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The Affordable Housing Industry is facing a volatile future-the climate is changing rapidly, weather events are emerging with never-seen-before frequency and the ongoing economic challenges are putting housing and communities at great risk. In order to mitigate these risks and ensure the preservation of affordable housing for posterity—Enterprise Community Partners joined with leading affordable housing owners and operators to produce a first of kind emergency preparedness and business continuity toolkit in 2015.

Thanks to the vision and leadership of Fannie Mae, we digitized and modernized the toolkit so that it is more accessible to the thousands of owners and operators who are obliged to develop written business continuity plans to prepare their buildings, operations and residents for the risk of an emergency.

This is dedicated to the many known and unsung heroes that respond to emergencies in multifamily housing and in communities across the nation and that stand up to the task of preparedness and response to ensure the safety of neighbors, families and residents.

Enterprise thanks:

Fannie Mae for support and sponsorship of the Ready to Respond Toolkit Modernization. The hundreds of housing owners and operators across the Nation who work tirelessly to ensure their residents have safe and resilient homes to come home to, and are committed to preparing for any and all emergencies that should strike.

Executive Team

  • Laurie Schoeman, National Director Resilience and Disaster Recovery and Executive Producer of Ready to Respond Toolkit
  • Bernie Oleniacz, Bellwether-Enterprise Senior Vice President
  • Michael Hernandez, Vice President, Fannie Mae  
  • Tim Carpenter, Senior Director of the Fannie Mae Disaster Response & Rebuild team  
  • Clare Guerrero, Associate, Disaster Response & Rebuild, Fannie Mae
  • Elvin Louren Torres, Advisor, Disaster Response & Rebuild Fannie Mae
  • Sidra Goldwater, Advisor, Disaster Response & Rebuild Fannie Mae
  • Nate Gasser, Report Kitchen

Key Contributors

  • Janet Golrick, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and HUD Region II
  • Marion Mollegan McFadden, Senior vice president for public policy and as senior advisor for resilience, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Michelle Mulcahy, Senior Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Elizabeth Thomas, Digital Director, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Suzanne Shaw, Communications Director, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Peg Graham at QUA, Inc. for her initial concept development and consultation.
  • Mark Randall and World studio, Inc. for their initial strategy, art direction and design.
  • FEMA Region II and Headquarters

Housing Partners

The affordable housing organizations throughout NYC/NJ inspired by Superstorm Sandy to improve disaster preparedness including:

Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), Bailey House, CAMBA Housing Ventures, Carroll Gardens Association, Community Investment Strategies, Fifth Avenue Committee, Jersey City Housing Authority, Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA), Lott Community Development Corporation (Lott CDC), Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association (LESPMHA), Services for the Underserved and Triple C Housing.

Original Sponsors of Ready to Respond:

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Hilton Foundation
  • J. C. Penney Company
  • NYC Housing and Neighborhood Recovery Donors Collaborative
  • MUFG Bank Foundation  
  • Surdna Foundation