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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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 long‐term, while helping to preserve affordable properties. The toolkit can be found on SAHF's website here.
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 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.
On March 19, 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.
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.
On February 5, 2014, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) published its monthly Housing Expert Forum. The forum is designed to foster interactive and substantive discussions about pressing housing issues. The February topic is energy efficiency and asks the question - What are the most promising opportunities to promote greater residential energy efficiency? Is there a role for the federal government? Read Rick Samson's post here. The full forum can be found here and include posts from SAHF members Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and the National Housing Trust.
On January 8 & 9, 2014, SAHF hosted its second convening around health and wellness outcome measures. During this meeting, SAHF's consultant Health Management Associates (HMA) led SAHF members in the initial development of pilot projects that will help to prove the value proposition for funding services to healthcare funding partners. This convening 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. Last spring, HMA finalized a report highlighting the health and wellness effort to date. View the full report here.
On January 3, 2014, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future submitted a comment letter on HUD’s Small Multifamily Building Risk Share Initiative, which is designed to facilitate the financing of small multifamily properties. View the letter here.
SAHF is excited to announce that all five SAHF members with properties in Wisconsin, including Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Mercy Housing, National Church Residences, Retirement Housing Foundation, and Volunteers of America, recently participated in a partnership with Wisconsin's Focus on Energy Program, a statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program funded by Wisconsin utilities. As of December 31, 2013, five properties had completed the direct install process which included 284 units, 149 low-flow showerheads, 269 kitchen aerators, 285 bathroom aerators, 57 ft. of hot water insulation, and 898 CFLs. Another five properties are scheduled to be completed in January. These properties are eligible for additional support for deeper retrofits through a small grant fund provided by Focus on Energy. For further information please contact Kenley Farmer at email@example.com.
SAHF and all eleven of its members are pleased to be participating as inaugural Partners in the expansion of the Better Buildings Challenge to multifamily housing. At a White House event on December 3, the Department of Energy and Department of Housing and Urban Development recognized the Better Buildings Challenge commitment being made by SAHF. We are particularly enthusiastic to be joining the Better Buildings Challenge, as it parallels and supplements SAHF’s Big Reach initiative launched in May 2013. The full story can be found here.
On December 17, HUD announced $14.8 million in funding through the Senior Preservation Rental Assistance Contracts (SPRAC) program. The press release and awardees can be viewed here. Previously, SAHF submitted joint comments with other national housing partners to HUD on the program. View the comments here.
On November 22, HUD announced $4.37 million in FY 2013 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant awards. More information can be found here. Previously, HUD released a NOFA for the FY13 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants. 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.
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 September 26, 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 24, 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 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.
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 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 February 25, 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.
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