Putting a Face on the Workforce Housing Problem in the United States

The lack of workforce housing affects millions of Americans each and every day.
From the piece:

“Jeff Emerick was born and raised in the scenic, tourist destination and resort area that is Blaine County…. Emerick left Blaine County for a short while, only to return when he was offered a job at the Ketchum Fire Department.

The station requires its workers to live nearby, as an emergency could happen at any point. Unfortunately, Emerick could not afford the costly price of rent in Ketchum or surrounding cities.”

https://boisedev.com/news/2020/10/21/theres-no-affordable-housing-a-look-at-affordability-homelessness-in-blaine-county/

Civic Rent Beer Brewed to Aid Workforce Housing Relief Fund

“Barnstable Brewing, Housing Assistance Corporation, and Shepley Wood Products have partnered to offer the Civic Rent lager to Cape Cod residents and to benefit a good cause.

HAC launched the Workforce Housing Relief Fund in April as a way to aid the community during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Now, a portion of the proceeds from the beer sales will go towards that fund.”

https://www.capecod.com/newscenter/civic-rent-beer-brewed-to-aid-hacs-workforce-housing-relief-fund/

New REIT Will Focus on Affordable Housing

“Avanath Capital Management and MacFarlane Partners, two of the largest African American-owned real estate companies in the US, have jointly filed paperwork with the SEC to create a new REIT. It is reportedly the first REIT to focus on Opportunity Zones, though it will look to other properties as well.

The company will ‘invest in, develop, redevelop and manage mostly affordable and workforce multifamily properties in Opportunity zones, in dynamic, US metropolitan areas,’ the filing said.”

https://www.globest.com/2020/10/08/new-reit-will-focus-on-affordable-housing/?slreturn=20200915235945

The Paces Foundation and Soho Housing Partners Announce Strategic Partnership

“The Paces Foundation and Soho Housing Partners are pleased to announce they have entered into a strategic partnership, combining Paces’ industry leading affordable housing development and preservation services with Soho’s exceptional capabilities structuring complex financial solutions that make quality investments for workforce housing communities possible.”

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-paces-foundation-and-soho-housing-partners-announce-strategic-partnership-301151832.html

Charlotte-based Tartan Residential plans two workforce housing developments in Rock Hill

By Collin Huguley – Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal

“A Charlotte developer is moving forward with a pair of workforce housing projects in Rock Hill after receiving key approvals.

Dunbar Place Apartment Homes

Tartan Residential, a Charlotte-based developer of workforce and affordable housing, is planning two projects in Rock Hill: Johnston Farms Apartment Homes and Dunbar Place Apartment Homes. Rezoning requests for both projects were approved by Rock Hill City Council on Monday evening.

The larger of the two projects is Johnston Farms, which will be developed on a 24-acre site at the corner of South Anderson and Princeton roads. It will include five three-story buildings with 120 two- and three-bedroom units, according to city documents.

Dunbar Place will be developed on a 6.7-acre site on the corner of South Cherry Road and Constitution Boulevard. It will have commercial uses as well. On the housing side, the project will include one four-story building with 100 two-bedroom apartments, documents say.

The Dunbar Place site also includes an existing 16,000-square-foot building that was formerly used by American Legion. That building will be redeveloped, with about half of it being occupied by J.M. Cope Construction for its headquarters. The remainder of the building will be taken by a restaurant or retail use.

Tartan’s Jeff Carroll told the Charlotte Business Journal that he hopes to close on acquisition of the properties and begin construction on the projects in early 2021.

There are two possibilities for financing the projects, documents say. The projects will be funded by either tax-exempt bonds or opportunity zone financing.

If tax-exempt bonds are used, Tartan proposes rent and income restrictions between 30% and 80% of area median income, with a property-wide average of 60%. If opportunity zone financing is used, there will be rent and income restrictions between 50% and 100% of AMI, with an average of 80%.

Both housing projects will also include a workforce-training incentive program to help residents earn down payment assistance on future homes. Residents who complete fields of study at a local community college, technical school or university will qualify for assistance on a newly constructed home.

Documents say the program will provide a maximum of $10,000 per unit in assistance for up to 18 residents per year at Johnston Farms and a maximum of $10,000 per unit in assistance for up to 15 residents per year at Dunbar Place.”

– Charlotte Business Journal

https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2020/08/25/rock-hill-affordable-housing-tartan-residential.html?iana=hpmvp_clt_news_headline

Davidson’s Landing Apartment Homes

Davidson’s Landing is a workforce housing development designed to serve middle-income renters in Kansas City. The community will consist of 115 units, together with a wide range of unit and site amenities.

The project also includes an employer exchange and workforce training incentives, providing first-time homeowner down payment assistance to residents obtaining a degree or trade certification while working full-time.

Construction is planned for late 2020.

HousingThink Podcast – Episode 13

Multifamily Building Systems was established to improve the energy efficiency of affordable and workforce housing. In this episode we hear from industry professionals about MBS’s strategy to optimize the performance of multifamily housing.