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 almost 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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SAHF and other national, regional and local industry groups have signed on to a joint letter to the Budget Conference Committee in support of the project-based Section 8 program as well as the USDA rental assistance programs. The letter can be found here.
On October 9th, PBS News Hour ran a story about Bayview Hill Gardens, a Mercy Housing property in San Francisco, where homeless individuals are currently unable to move into their new apartments due to the government shutdown. HUD must first finalize the property's Shelter Plus Care contract but won't be able to until the government reopens. The full story can be found here.
SAHF and its members are embarking on an endeavor 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 begins today SAHF members, partnering with local enrollment aides such as navigators, will be aggressively undertaking activities across the country to encourage and support residents’ efforts to enroll, including posting materials and resources at properties, in newsletters and on websites as well as hosting enrollment events. SAHF will support these efforts by providing a venue to share resources and feedback, partnering with other national housing organizations focused on similar efforts, and working with our members to track their efforts and outcomes. View the press release here.
On September 26th, SAHF and POAH shared, on the National Alliance to End Homelessness' blog, five ways non-profit affordable housing providers can help enroll people in Medicaid or subsidized insurance during the open enrollment period, which begins on October 1st. View the blog post here.
On August 24th, the Bipartisan Policy Center held a regional forum in Columbus, OH. The first half of the forum focused on aging in place and housing with supportive services, while the second half of the day focused on preserving and expanding the supply of affordable housing with the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH), a champion for the LIHTC program, provided the keynote remarks. More information about the event can be found here.
SAHF President Bill Kelly along with SAHF member Michelle Norris, Senior Vice President at National Church Residences participated in an informative discussion about the intersection of housing and healthcare. Please click here to view the discussion. It is the third video down highlighting the second and third panels at the event (note: due to technical difficulties the third panel is not available in it’s entirely).
On July 3, HUD released the final notice on the Senior Preservation Rental Assistance Contracts (SPRAC) program. The notice can be viewed here. Previously, SAHF submitted joint comments with other national housing partners to HUD on the program. View the comments here.
On April 3, SAHF submitted letters to the House Ways & Means Committee's working groups focused on tax reform. SAHF submitted a letter to the Real Estate Working Group regarding the value of the LIHTC and the need for MID reform. SAHF also submitted a letter to the Charitable/Exempt Organizations Tax Reform Working Group regarding the importance of the charitable deduction.
SAHF President Bill Kelly and SAHF EVP Toby Halliday's commentary titled "Putting Housing Program Delivery into High Gear" was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Community Investments publication. View the full article here.
The National Affordable Housing Trust (NAHT) and SAHF have formed a new alliance to further their common goal of creating sustainable, affordable rental housing for all Americans.View the press release here.
On May 17, SAHF submitted comments on proposed changes to the Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment. View the letter here.
Over the past year, SAHF has engaged Health Management Associates (HMA) to assist in developing a common set of health and wellness outcome measures as well as to provide an overview of the current healthcare landscape and advise on potential financing strategies for engaging the healthcare system to support housing as a vehicle to improve health outcomes. This is part of a broader effort, SAHF and its members are undertaking to gather, aggregate and apply outcome measures across five topics areas to determine the impact and cost implications of the resident services they provide. This spring, HMA finalized a report highlighting the effort to date. View the full report here.
On April 25, Enterprise Community Partners, LeadingAge and Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future submitted a joint letter to the Senate and House Appropriations committees in support of Section 202 funding in the FY14 budget. View the letter here.
On May 31, 2013, HUD released a NOFA for the FY13 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants. Applications are due on Tuesday, September 10. The NOFA makes available approximately $109 million. Individual grant awards may be for up to a maximum of $30,000,000. The NOFA can be found here. On March 26, HUD released a NOFA for the FY13 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants. Applications were due on May 28. More information can be found here.
Previously HUD announced FY 2012 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation and Planning Grant awards. Nearly $109 million was awarded to four implementation grantees, including SAHF's member The Community Builders. A complete list of the implementation grantees can be found here. In addition, nearly $5 million was awarded to seventeen planning grantees. A complete list of the planning grantees can be found here. Two of SAHF members were among the awardees. Bridge Housing was awarded a grant for their project in San Francisco and Mercy Housing is a sponsor of the Sunnydale project also in San Francisco.
On February 25, 2013, the Bipartisan Policy Center's Housing Commission released their report titled Housing America's Future: New Directions for National Policy. The report's recommendations are the culmination of a 16-month process that engaged the housing community through a series of roundtable discussions and regional housing forums. Read the report here. Previously, SAHF submitted comments for the report. View the comments here.
On December 20, 2012, HUD announced the FY 2012 Assisted Living Conversion Program grants. $26 million has been awarded to nine grantees, including SAHF's member National Church Residences for their property in Baltimore, OH. Delta VOA Elderly Housing, Inc., an affiliate of SAHF's member Volunteers of America also received an award. More information about these awards can be found here.
Recently, Affordable Housing Finance announced the winners of their 8th Annual Readers' Choice Awards. Mercy Housing Southwest won the Master-Planned/Mixed-Use category for their Savannah Gardens property in Savannah, GA. Mercy Housing Lakefront's Harold Washington Apartments in Chicago, IL won in the Preservation category and National Church Residences' The Commons at Livingston in Columbus, OH won in the Special-Needs category. The winners will be featured in the November/December issue of Affordable Housing Finance and will be recognized at a luncheon concluding AHF Live: The 2012 Affordable Housing Developers’ Summit on Nov. 16 at the Fairmont Millennium Park in Chicago. More information on the awards can be found here.
SAHF and Bright Power, Inc. in collaboration with Common Ground, Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation, St. Nicks Alliance and University Neighborhood Housing Program and with support from New York Community Trust and Doris Duke Foundation, developed tools intended to help improve energy and water management and reduce costs, spending and environmental impacts over the long‐term, while helping to preserve affordable properties. These tools can be found on SAHF's website here.
MAP OF SAHF MEMBER PROPERTIES BRIDGE HousingThe Community Builders Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Homes for America Mercy Housing, Inc. National Church Residences, Inc. National Housing Trust NHP Foundation Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. Retirement Housing Foundation Volunteers of America