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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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.
In April 2014, SAHF engaged the Urban Institute to assist in exploring the youth and education field of SAHF's Outcomes Initiative. In January 2015, Urban finalized a report highlighting the effort to date. The report first offers a brief literature review of the relevant research that has been conducted looking at the connection between affordable housing and child and youth outcomes. Second, the report provides an overview of some of the existing efforts in which the SAHF membership has worked to address child and youth educational development. Third, the report outlines potential opportunities, challenges and recommendations for SAHF and SAHF member organizations to engage more deeply on issues related to education in their properties. View the full report here.
On January 9, SAHF announced the promotion of Rebecca Schaaf to Senior Vice President. Having served as the Vice President of the SAHF Energy division for nearly two years, Rebecca will be leading SAHF’s energy and water conservation work following the retirement of SAHF Energy President, Richard Samson. View the press release here.
On December 12, 2014, Health Management Associate (HMA) hosted a webinar titled The Missing Link: Stable Housing as a Key Determinant of Health in Medicaid Populations. This webinar featured healthcare and housing experts on the front lines of ground-breaking work that tackles housing as part of a strategy to improve health and health outcomes. John Lovelace of UMPC for You offered a case study of his organization’s growing, three-year-old Shelter Care Plus program for the homeless. SAHF's Bill Kelly discussed the Medicaid business case for housing as a platform to serve the health needs of other low-income populations. And HMA’s Mike Nardone talked about the link between housing and Medicaid-financed health care. More information and a recording of the webinar can be found here.
On December 4, 2014, The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute launched What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities, a new volume of essays addressing how to improve the ways that data is used by practitioners, policymakers, funders and others to better conditions in some of the country's most distressed places. The book includes a chapter authored by Bill Kelly and Fred Karnas at Kresge about SAHF's Outcomes Initiative. For more information and to order the book, go to www.whatcountsforamerica.org.
On September 16, 2014, Affordable Housing Finance announced the winners of their 2014 Readers' Choice Awards. POAH's Grant at Woodlawn Park property, the second new construction phase of their work in the Chicago Woodlawn neighborhood, was selected as the overall winner. Mercy Housing California won the Family category for their Caroline Severance Manor property in Los Angeles and the Senior category for their Coastside Senior Housing property in Half Moon Bay. Mercy Housing Lakefront and National Housing Trust/Enterprise Preservation Corp. won the Preservation category for their Pullman Wheelworks property in Chicago. The winners will be featured in the November/December issue of Affordable Housing Finance and will be recognized at a luncheon at AHF Live: The 2014 Affordable Housing Developers’ Summit on Nov. 19-21 at the Fairmont Millennium Park in Chicago. More information on the awards can be found here.
On October 23, 2014, Rebecca Schaaf, Vice President of SAHF Energy participated in a panel discussion at Greenbuild about the challenges and solutions to financing green retrofits for affordable housing. A Multi-Housing News Online article about the panel can be found here.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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, 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.
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.
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