All posts by Mark Fogarty

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Portland

A program to match real estate development with area transit lines in Portland, OR increasingly is targeting affordable housing after regional government found low-income residents ride metro area trains and buses more than other groups do.

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Detroit

An ambitious Detroit program to preserve 10,000 existing affordable multifamily units and build 2,000 new ones is moving quickly to prevent the potential 15-year opt-out of a large number of Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects and sustain affordability in the Motor City.

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Making Healthcare Convenient

There’s plenty of data to indicate Maryland’s Health Enterprise Zones (HEZ) have been successful in their goal of reducing health disparities for racial and ethnic minorities and reducing healthcare costs in the state.

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CORES Certifies Resident Service Operations

A new certification not only indicates that an affordable housing owner/manager has a coordinated and robust resident services operation but also that it can help them qualify for an up to 30 basis point discount on a multifamily affordable housing loan from Fannie Mae.

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Case Study: Capital Vista and Delta Towers

Innovation in deals using both Low Income Housing Tax Credits and tax-exempt bonds can be seen in a pair of Washington, DC affordable housing projects that tapped the two funding sources for more than $80 million using a new master parity indenture program.

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America Votes YES for Affordable Housing

November’s state and municipal elections brought a big crop of newly-approved bonds into the affordable housing finance mix, with some of them passing by wide margins, and the biggest, in California, authorizing a whopping $4 billion in new money.

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NMTC Allocation Trends

The traditional wisdom is that the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) operate in two separate arenas: housing for the LIHTC and business/commercial for the NMTC.

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NMTC Case Study: A Path Forward

Projects, like the Salvation Army’s Freedom Center in Chicago, partially financed by New Markets Tax Credits, are changing the way people think about issues, like homelessness, substance abuse and the reintegration of prisoners into society.

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Attention!

Can the four percent and nine percent tax credits co-exist peacefully in the same housing project? At the Building 9 project in Sands Point, Seattle, Mercy Housing Northwest decided the two forms of credit could, as long as they were segregated into separate projects in the same development.

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Income Averaging Trends

State housing finance agencies are still feeling their way into the new Income Averaging (IA) authority, with no clear consensus yet on standard practices for how it will be implemented.

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