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Testimony & Public Comment

Enterprise staff provide statements, testimony and public comment on public policies affecting affordable housing and community development to the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch. These comments can be found in chronological order below.  Information by topic can be found on the Enterprise policy issue webpages.

2011 Testimony and Public Comment

Real Estate Owned Asset Disposition

On September 15, 2011, Vice President, National Community Foreclosure Response Initiative Robert Grossinger provided comments to a Request for Information from the Federal Housing Finance Agency and HUD on Real Estate Owned Asset Disposition programs of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration. 

Public Housing Physical Needs Assessment

On September 16, 2011, Senior Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs Peter Lawrence provided a public comment letter related to energy and water efficiency in response to HUD’s Public Housing Physical Needs Assessment Proposed Rule.

Regulatory Reform - Qualified Residential Mortgages

On July 27, 2011, Vice President, National Community Foreclosure Response Initiative Robert Grossinger provided Public Comment to the federal financial regulatory agencies on the risk retention and qualified residential mortgage requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Public Law Number 111-203).

Public Proposals for the Future of the Housing Finance System

On May 26, 2011 Enterprise President and Chief Executive Officer Terri Ludwig provided Testimony on Principles for Housing Finance Reform before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

Coordination of Affordable Housing and Transit Investments

On April 1, 2011 Enterprise and the National Housing Conference submitted a joint public comment letter to the Department of Transportation recommending changes to Federal Transit Administration regulations that could promote affordable housing and community development near public transit stations.

Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program

On March 14, 2011 Enterprise Senior Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs Peter Lawrence provided public comment on the application rating factors for the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program.

2010 Testimony and Public Comment

Housing Trust Fund Proposed Rule

On December 21, 2010, former Enterprise Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations Adrienne Quinn submitted a comment letter in response to HUD’s Housing Trust Fund Proposed Rule.

Positive Impacts of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and New Markets Tax Credit Programs

Enterprise submitted public comments in support of the LIHTC and NMTC programs to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (NCFRR), both individually and as a part of The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (AHTCC). The letters were in response to The Report on Tax Reform Options: Simplification, Compliance, and Corporate Taxation from the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, which outlined options for budget reform that included the elimination or reduction of corporate tax expenditures such as LIHTC.

Addressing Housing Needs in Native American Communities

August 25, 2010, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) President and CEO Deborah DeSantis testimony on behalf of CSH and Enterprise at the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs hearing on Innovative Solutions to Addressing Housing Needs in Our Indian Communities.

CRA Treatment of LIHTC Investments

August 31, 2010, Enterprise joint comment with the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, Affordable Housing Investors Council, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Opportunity Finance Network, Housing Partnership Network, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future and the National Housing Trust on reducing disparities in LIHTC pricing and investment demand between large metropolitan markets and the rest of the country.

Coordinating Affordable Housing and Transit Investments

On August 2, 2010, Enterprise, Habitat for Humanity International and the National Housing Conference provided public comment on incorporating affordable housing criteria into the application scoring process for the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts and Small Starts programs.

Gulf Coast Rebuilding Efforts

May 7, 2010, Doris Koo, former Enterprise Community Partners President and CEO; Letter to Congressional leadership in support of inclusion of Gulf Coast rebuilding provisions in the American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010 (H.R. 4213).

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund

May 6, 2010, President, Enterprise Community Loan Fund Lori Chatman comment on the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund authorizing statute and regulations.

FHA Mortgage Products and Underwriting Standards

August 16, 2010, former Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations Adrienne Quinn comment to the Federal Housing Administration on Risk Management Initiatives: Reduction of Seller Concessions and New Loan-to-Value and Credit Score Requirements.

CRA Credit for NSP Activities

July 23, 2010, former Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations Adrienne Quinn Comment on consideration of Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Activities for Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) credit, submitted to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Office of Thrift Supervision.

GSE Duty to Serve Underserved Markets

July 22, 2010, former Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations Adrienne Quinn Comment to the Federal Housing Finance Agency on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s duty to serve the manufactured housing, affordable housing preservation and rural markets.

The Future of the Housing Finance System

July 21, 2010, former Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations Adrienne Quinn Comment on the Future of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Housing Finance System. In addition, Enterprise has signed on to comments submitted by the Mortgage Finance Working Group (MFWG), organized by the Center for American Progress:

Principles for Updating the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Demonstration Project

July 14, 2010, former Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations Adrienne Quinn comment on HUD demonstration project to develop zip code-specific Fair Market Rent levels.

Transforming Rental Assistance

July 6, 2010, former Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations Adrienne Quinn Comment on HUD’s proposal for the Preservation, Enhancement, and Transformation of Rental Assistance Act of 2010.

Green Housing and the Energy Efficiency in Housing Act

June 30, 2010, Director, Enterprise Green Communities Trisha Miller testimony before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development.

Green Resources for Energy Efficient Neighborhood (GREEN) Act of 2010, H.R. 2336

April 27th, 2010, Statement from Ali Solis, SVP of Public Policy & Corporate Affairs at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Federal Housing Finance Agency Proposed Rule for GSE Affordable Housing Goals

April 12, 2010, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Corporate Affairs Executive Ali Solis Comment on affordable multifamily housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Weatherization of Multifamily Properties

March 22, 2010, Senior Vice President, National Initiatives and Innovation Naomi Bayer Comment on Weatherization Assistance Program Sustainable Energy Grants.

Choice Neighborhoods Initiative

March 17, 2010, former Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor Kris Siglin Testimony to the House Financial Services Committee.

Sustainable Communities Initiative

March 10, 2010, Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations Adrienne Quinn Comment on Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Advance Notice and Request for Comments

2009 Testimony and Public Comment

Community Reinvestment Act

December 15, 2009 Coalition Letter to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC)

Choice Neighborhoods Initiative

FY 2010 policy recommendations to Congressional staff for the Choice Neighborhoods program

Green Resources for Energy Efficient Neighborhoods Act of 2009

June 11, 2009, former President & CEO Doris Koo, testimony before the House Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity

2009 Economic Stimulus

On March 26, 2009 Enterprise, the National Housing Trust, and NeighborWorks America sent a memo to the Office of Management and Budget, DOE and HUD on Recommendations to Maximize Job Creation Opportunities by Leveraging Department of Energy ARRA Funding in Multifamily Housing

Archived Testimony and Public Comment

2008 Testimony and Public Comment

G.R.E.E.N. Act

June 11, 2008, former President and CEO Doris Koo, testimony before House Financial Services Committee.

Building Green, Saving Green: Constructing Sustainable and Energy Efficient Buildings

May 14, 2008, Trustee Edward Norton, testimony before the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

Transit-Oriented Development

Feb. 12, 2008, Senior vice president and Mid-Atlantic director Kelly Cartales, testimony before the Maryland House of Delegates.

Foreclosure Crisis

Jan. 31, 2008, former President and CEO Doris Koo, testimony before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

N.Y. State Budget

Jan. 29, 2008, Vice President and New York Director Abby Jo Sigal and Local Office Director, Upstate New York Alma Balonon-Rosen, testimony for the N.Y. State Senate Finance and Assembly Ways & Means Committee.

2007 Testimony and Public Comment

Investment Funds

Sept. 10, 2007, Senior Vice President, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Benson F. Roberts and Vice President, Public Policy Ali Solis, comment to Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulators.

Improvements to Public Housing

June 21, 2007, former President and CEO Doris Koo, testimony to the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity House Financial Services Committee.

Native American Housing Assistance

June 6, 2007, Vice President, Public Policy Ali Solis, testimony to the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity.

Tax Incentives for Affordable Housing

May 24, 2007, Trustee Jonathan F. P. Rose, statement to the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures House Committee.

Enterprise’s Gulf Coast Work

February 5, 2007, former President and CEO Doris Koo, testimony to the House Financial Services Committee.

Tax Reform

June 10, 2005, Enterprise Community Partners, comment to the President’s Advisory Panel.

Proposed Joint Rules for the Community Reinvestment Act

May 10, 2005, Senior Vice President, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Benson F. Roberts and Enterprise Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Stockton Williams, Public Comment

Federal Policies to Help Cities Address Economic Development Challenges

June 27, 2005, Enterprise Community Partners, statement to the Speaker's Saving America's Cities Working Group and Advisory Committee.

HUD Rule for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's Affordable Housing Goals

June 30, 2004, former Chairman of the Board and CEO F. Barton Harvey, III and President, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Michael Rubinger, Public Comment

Community Reinvestment Act Regulations

April 5, 2004, Senior Vice President, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Benson F. Roberts and Enterprise Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer Stockton Williams; comment to the Federal Bank Regulatory Agencies' Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

2005 HUD Budget

March 25, 2004, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer Stockton Williams, testimony to the House Committee on Appropriations.

HUD's Proposed Policy on Removal of Regulatory Barriers

January 12, 2004, former Chairman and CEO F. Barton Harvey, III; Public Comment.