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Faith-Based Development Initiative


Faith-Based Development Initiative (FBDI)

FBDI seeks to engage and assist the faith-based community in creating a communityin helping to ensure that people of all incomes have access to fit and affordable housing and community resources.

A collaboration among Enterprise, East of the River Clergy-Police-Community Partnership, Wesley Theological Seminary and Georgetown University, FBDI has:
  • Supported more than 40 faith-based partners at various stages of the development process
  • •Produced 327 affordable homes with these partners; 1,100 homes are in the pipeline
FBDI has also provided more than $15 million in Enterprise grants, loans and tax credit equity including”:
  • More than $180,000 in grants
  • More than $1.5 million in loans
  • More than $13.8 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit equity

More Information on FBDI


Join us on May 15, 2014 for The Development Process Training and Faith Leaders Networking Luncheon at The Summit at St. Martin's, 116 T Street NE, Washington, D.C. Free limited parking available on-site and walking distance from New York Avenue Metro Station.

Registration is required: The workshop is free and breakfast and lunch will be served, but space is limited. We ask that you register to help us plan accordingly. If you prefer, you may email Jemima Otchere or call 202.649.3910 to register.

The Development Process training workshop will introduce participants to the process, elements and terminology associated with the development process. Understanding the terminology used in the building and funding industry is also key to a successful development

Topics include:
  • Developer’s role and responsibilities
  • Managing the development process
  • Project planning
  • Project financing
  • Construction management  
The intent is to provide the novice developer a “beginning to end” overview of the entire development process The session also includes specific examples and case studies.

Faith Leaders Networking Luncheon, noon to 2:00 p.m., May 15
This luncheon will gather faith leaders across the region to share information about their affordable housing and community development projects, the progress made, challenges faced, resources used and lessons learned. Join us for this unique opportunity network with your peers!

Look for the next Faith-Based Development Initiative training event, Board Structure and Responsibilities on June 19, 2014 at THE ARC in Washington, D.C.

Capital Available

Technical Assistance

  • Preliminary property and market analyses and referrals to appropriate development experts
  • Organizational assessments to strengthen the position of a faith-based development organization to seek funding

Partnership with Legal Services

Throughout the development process, FBDI provides access to pro bono legal services and can make referrals to experienced fee-based attorneys. Partnerships include:


Undergraduate and graduate student interns have been pivotal to the success of FBDI. Interns have worked on real estate and policy research, program evaluation and project case studies.

Watch our video below to hear from past FBDI interns, whose experience at Enterprise helped them prepare for full-time careers in affordable housing.

If you are interested in an FBDI internship, contact Deborah Stevenson.

Let Us Rise Up and Build
The Faith-Based Development Initiative (FBDI) serves to support the growing interest of those in the faith community to bring affordable housing to where it is most needed. FBDI is a collaboration between Enterprise, East of the River Clergy-Police-Community Partnership, Wesley Theological Seminary and Georgetown University.
Building on Faith

Read the FBDI white paper to learn how FBDI offers technical and financial tools to help the Washington, D.C. region's houses of worship create affordable housing.
FBDI Fact Sheet

Download the fact sheet
 for more on the Faith-Based Development Initiative.
For more information on the Faith-based Initiative, contact Deborah Stevenson.