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Priorities & Impact


Our Priorities in Ohio

Affordable Housing

Move toward ending housing insecurity through technical assistance to top partners and A to Z investment in new affordable housing, housing preservation, and neighborhood stabilization through equity and debt - Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, New Markets Tax Credits, Bellwether Enterprise and the Enterprise Community Loan Fund.

Partners & Innovation

Enable our Ohio partners to maintain long-term sustainability and remain strong stewards of affordable housing; increase production capacity of select partners and encourage innovation in programs and culture. Enterprise Ohio works closely with partners to create opportunities linked to jobs, good schools, health care and transportation in our low-income communities through innovative capital deployment.

Housing First

Lead the Housing First Initiative to end chronic homelessness in Cuyahoga County by providing 1,271 supportive housing units to chronically homeless adults, families and youth by 2020; build capacity within the delivery system; and develop resources for the future.

Together with our development, operations and service provider partners, we continue to provide quality housing connected to supportive services. Through pilot programs that focus on families and young adults and the integration of on-site primary health care through a Mobile Health Clinic, we are ensuring the success of Housing First residents.

Partnering for Family Success Program

Cuyahoga County launched the Partnering for Family Success Program, the first family homelessness and child welfare PFS project in the nation. The Partnering for Family Success Program launched in early 2015, with Enterprise playing two key roles: Project Manager and Fiscal Agent. This program aims to reduce the length of stay in out-of-home foster care placement for children whose caregivers are homeless.

Income and Opportunity

Lead the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition to provide low and moderate-income people free tax preparation and access to financial education and asset building programs, bringing financial stability to consumers and creating economic benefit to the community. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a vital tool for low- and moderate-income families that closes the gap between low-wage earnings and what a family needs to cover basic costs.

Green Communities

Be a leader on innovative sustainable/green initiatives; continue to develop the capacity of affordable housing developers and policymakers across Ohio to build green affordable homes; advance neighborhood-scale climate and sustainability agenda through community and CDC engagement.

Advocacy & Engagement

Provide strategic public advocacy, lead partner convenings and widely share information that enables key partners and public agencies to respond to challenging circumstances with creative policies that bring about long-term impact.

Our Impact in Ohio

  • Enterprise has invested over $609 million in Ohio, creating over 14,700 units of affordable housing.
  • To date, Enterprise has successfully placed over $80 million in New Markets Tax Credits in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati to support local economic development.
  • Since the first building opened in 2006, Housing First has created 584 apartments for single adults that are occupied or underway and 56 scattered site apartments for families and young adults. Chronic homelessness has dropped 73 percent.
  • Annually, the Cuyahoga EITC Coalition provides oversight for 25 free tax preparation sites in low-income neighborhoods, trains 350 volunteers and helps over 12,000 families annually, resulting in over $14 million in refunds. Since 2005, over $98 million in refunds have been returned to the local economy by preparing over 78,000 federal tax returns.
  • Enterprise has supported the creation of more than 5,000 sustainable, healthy affordable homes through the partnership of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and Enterprise Green Communities.


Nurture an Idea RFP

We are excited to release the 3rd Annual Nurture an Idea RFP. Two nonprofit organizations will receive $10,000 each to implement innovative and transformative community development initiatives in Cuyahoga County. Strong proposals should focus on creating opportunity through affordable housing, transportation, community resources, jobs, health care and more. Award winners will be selected at a community-wide event on October 3, 2016.

Applications are due July 12, 2016. Information on the criteria and application process

Housing First

The Enterprise-led Housing First initiative is committed to ending chronic homelessness in Cuyahoga County by producing 1,000 permanent supportive homes

Housing First website provides:

  • Tools and standards for becoming a Housing First property
  • Evidence describing why supportive housing works
  • Stories of success from Housing First residents


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