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Schaefer Center, Enterprise Community Partners Recruiting Third Class for Certificate Program in Real Estate Development for Faith-Based Organizations

October 20, 2017
Contact: Office of Government and Public Affairs
Phone: 410.837.5739

The University of Baltimore's Schaefer Center for Public Policy, in collaboration with Enterprise Community Partners' Mid-Atlantic office, is inviting faith-based groups in the Baltimore area to be part of the third cohort of the Faith-Based Development Certificate Program. An information session for interested organizations will be held on Monday, Oct. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the University of Baltimore’s Liberal Arts and Policy Building (home of the College of Public Affairs), 10 W. Preston St. The session is free; registration is required (details listed below).

Leveraging three decades of experience in analyzing local issues and preparing professionals to lead nonprofits, government agencies and public-sector organizations, the Schaefer Center launched the certificate program in 2015 to address one of Baltimore's most persistent issues—affordable housing. The program shows faith-based groups in the Baltimore area how to develop their real estate holdings as affordable housing or community facilities. The first two classes of nine participants, from nine faith organizations, went through five monthly training sessions and received technical assistance on a range of topics, eventually earning certification from the center.

Working with the center is Enterprise Community Partners Inc., whose Faith-Based Development Initiative began in the Washington, D.C. region 11 years ago. Enterprise provides intellectual and capital resources to support houses of worship in developing affordable housing and other community facilities that help create stable communities of opportunity. The certificate program brings together technical and financial experts with teams from Baltimore’s houses of worship and other faith-based organization. The goal is to enable a faith-based organization to navigate the development process.

Register online by Thursday, Oct. 26, for the free information session.

To be considered for the program, organizations must compete a Program Intake Assessment Form, which will be processed by Enterprise Community Partners and the Schaefer Center in order to facilitate training and program content. The assessment forms are due by Nov. 30. The program fee is $1,000 per organization.

Learn more about the Schaefer Center for Public Policy.

Learn more about Enterprise Community Partners and its Faith-Based Development Initiative.


Last Published 6/9/16