create opportunity for low- and moderate income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. We all must carry forward the vision of a country where every person has the opportunity for a good life. Now is the time to make this vision a reality.
Editor’s note: As we move forward into a new presidential and Congressional term, Enterprise is offering a webinar on what’s next for affordable housing: At the Fiscal Cliff: The 2013 Budget and Its Implications for Low Income Housing and Community Development Programs. Enterprise will continue to provide updates on the impacts of this election and the latest federal activities through our Capitol Express newsletter and @E_HousingPolicy Twitter feed.
Terri Ludwig, president & CEO