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Introducing SAHF

Launched in 2003, SAHF has eleven sophisticated not-for-profit members who acquire, preserve and are committed to long-term, sustainable ownership and continued affordability of multifamily rental properties for low-income families, seniors, and disabled individuals. Together, SAHF members own and operate housing in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—providing homes to over 100,000 low-income households across the country.

SAHF's members promote their shared ownership objective, which embraces the notion that stable, affordable rental homes are critically important in people's lives. Through their projects, SAHF's members stay on top of policy and marketplace developments nationwide. They come face-to-face almost daily with barriers to preservation of affordable housing for the poor, which enables them to discern patterns. Seeing the patterns and having the expertise, SAHF works with its members to develop policy solutions that work.

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Email: contact@sahfnet.org
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Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF)
10 G Street, NE, Suite 580
Washington, DC  20002

Phone: 202-737-5970
Fax: 202-737-5971
 

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The Latest

SAHF Announces Eileen Fitzgerald as the New President

On July 23, 2014, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future announced that Eileen Fitzgerald will join the organization as President in late July, taking over the role from Bill Kelly, who will step into an advisory role.  Eileen has been active in the housing and community development industry for over 20 years including senior roles at the Fannie Mae Foundation, the McAuley Institute, the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Most recently, she served as Chief Executive Officer at NeighborWorks America. The SAHF board and staff are excited to have Eileen bring her strong leadership and vision to the SAHF team.

SAHF Sends Letter to Congress Encouraging a Full FY15 THUD Bill

On October 24, 2014, in partnership with the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF), SAHF sent a letter to appropriators encouraging Congress to pass a full Fiscal Year 2015 THUD Appropriations bill.  The letter can be viewed here.

National Church Residences & Volunteers of America Receive ALCP Grants

On September 23, 2014, HUD awarded $17 million in Assisted Living Conversation Program (ALCP) grants to the owners of multi-family housing developments in six states, including SAHF members National Church Residences and Volunteers of America, to convert some or all of their units into assisted living or service-enriched environments for elderly residents. View the press release here.

HUD Releases Memo On Combining Section 8 Contracts

On September 18, 2014, HUD released a memo providing guidance on how multifamily housing owners may seek to combine Section 8 contracts.  This guidance grew out of HUD's effort, with strong SAHF encouragement and feedback, to investigate ways in which multifamily owners of large portfolios could seek to achieve greater flexibility and economies of scale in managing their properties. The memo can be found here.

SAHF Releases Report on Investor Consents for Energy and Water Efficiency Improvements

SAHF recently released a report discussing investor consents on energy and water efficiency improvements. The paper discusses why the achievement of investor consents is considered a challenge; what the owner and investor viewpoints are when it comes to energy and water improvements to a property; the review process followed by investors; how the type of investor will impact the decision process; and considerations for improving the approval process. View the report here.

Health Roundtable Continues SAHF's Outcomes Initiative

On May 16, 2014, SAHF convened a roundtable discussion facilitated by Health Management Associates, which included representatives from affordable housing providers and Medicaid managed care plans. The purpose of the discussion was to explore opportunities for collaborations between health plans and housing providers to better serve residents and improve overall health outcomes. Notes from this session can be found here. Last spring, HMA finalized a report highlighting the health and wellness efforts to date. View the full report here.

This convening is part of a broader effort, SAHF and its members are undertaking to gather, aggregate and apply outcome measures across five topics fields - health & wellness; work, income & assets, housing stability, children, youth & education, and community engagement- to develop a persuasive, data-based narrative that affordable housing with services helps low-income residents achieve important social outcomes beyond providing basic shelter. A one-pager on the initiative can be found here and a list of potential outcomes measures can be found here.

Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Energy Efficiency in Multifamily Housing Introduced in Congress

The bipartisan bill Pay For Success Affordable Housing Energy Modernization Act of 2014 (H.R. 5104), supported by Enterprise Community Partners, the Low Income Investment Fund and SAHF would enable HUD to partner with intermediaries to finance energy and water upgrades at HUD-assisted properties that do not have the resources to replace inefficient systems. The bill was introduced by Representatives Jim Himes (D-CT-3), Dennis Ross (R-FL-15), Sean Duffy (R-WI-7), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO-5) John Delaney (D-MD-6) and Ann Wagner (R-MO-2) on July 14, 2014. A press release on the bill can be found here.

SAHF Sends FY15 HUD Letter to Appropriators

On July 8, 2014, SAHF sent a letter to THUD appropriators to express our concerns and priorities for the FY15 appropriations bill. The letter can be viewed here.

SAHF Report Details Multifamily Retrofit Results

The newly released Energy and Water Savings in Multifamily Retrofits report provides a detailed analysis of 236 multifamily properties that underwent energy and water retrofit projects from 2009 to 2012. The report includes results for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Green Retrofit Program and the Energy Savers Program in Illinois and finds that there were significant energy savings and cost reductions for participating properties. Please click here to read and download the full report. The report was written by Bright Power, issued by SAHF, and made possible by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

SAHF Releases The EZ Retrofit Tool

SAHF is pleased to present the EZ Retrofit Tool. Under a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Energy Innovation Fund, SAHF and contractors ICF International and Bright Power, Inc. developed the EZ Retrofit Tool to provide a low-cost way for property owners to identify which measures are likely to be cost-effective at their sites. The EZ Retrofit Tool is available for download here.

SAHF & Bright Power Develop Energy and Water Management Toolkit

SAHF and Bright Power, Inc. with support from Capital One Bank and NeighborWorks America, have developed a toolkit intended to help improve energy and water management and reduce costs, spending and environmental impacts over the longā€term, while helping to preserve affordable properties. The toolkit can be found on SAHF's website here.

SAHF Members Among AHF’s Top 50 Owners

Each year Affordable Housing Finance (AHF) surveys the industry and publishes a ranking of the largest affordable housing owners in the country.  Of the 15 non-profits on the 2013 list, eight are SAHF members. In fact, the top seven non-profits are all SAHF members. The complete list can be found here.

SAHF Completes Initial Enrollment Effort

SAHF and its members endeavored over the last six month to enroll newly eligible affordable housing residents in Medicaid or subsidized insurance through the newly formed health insurance exchanges. During the open enrollment period, which began on October 1, 2013 and ends on March 31, 2014, SAHF members, aggressively undertook activities across the country to encourage and support residents’ efforts to enroll. SAHF members held over 95 enrollment events, posted over 5,900 materials and resources at properties, in newsletters and on websites, and made over 340 connections between residents and enrollment aides such as navigators. View the press release here.

SAHF Signs On to FY15 THUD 302(b) Letter

On March 19, 2014, SAHF and over 3,200 other national, state and local business, transportation, housing and community development, faith-based, and civil rights organizations, as well as state and local officials in municipal, tribal, and state governments sent a letter to House and Senate appropriators. This letter calls for an increase to the THUD 302(b) allocation in FY15 at “the highest possible level” to sustain the critical work of these agencies and ensure that the benefits seen in local communities are not just continued but are increased in FY15. View the letter here.

The National Housing Trust Receives MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

On February 20, 2014, The MacArthur Foundation named seven organizations in three countries as recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, including SAHF member, the National Housing Trust. The award recognizes exceptional nonprofits and helps ensure their long-term sustainability. More information can be found here.

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