Launched in 2003, SAHF has twelve 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 more than 96,000 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 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 March 26, 2013, HUD released a NOFA for the FY13 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants. Applications are due on Tuesday, May 28. Individual grant awards may be for up to a maximum of $500,000. The NOFA 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 March 11, 2013, SAHF submitted joint comments with other national housing partners to HUD on the Senior Preservation Rental Assistance Contracts (SPRAC) program. View the comments here.
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.
On September 4, 2012, HUD published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to provide clarification to Housing Notice 2012-08 - Updated Requirements for Prepayment and Refinance of Section 202 Direct Loans. View the document 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 Affordable Housing Trust National Church Residences, Inc. National Housing Trust NHP Foundation Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. Retirement Housing Foundation Volunteers of America