Diane’s House, one of Flaherty & Collins Properties new Washington D.C. developments, sponsored the 2017 FBDI Community Development Forum, which was held yesterday in Washington, D.C.
The theme, “Developing Faith: Houses of Worship as Catalysts for Community Change” explored the roles religious institutions play in communities; how gentrification affects those communities, especially long-term residents; the new generation of millennials; diminishing congregations; and the changing conditions and locations of poverty. Panelists discussed success stories that show how faith-based organizations have created public and private partnerships that have enabled them to fulfill their vision of improving communities.
“We are happy to be a part of this initiative, which is really placing a focus on what it takes to make community change across these many diverse areas,” said Duane Miller, Vice President of Community & Asset Management for Flaherty & Collins Properties.
Over the past 10 years, Enterprise’s partnership with the faith community has helped the Faith-Based Development Initiative (FBDI) to support houses of worship that have developed more than 500 quality affordable homes and a community health facility, with an additional 1,000 affordable homes and a range of facilities in the development pipeline in the Baltimore-Washington region.