Milwaukee Soldiers Home is the preservation of 101-unit apartments on the grounds of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Eighty of the development’s homes are in Old Main, which was constructed in 1867 as a place of recuperation for Civil War soldiers as they transitioned back into society as part of one of the last pieces of legislation signed by President Lincoln. Today, six historic buildings on the Milwaukee Soldiers Home grounds, including a National Historic Landmark, have been rehabilitated and returned to their original purpose, the service of veterans. The development also serves families experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
Rents are affordable to households earning between 30-50 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) and all receive 30-year Project Based VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) rental subsidy vouchers from the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM).
Milwaukee Soldiers Home is one of the first developments in the nation and the first in Wisconsin financed with a hybrid structure using 4% and 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC).
All residents of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home have access to a range of supportive services, provided on-site by the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center HUDVASH program. Services include care coordination, job training and employment assistance, help with benefits coordination and peer-to-peer counseling.
The property’s extensive rehabilitation was spearheaded by The Alexander Company. NEF invested nearly $15 million of LIHTC equity into the development.
Milwaukee Soldiers Home won the 2021 Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award in the Housing for Veterans of the Armed Forces category and Affordable Housing Finance (AHF) Reader’s Choice Award in the Historic Rehab category.
SEASONS at Compton, winner of the National Association of Home Builders award for best senior special-needs property, is an 84-unit new construction development for the elderly with 32 units set aside for developmentally disabled individuals or families. It consists of 11 residential buildings ranging from two to four stories with a 3,495-square-foot community center that includes a social service office. There are 68 one-bedroom residences and 16 two-bedrooms with balconies.
Designed by Nardi & Associates of Monrovia, California, the buildings were constructed in two clusters each encircling an elevator and connected by a network of catwalks. The tallest buildings, which are located next to the 710 Freeway, act as a sound barrier minimizing noise for the rest of the community. The development includes a landscaped courtyard with a fountain and is designed to maximize shade and breeze. Structures have stucco exteriors with faux redwood accents and flat roofs with slanting parapets. The development received LEED Silver certification for its sustainable, energy-efficient construction.
SEASONS at Compton is sponsored by LINC Housing, a nonprofit based in Long Beach, California, one of the 25 largest developers of affordable housing in the country as of 2011. The $10.3 million of LIHTC equity National Equity Fund, Inc. contributed to the project is its first investment with LINC Housing.
The Harmon Apartments are named after the inspiring Cordelia Harmon, founder of The Boston Home in 1881, which served as a long-term care facility for adults with neurological conditions, primarily multiple sclerosis. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the three-story apartment building provides 30 homes to residents earning no more than 30-60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and six market-rate units. Harmon Apartments is an “accessibility plus” development for adults who live in independent housing and cannot afford a skilled nursing facility.
This development is designed to meet the needs of individuals coming from environments of isolation and hardship with on-site services catering to active and healthy living, including wellness and social programs, access to neurological specialists, counseling, assistance with wheelchair positioning, and custom accommodations. Automatic doors, roll-in showers, and appliances in units make accessibility a priority. Residents can also adjust heating and cooling systems, lights, and blinds from their phones. About 90 percent of the community relies on supportive services with ages ranging from 15-81.
Harmon Apartments was a 2020 AHF Readers’ Choice Award Finalist in the Special Needs category. The complex was co-developed by The Boston Home and Affirmative Investments, and NEF invested over $9.2 million in LIHTC equity.
Formerly an abandoned bowling alley, Energy Square (E2) is a single five-story net-zero-for-living development that provides 57 rental apartments in Kingston, NY. E2 dedicates 29 units to households earning at or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) including seven ESSHI (Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative) units, nine units for special needs, seven for homeless young adults (18-25) and two for homeless persons with rents set at 30 percent AMI. Nine apartments are reserved for households at 90 percent AMI. Preference is given to persons waitlisted for subsidized housing and whose current housing fails to meet basic standards of health and safety.
E2 provides five fully accessible units: three adapted for persons with mobility impairment and two for hearing- or vision-impaired individuals. Support services are offered for financial literacy, employment readiness, and accessing health, mental health, and substance abuse services. The building features first-floor commercial and community service facility space with two elevators and an exterior greenspace. E2 achieved LEED Platinum certification and net zero through geothermal wells, solar, and building design.
This 2020 AHF Readers' Choice Awards Finalist in the Green Category was developed by Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO), and NEF invested $12 million in LIHTC equity.
In 2020, Freedom Village at West Windsor opened in Princeton, New Jersey as a beautiful 72-unit affordable housing community that supports residents with disabilities. This development provides homes for moderate income families and individuals who earn between 50-80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).
About 45 percent of residents in the community live with developmental and mental health disabilities, and 18 apartments are set aside for individuals in need. Specifically, 10 units are reserved for residents who are currently receiving services for developmental disabilities through their individual providers. Rents for these set-aside units are all paid for by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities while rent for eight units reserved for mental health consumers receiving agency services are paid for by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The remaining 54 units are available for individuals and families without disabilities. While showcasing their mission, Project Freedom provides a 100 percent barrier free convenience with accessible wheelchairs and social service providers.
Freedom Village at Windsor brings together neighborhoods through easy access to transportation, high-quality education and job opportunities in the surrounding areas. The developer worked to meet LEED Silver equivalent efficiency, minimizing water usage while creating healthy and efficient cost-saving buildings and minimal usage of heating and cooling sources.
With Project Freedom as the developer, NEF invested over $13.2 million in LIHTC equity.
Mason Place is a new 60-unit permanent supportive housing development in Fort Collins, CO. Formerly a movie theatre building, this community combines beautiful design, livability, and sustainability with comprehensive on-site supportive services to promote self-reliance for formerly homeless individuals and veterans. The property includes 60 fully furnished apartments, 100 percent focused on formerly homeless individuals earning less than 30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and 10 units reserved for veterans with VASH vouchers.
The trauma-informed design provides safety, comfort, privacy, and security to residents. Its prime location is pedestrian and bicycle friendly, close to a central transit corridor, and near grocery stores, healthcare, and restaurants. The high-density development (38 units/acre) is designed for health and sustainability with low-flow fixtures, energy efficient lighting, ENERGY STAR appliances, and low water landscaping -- in accordance with Enterprise Green Communities standards. Amenities include a laundry lounge on each floor, a medical room, indoor and outdoor community space, and dedicated office space for service providers. Mason Place won an Eagle Award in 2022 and was a 2021 AHF Readers' Choice Awards Finalist in the Special-Needs category.
Housing Catalyst developed this community, and NEF invested nearly $12 million of LIHTC equity into this development.
Located in Detroit’s Piety Hill Neighborhood, the Ruth Ellis Clairmount Center (REC Center) is a mixed-use development that offers 43 units of permanent supportive housing for LGBTQ+ youth (age 18-24) experiencing homelessness, addressing a critical need for a particularly vulnerable population. The development consists of 32 studio and 11 one-bedroom apartments located on floors 2-4, above the first-floor commercial space. Eight units are affordable to tenants at or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). The development is named after Ruth Ellis, a pioneering LGBTQ+ Detroit citizen who offered shelter and support to the city’s LGBTQ+ population.
Communal amenities feature a resource library, technology center, community kitchen, salon and art studio. On-site supportive services are run through Henry Ford Health and include primary care, mental health counseling, comprehensive sexual health services, PrEP and HIV treatment, gender-affirming hormone therapies and more. Despite the critical focus and tailored services for LGBTQ+ youth, all prospective residents looking for a home are welcomed, even if they are not members of the LGBTQ+ community.
National Equity Fund invested $13.8 million of LIHTC equity in the Ruth Ellis Clairmount Center in partnership with sponsors Full Circle Communities Inc. and the Ruth Ellis Center.