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Joaquín Altoro Confirmed By State Senate to Lead WHEDA

Members of the Wisconsin Senate unanimously confirmed Joaquín Altoro as executive director of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Tuesday. “I’d like to thank members of the Senate for their trust and support as WHEDA works to develop innovative and collaborative approaches that address the evolving affordable housing challenges in rural and urban communities across Wisconsin,” Altoro said.

Strength of VHFA Bonds Prompts Fitch to Upgrade Rating to AA+

Strong financial performance contributed to a rating upgrade from AA to AA+ for Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA)'s multiple purpose bonds from Fitch Ratings last week. AA+ is the second highest possible rating from Fitch. The rating applies to all outstanding long-term debt under the multiple purpose program and should help lower the cost of affordable housing financing through VHFA.

Iowa Finance Authority Awards More Than $6.4 Million to 27 Local Housing Trust Funds

The Iowa Finance Authority recently announced the award of more than $6.4 million in grants to 27 Local Housing Trust Funds to support local affordable housing initiatives. The grant awards are made available through the Local Housing Trust Fund program and are expected to assist more than 2,500 families. “Local Housing Trust Funds serve all 99 counties and are a critical vehicle to ensuring leaders can make local housing priorities a reality,” said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Debi Durham.

Affordability Extended for Lower-Income Seniors and Families at Fitchburg Housing Community as a Result of $14.4 Million in MassHousing Financing

MassHousing has provided $14.4 million in affordable housing financing to an affiliate of the Barkan Companies, to extend the affordability of the Fitchburg Green affordable housing community in Fitchburg, and make property improvements to the 159-unit property. As a result of the MassHousing financing, affordability protections for lower-income senior citizens and families living at Fitchburg Green will be extended for at least 35 years.

DSHA Announces $1 Million Awarded to Housing Development Fund Projects Statewide

Seven affordable housing projects statewide will receive a total of $1 million from Delaware’s Housing Development Fund (HDF), Governor John Carney announced today joined by Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) Director Anas Ben Addi, New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer, elected officials and community leaders from across Delaware. The HDF, Delaware’s housing trust fund, was created for the purpose of providing affordable, decent, safe and sanitary housing to very low-, low-, and moderate-income households.

Construction is Underway at Sycamore on Main in Brockton as MassHousing Closes $4.7 Million in Financing for the New, Mixed-Income Housing Community

Construction is underway at Sycamore on Main in Brockton, as MassHousing has closed on $4.7 million in financing to an affiliate of NeighborWorks Housing Solutions. The MassHousing financing will allow NeighborWorks Housing Solutions to construct 48 new deed-restricted apartments that will be affordable to households across a broad range of incomes.

MassHousing Closes $8.9 Million in Financing to Preserve Affordability, Make Property Improvements for Low-Income Residents at Holyoke Housing Community

MassHousing has closed on $8.9 million in affordable housing financing to an affiliate of Mount Holyoke Management, LLC, to make property improvements at the 127-unit S.C. Hamilton Apartments and extend affordability restrictions at the property for at least 40 years. “This transaction will extend important affordability protections for lower-income residents at S.C. Hamilton for decades to come while ensuring that the property undergoes needed upgrades,” said MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay.

SDHDA Hosting Listening Sessions Regarding Housing Programs

South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA), in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, will be hosting five listening sessions around the state to solicit comments on the 2020 Annual Action Plan of the Consolidated Plan and the allocation plans for the HOME, Housing Tax Credits, Housing Trust Fund, Emergency Solutions Grant, and Housing Opportunity Fund Programs.

Heather Schell Selected as CHFA’s General Counsel

Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) is pleased to announce Heather Schell has been selected to serve as CHFA’s general counsel and assistant secretary. CHFA’s board of directors appointed Schell in December 2019 following a nationwide search. “CHFA is an excellent organization with an important mission in Colorado. It has been such a privilege to work at CHFA over the past seven years, and I’m honored to serve as its new general counsel.

Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Rehabilitate Historical Building for Behavioral Health Center in Downtown Scranton

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG) has completed a New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) transaction of $7 million with the Scranton Counseling Center (SCC) to help fund the adaptive reuse of a historic cornerstone building at 329 Cherry Street in downtown Scranton. The rehabilitated building will be the site of SCC’s behavioral health clinic and administrative offices, as well as a pharmacy and primary health clinic to provide support services for the clinic’s clients.