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NCSHA Opportunity Zone Fund Directory Surpasses 100 Funds, Nearly $24 Billion in Investment

More than 100 funds have been launched to invest in designated Opportunity Zones, according to NCSHA’s latest Opportunity Zone Fund Directory. The 105 funds in the current directory represent nearly $24 billion in anticipated investment. Funds range in size from $1 million to $3 billion, with an average fund size of approximately $225 million.

Kentucky Housing Corporation Honors Top Lenders

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC), the state housing finance agency, recognized its 2018 top lending partners at the 14th Annual Lender Luncheon in La Grange on March 7, 2019. Kentuckians who received a KHC home loan in 2018 worked with one of more than 110 partnering lender banks and mortgage companies in communities across the state. KHC offers loans for first-time and repeat home buyers with down payment assistance, and refinancing options for current homeowners. Since 1972, nearly 98,000 Kentuckians have become homeowners by obtaining a KHC loan.

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Investment in North East Biotech Company

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today announced a $500,000 Neighborhood BusinessWorks loan to Clene Nanomedicine, a Cecil County biopharmaceutical company developing technology solutions for drug development. "Clene Nanomedicine is exactly the kind of innovative, forward-thinking business we are trying to attract to Maryland's Opportunity Zones," said Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. "This loan will help spur outside investment in Cecil County, and ensure an environment of economic opportunity that will transform and revitalize our most challenged communities."

DCHFA Names Monte J. Stanford, Chief Operating Officer

DCHFA has appointed Monte J. Stanford as the Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Stanford will oversee daily business operations, to include the Single Family Programs and Multifamily Lending and Neighborhood Investments divisions, the Housing Investment Platform, IT and Business Intelligence.  “Monte has an extensive background in housing, finance and IT that will allow him to have an immediate impact on the Agency’s programs, technology and day-to-day business operations, stated Todd A. Lee, DCHFA’s Executive Director and CEO.

CFPB Solicits Information for Rulemaking on PACE Loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau earlier today released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking soliciting information on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans.

CHFA Awarded $6 Million in Capital Magnet Funds to Support Affordable Housing

Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) has been awarded a $6 million Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) grant to support the development and preservation of affordable rental housing across Colorado. CHFA was one of only three housing finance agencies in the nation to receive an award among 38 total recipients nationwide. CHFA will use the award to enhance its existing statewide housing fund that was created with a $7.1 million CMF grant awarded in 2018.

Colorado Speaker of the House KC Becker Appointed to CHFA’s Board of Directors

CHFA is pleased to announce that Colorado Speaker of the House, KC Becker, has been appointed to CHFA’s board of directors for the 2019-2020 legislative biennium. CHFA’s 11-member board serves as the governing body of the organization and establishes policies to further its mission of affordable housing and community development. “I look forward to serving on CHFA’s board and contributing to the organization’s work to strengthen housing and economic opportunities in Colorado. Affordable housing is crucial to healthy communities and essential as our state continues to face challenges in meeting the needs of all Coloradans,” said Rep. Becker.

NCSHA Washington Report | March 1, 2019

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), who before his election last fall served three terms in Congress as one of its most conservative members, has proposed in his first budget to break a...

Governor Approves Mississippi Home Corporation’s Special Opportunity Zone Cycle for Low Income Tax Credit Program

Governor Phil Bryant recently signed an amendment to include a special Opportunity Zone cycle as part of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program offered through the Mississippi Home Corporation. The special cycle will add benefits to investors who invest eligible capital into the selected opportunity zones in MS. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established Opportunity Zones to boost economic development and job creation in distressed communities throughout the country.

FHFA Rule Requires GSEs to Align Policies to Facilitate Single Security

The Federal Housing Finance Agency earlier today released a final rule requiring the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to align their policies and procedures that could impact the prepayment speeds of their mortgage-backed securities in the to-be-announced market.

IRS Issues Final Housing Credit Compliance Monitoring Regulations

On February 26, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations for Housing Credit compliance monitoring, which replace the temporary compliance monitoring regulations under which Credit agencies have been operating since 2016. The new regulations make several significant changes to compliance monitoring requirements, including in some cases increasing the number of units in a property that Credit agencies will need to monitor.

Affordability Extended at Senior Housing Community in Brighton, Property Improvements Planned, Resulting From $44.8 Million in MassHousing Financing

Senior citizens living at the 200-unit Covenant House I and II housing community in Brighton have had affordable rents extended through 2052 and will see significant property improvements as a result of $44.8 million in MassHousing affordable housing financing to the non-profit developer B’nai B’rith Housing. B’nai B’rith Housing refinanced the Covenant House property through MassHousing’s Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP)/Ginnie Mae Joint Venture Initiative with partner lender Rockport Mortgage Corporation.