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 115,000 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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On March 24, 2016 at 11am PDT/2pm EST, Senator Cantwell was joined by several mayors and local leaders in Seattle for a press event to announce the start of her campaign to expand the Housing Credit. The ACTION Campaign sign-on letter will be highlighted at the event, releasing a report on the Housing Credit. Click here to read the press release.
On March 14, 2016 Affordable Housing Finance published its Affordable Housing's Influential Women list, which included two CEOs from two of SAHF's member organizations: Mercy Housing's Jane Graf and BRIDGE Housing's Cynthia Parker. Read the full article here.
Washington, D.C. Monday February 1, 2016. Almost two years after the intial launch, SAHF is pleased to announce the release of EZ Retrofit 3.0! EZ Retrofit is a free, do-it-yourself, excel-based audit tool that addresses cost and complexoty concerns typically associated with third party audits. It was developed by SAHF in collaboration with ICF International and Bright Power, Inc. Click Here to read more.
Enterprise Community Partners, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) and the Low Income Investment Fund applaud the imminent passage of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015. Click here to read the full statement.
In late 2014, SAHF hired CFSI, a recognized leader and innovator based in Chicago, to support SAHF’s Outcomes Initiative in the area of financial capability, assets and income. CFSI has been working with SAHF to more deeply understand the opportunities and challenges of incorporating financial capability programs and services into the affordable housing sector. This report outlines the fundamental aspects of CFSI’s framework for consumer financial health, as well as critical findings from a national study on the state of American financial health. Read the full report here.
On June 23, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and former Representative Vin Weber, Bipartisan Policy Center Health and Housing Task Force chairs, wrote an op-ed in the U.S. News & World Report on how to help seniors age in place. The article highlights the importance of tracking outcomes to document savings and in particular the work done through SAHF's Outcomes Initiative. Read the full op-ed here.
On June 24, SAHF released EZ Retrofit Tool Version 2.0 - an Excel-based, free benchmarking and audit tool to give multifamily property owners and operators the ability to identify a range of energy and water efficiency measures that are likely to be cost-effective at their sites. Click here to learn more about the new and improved tool.
On June 15, The Community Builders (TCB) was awarded a $40 million allocation of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) from the U.S. Department of Treasury. TCB stated they would target this award towards new projects that provide affordable housing and economic development. This is TCB’s third NMTC award. Click here for more information about the award.
On June 10, Aaron Gornstein took over as POAH’s new President and CEO. Previously, Aaron was the undersecretary for the Massachusetts’ Department of Housing and Community Development and the executive director of Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA). Aaron is replacing Amy Anthony, POAH’s President and CEO since it’s founding in 2001, who is retiring this summer. To learn more, visit POAH’s website here.
This May, Volunteers of America opened the doors to their new Blue Butterfly Village project in Los Angeles which was developed using 9% tax credits and provides housing to homeless female veterans. More information about the project and the work being done to provide housing for this population can be found in a CBS Morning News segment about the project which aired on Memorial Day.
On May 18, 2015, Volunteers of America-Greater New York hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for Creston Avenue Residence. Creston Avenue Residence is 66 unit apartment building for low-income individuals and families in the Bronx. This is the first 4% tax credit project making use of New York Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) funds.
On May 1, 2015. Make Room is launching as a national campaign to elevate the rental housing issue on the national agenda. Make Room will be partnering with and convening corporations, policymakers, nonprofit organizations and advocates to raise awareness in support of the 11 million families struggling to make rent. Enterprise Community Partners is a sponsoring partner of Make Room. Please visit the Make Room website for more information and to join the campaign.
On March 3, 2015, NPR ran a story about the benefits of improved housing on residents' health, which featured SAHF member BRIDGE Housing. The recording for this story titled Improving Housing Can Pay Dividends In Better Health can be found here.
MAP OF SAHF MEMBER PROPERTIESChart of SAHF Member Properties By StateBRIDGE 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