HAND Member Spotlight: Enterprise Mid-Atlantic Innovates with Far SW-SE CDC and Mission First Housing on Trinity Plaza in Washington, D.C.
Through its regional program the Faith-Based Development Initiative (FBDI), a program that provides financial and technical assistance to houses of worship and faith-based groups to develop affordable housing and community facilities, Enterprise Mid-Atlantic collaborated with Far SW-SE CDC and partner Mission First Housing Development Corporation to develop Trinity Plaza in the SW neighborhood of Bellevue in Washington, D.C.
“Those of us could, did,” expressed Pastor Eugene Sheppard of Far SW-SE CDC at the ground breaking in November 2013 as part of the living legacy he hoped the future residents will take to heart when thinking of their new home at The Plaza.
The Pastor and his wife, Far SW-SE CDC Executive Director Patrice Sheppard, persevered through the Great Recession, project redesigns and personal illnesses to ensure the 49 apartment homes and the first-level retail offerings would come to fruition.
As part of FBDI, Far SW-SE CDC attended numerous workshops on the development process, was referred to its development partner and provided a grant and loan support for Trinity Plaza. Knowing Enterprise played a meaningful role in helping the Sheppard’s realize their vision of community empowerment and improvement is one of Enterprise Mid-Atlantic’s proudest moments.
Through its membership with HAND, Enterprise accesses a valuable network of industry professionals that it connects with at a variety of HAND events. The training series provides Enterprise with a solid platform in which to offer and receive insights on issues relevant to the industry. Notably, HAND’s annual meeting also ensures a welcome opportunity to convene a wide-range of stakeholders to network, discuss pertinent issues and receive inspiration through speakers and awardees.
HAND is pleased to spotlight Enterprise, which certainly contributes to our organization’s COLLABORATION, INNOVATION and TRANSFORMATION within the metropolitan area!