Peter Werwath, Principal

Peter Werwath has been a community development consultant for over 25 years, working with local governments and nonprofits nationwide to design and implement inclusionary zoning programs, housing trust funds, loan funds, homebuyer assistance programs, redevelopment projects, green building programs, large-scale land developments and employment programs.

From 1985 to 2008, Peter served as a vice president and in other positions with Enterprise Community Partners, a leading national community development organization. During this time, he managed numerous internal and external consulting projects for Enterprise, resulting in the start-ups of four major national affordable housing programs—including the Housing Rehabilitation Work Group and the Green Community Initiatives. At Enterprise, he also helped to start up nearly two dozen housing programs with local nonprofit affiliates, which have since developed or preserved tens of thousands of affordable homes.

For six of those local programs, Peter planned and founded new nonprofit organizations—still operating today—that specialize in rental housing rehabilitation, home construction and sales, land development, homebuyer assistance, acquisition and sales of vacant homes, housing trust funds, and administration of inclusionary zoning programs.

 

Prior to launching Werwath Associates, Peter founded and managed a housing department for the City of Lewiston, Maine that arranged packages of bank and public-sector financing for responsible landlords, resulting in renovations and energy retrofits of over 200 low-cost rental apartments annually. Prior to that, Peter founded and managed a construction company in Maine and a nonprofit neighborhood newspaper in Boston.

Peter has served on the faculty of Harvard University’s Affordable Housing Institute and written a number of books and articles promoting best practices in community development, including: “The Housing Production Manuals,” “A Consumer’s Guide to Home Improvements,” “Business Planning for Nonprofits,” “Helping Families Build Assets: Nonprofit Homeownership Programs,” and “Helping People Get Jobs.”

He wrote the first version of Enterprise’s Green Communities Criteria, a residential green building standard and has been providing advice to HUD and local implementers of the new $3.92 billion federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

Peter is based in Columbia, Maryland, a “new town” that was planned and founded as a racially and economically integrated community in the 1960s by his mentor, the late James W. Rouse, who also founded Enterprise Community Partners.