National Equity Fund


Chatsworth, CA

Jobs Created: 106
Jobs Year One: 431

First constructed in 1971, the Waterstone Apartments were acquired under the NEF Preservation loan program in 2021. The 354 apartments are reserved for households earning at 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). This community has been transferred to a HUD Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment (“HAP”) contract. Most of the common areas have been upgraded and renovated and 163 units are being fully renovated and 96 partially renovated. The sponsor, Lincoln Avenue Capital, plans to continue to renovate units as they are vacated.

The Waterstone Apartments are located in Chatsworth, California, close to the San Fernando Valley, which is famous as being home to Warner Bros. Studio, Walt Disney Studios, and the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. This community provides an affordable place to live for those who work in the surrounding area.

Lincoln Avenue Capital is the NEF Preservation Program's most prolific sponsor with approximately 75 properties acquired to date. This acquisition received a $99.3 million loan from NEF with a 5-year term.

Project Details:

Total Units:
Mix of Residences:
1 Bedroom (207),Efficiency (78),2 Bedroom (69)
Net Equity:
Lincoln Avenue Capital, LLC
Property Manager:
Pinnacle California Corp

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Miriam Apartments

Miriam Apartments

Chicago, IL

Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, the preservation of Miriam Apartments has not only preserved the building’s original classic Chicago front façade elements and floors, but also 66 homes for residents in Chicago’s Uptown community. Mercy Housing Lakefront took over from Lakefront SRO, which updated the property in 1990, to improve this four-story historical building that was built in 1925. The rehabilitation work transformed shared bathrooms and communal kitchens into private spaces.  

In the interest of long-term affordability, Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD) secured 20-year project-based assistance contracts for all apartments. Mariam Apartments aims to improve the quality of life of residents coming out of homelessness. All 66 units are restricted to residents earning 30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and benefits from a Section 8 contract. The rehabilitation also features a steam heating system, which provides the residents with air conditioning for the first time as well as access to a computer lab, fitness room, community room, and resident storage. 

Miriam Apartments has gained recognition as the 2020 Residential Development that Best Exemplifies Major Community Impact at the Novogradac Rehabilitation Awards and was a 2020 Affordable Housing Finance Readers’ Choice Awards Winner in the Preservation category. This community was developed by Mercy Housing Lakefront, and NEF invested over $9.4 million in LIHTC equity. 

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