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A CORNERSTONE IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING SINCE 1987

For the past 35 years, National Equity Fund has worked with partners across the country in service of our mission to create and deliver innovative, collaborative financial solutions to expand the creation and preservation of affordable housing. As a nonprofit, everything we do is rooted in our vision that all individuals and families across the country have access to stable, safe, and affordable homes that provide a foundation for them to reach their full potential. We are dedicated to our purpose of building homes, communities, and better lives.

JUST ANNOUNCED: NEF'S 3 Winners of the 2023 Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Awards

Check out NEF's 3 Award Winners and 3 Finalists Recognized in the AHF's 2023 Readers' Choice Awards


Supportive housing

As a long-established leader in Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), NEF has worked strategically to integrate services that help improve the mental and physical wellbeing of residents, empowering them to live safe, healthy, and more independent lives. Together, with our trusted sponsor and investor partners, NEF moves the needle forward in combating the ever-evolving homelessness crisis.


Preservation

NEF is committed to preserving existing affordable housing throughout the country. With the ever-increasing demand for affordable housing, we are on a mission to preserve units at risk of becoming market rate in our efforts to maintain long-term affordability for residents.


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Georgiaville Village Green

Georgiaville Village Green

Smithfield, RI
Family

Georgiaville Village Green is one of the first affordable housing developments for families in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Once home to the Narragansett Gray Iron Foundry, Gemini Housing Corporation remediated and replaced a brownfield site with a 42-unit complex. This townhome community mirrors the architecture of historic Georgiaville Village while maintaining a cohesive design that is surrounded by greenery built to street edge. Units are available for single-family residents earning between 30-60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).  

The new homes at Georgiaville Village Green offer 3 one-bedrooms, 22 two-bedrooms, and 18 three-bedrooms. Five homes are reserved for very low-income households earning no more than 30 percent AMI through the Section 811 program, which offers supportive services to those residents with disabilities. The Smithfield area holds a range of shopping centers, medical centers, restaurants, and other amenities. 

This building’s “green” features include storm water runoff management, 46-kW solar photovoltaic systems, and the construction led to efforts to clean the contaminated lagoons and rehabilitate nearby riverbanks.  

Georgiaville Village Green was a 2020 AHF Readers’ Choice Awards Finalist in the Family category. Funding from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program made the remediation and land purchase possible. Sponsored by Gemini Housing Corporation and housing authority affiliate, Coventry Housing Associates, NEF contributed an investment of about $8.1 million in LIHTC equity.  

Terwilliger Place (formerly Post West Nine)

Terwilliger Place (formerly Post West Nine)

Arlington, VA
Veterans

Located only 1,500 feet from the Virginia Square-GMU Metrorail station, Lucille and Bruce Terwilliger Place is a 160-unit affordable rental community featuring a contemporary 6,000-square-foot ground floor space for American Legion Post 139. In response to an aging facility and diminishing membership, the members of the American Legion Post 139 selected developers Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) to redevelop their site in Virginia Square to create affordable apartments and a new, modern Post facility. The certified EarthCraft Gold building also includes community and multi-purpose spaces, a counseling office, and a business center. Terwilliger Place has a 50 percent veteran preference, and 26 units are deeply affordable to households earning 30 percent of the area median income (AMI).

As veterans continue to get priced out of Arlington, APAH saw a need to serve the individuals who had dedicated their lives to serving their nation. Now, in the heart of Arlington County, veterans can enjoy living in a community made for them. With nearby shops, access to transportation, community amenities, and supportive services, veterans can feel empowered to build and thrive in a new, safe, and stable home. This community serves as a replicable model for veterans services organizations in the middle of a town with a large veteran presence, which can influence potential developers and veterans services organizations alike.

Bruce and Lucille Terwilliger Place is the 2023 AHF Readers’ Choice Winner in the Urban category. This development won the 2023 CoStar Impact Award for Multifamily Development of the Year.

Miriam Apartments

Miriam Apartments

Chicago, IL
Preservation

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. 

Seasons at Compton - BOACHIF V 2010 - Secondary 2015

Seasons at Compton - BOACHIF V 2010 - Secondary 2015

Compton, CA
Supportive housing

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.

 
Freedom Village at West Windsor

Freedom Village at West Windsor

Princeton, NJ
Supportive housing

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.