Enterprise Testimony & Public Comment
Enterprise staff members provide statements, testimony and public comment on public policies affecting affordable housing and community development to the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch.
Learn more about the policy issues and priorities we testify and comment on.
2016 Testimony and Public Comment
HUD Proposed Transition to Small-Area Fair Market Rents in administering the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.
- On August 2, Enterprise submitted comments to Establishing a More Effective Fair Market Rent System: Using Small Area Fair Market Rents in the Housing Choice Voucher Program Instead of the Current 50 Percentile FMRs
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Proposed National Performance Management Measures.
- On August 17, Enterprise joined several partners in commenting in support of more environmentally sound and equitable transportation planning practices.
2015 Testimony and Public Comment
HUD Proposal on Small Area Fair Market Rents in Housing Choice Voucher Program
- On July 2, Enterprise submitted comments to advanced notice of rulemaking on Small Area Fair Market Rents.
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Major Capital Investment Grant Program
- On May 8, Enterprise submitted comments to the proposed interim policy guidance for the Major Capital Investment Grant program.
Senate Finance Committee Community Development and Infrastructure Tax Reform Working Group
- On April 15, Enterprise submitted comments to the Senate Finance Committee's Community Development and Infrastructure Tax Reform Working Group.
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)
- On February 15, Enterprise Community Partners submitted comments on Later Assessments of Fair Housing Submission Dates for Certain Entities under HUD's proposed AFFH rule.
Section 202 and Section 811 programs
- On January 15, Enterprise submitted comments to HUD on its proposed rule for Section 202 and Section 811 programs. Enterprise urged HUD to implement necessary programmatic changes, while ensuring long-term affordability for existing senior units and continued compatibility with the Housing Credit.
2014 Testimony and Public Comment
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)
- On November 25, Enterprise commented on HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool. Enterprise suggested numerous imporvements to the Assessment Tool, including the need for more questions related to community-driven revitalization efforts and housing preservation strategies that counteract the displacement that occurs as a result of gentrification.
HUD Consortia Rule that Allows PHAs to Consolidate Resources and Administration
- On September 9, Enterprise commented on HUD's proposed rule streamlining requirements applicable to formation of consortia by public housing agencies. Enterprise indicated support for the proposed rule because it would provide families with greater housing options and mobility.
Small Multifamily Building Risk Share Initiative
- On January 3, Enterprise Community Partners submitted public comments in support of the Federal Housing Administration's proposed Small Multifamily Building Risk Share Initiative. The letter applauds the program as a way to expand capital to small multifamily properties, which are a critical source of affordable rental housing.
- On October 14, Enterprise along with partners submitted comments expressing support for TOD research and technical assistance.
- On August 29, Enterprise submitted comments on the Metropolitan Planning Process.
2013 Testimony and Public Comment
Dodd-Frank Act Implementation - Aligning the Qualified Residential Mortgage and Qualified Mortgage Standards
- On October 30, Enterprise Community Partners commented in a joint-letter in support on the recent proposal to align the Qualified Residential Mortgage Rule with the Qualified Mortgage Rule.
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: Overview of Applicability to HUD Programs
- On October 7, Enterprise submitted comments on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and its applicability to HUD programs. The letter praises the expansion of rights and protections to all victims of domestic violence living in government subsidized housing. In response to specific requests from HUD, Enterprise recommended the need for quick housing transfers for victims living in dangerous environments and flexibility in timing for victims seeking alternative housing – particularly given the present shortages of affordable units.
Housing Finance Reform
- On October 9, Enterprise Community Partners President and CEO Terri Ludwig testified at a hearing on Essential Elements of the Multifamily Housing Finance System held by the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. In her testimony, she stated that any future system of multifamily housing finance must have explicit provisions to support affordable housing, reach underserved segments of the market and promote long-term sustainability.
- On October 8, Enterprise Community Partners submitted comments to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) Request for Comments on Options for Reducing Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s Multifamily Businesses. The comments urge FHFA to reconsider its plans to reduce the GSE’s presence in the multifamily marketplace.
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
- On September 17, Enterprise, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and National Housing Trust (NHT) submitted joint comments on HUD’s proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. The letter supports HUD’s overall goal but recommends that the final rule to be revised to ensure that jurisdictions feel empowered to revitalize distressed areas and preserve existing affordable housing as well as promote mobility to high opportunity areas. In addition, the letter recommends that HUD address capacity concerns at the local and federal level and provide greater clarity around the data and other key program requirements.
Low-Income Housing Tax Credit
- On April 9, Enterprise joined over 450 members of the ACTION Campaign in submitting comments to the House Real Estate Tax Reform Working Group in support of preserving ans strengthening the Housing Credit in tax reform. On April 15, Enterprise also submitted its own comments to the Working Group, addressing the same issue as well as the need to preserve and strengthen the New Markets Tax Credit.
Section 8 Rental Assistance
- On February 21, Enterprise joined several of its partners in submitting a letter to the Senate Banking Committee urging action on voucher reform legislation. The letter outlines a list of high priority reforms that would ease administrative burdens for housing agencies and owners, deliver fairer and more efficient assistance to low-income families, provide new tools to leverage private capital for affordable housing preservation and development and encourage self sufficiency.
Promoting Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing and Community Development
- On September 23, Enterprise submitted comments to the Department of Transportation on its Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014-2018.
- On April 5, Enterprise and the National Housing Conference submitted comments to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on its Proposed Circular on Joint Development.
- On March 11, Enterprise and several of its partners submitted a joint comment letter to the FTA on its Major Capital Investment Projects program. The comments express support for regulatory changes that promote transit-oriented affordable housing, and provide detailed implementation recommendations. Enterprise also signed onto a comment letter with members of the Equity Caucus on the same subject.