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MassHousing and MHIC Announce the Opening of the Equitable Developers Fund
Applications are now open for qualifying developers to obtain financing from the $50 million, publicly funded program
May 14, 2024

BOSTON – May 14, 2024 – MassHousing and the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC) announced today that funding applications are now open for the Equitable Developers Fund (EDF).

The $50 million Equitable Developers Fund is the largest publicly led financing program of its kind in the country. The EDF will address disparities in capital access in the real estate industry, expanding the capacity and increasing the number and diversity of capable developers working across Massachusetts.

The fund will offer developers Working Capital Lines of Credit and Standby Letters of Credit, products designed to break down traditional barriers of entry into the real estate development industry for underrepresented developers.

"Opening funding applications for the Equitable Developers Fund represents an exciting milestone in our efforts to create new housing in Massachusetts and expand growth opportunities for underrepresented developers," said MassHousing CEO Chrystal Kornegay. "The enterprise level growth capital that the Equitable Developers Fund provides will help emerging developers grow to scale, deepening our housing delivery system."

MassHousing and MHIC announced earlier this year that the two organizations entered into a partnership to launch and administer the EDF. The partnership between MassHousing, a state housing finance agency with more than $29 billion in total lending activity, and MHIC, a private, nonprofit housing and community development lender, combines MassHousing's substantial reach with MHIC's deep experience raising and deploying capital, as both a lender and an investor. The EDF represents MassHousing's largest partnership with a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

"With an overwhelming shortfall of affordable homes in the Commonwealth, we need more developers putting shovels in the ground," said Moddie Turay, MHIC’s President and CEO. "We also need to help ensure that socially and economically disadvantaged developers can participate in solving our region's affordable housing crisis. The Equitable Developers Fund directly and impactfully addresses this challenge."

The EDF seeks to support emerging developer enterprises that:

  • Are previous and/or current long-term (5 or more consecutive years) residents in one of the Commonwealth’s 26 Gateway Cities, Boston, Framingham, or Randolph or a HUD Qualified Census Tract in any other Massachusetts municipality, or can provide documentation addressing social disadvantages such as, economic insecurity, barriers to educational access, disability, membership in a group historically subject to social prejudice or social bias, or previous and/or long-term residence in an environment isolated from the mainstream of American society.
  • Have some previous experience developing rental, homeownership, or mixed-use developments.
  • Intend to pursue rental, homeownership, or mixed-use development within one of the geographies listed above.
  • Meet all EDF program guidelines for eligibility and underwriting.
  • May need technical assistance to better navigate the real estate development permitting process to grow their business.

The EDF's programs will provide technical assistance to identified developers as it relates to understanding the state's affordable housing development opportunities and financing sources.

In addition to the enterprise level capital made available through the EDF, MHIC plans to make at least $10 million in project-level predevelopment, acquisition, and construction financing available to developers. MHIC and MassHousing also intend to expand the reach of the EDF by raising an additional $25 million from private investors.

To learn more and apply, go to: www.mhic.com/progapps/edf. Program related questions should be sent to edf@mhic.com.

About MHIC

Founded in 1990, MHIC is an innovative private, non-profit financier of affordable housing and community development, providing financing that would not otherwise be available, and extending the impact of that financing to ensure the broadest possible benefit, especially to low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. MHIC has evolved from a Massachusetts-based loan pool to a full-service capital markets platform of debt and equity products serving New England. Supported by an experienced and dedicated staff, MHIC has invested more than $3.2 billion for 658 developments, representing more than 25,500 homes and 6.9 million sq. ft. of commercial space. For more information about the Equitable Developers Fund, please email edf@mhic.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

About MassHousing

MassHousing (The Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency) is an independent, quasi-public agency created in 1966 and charged with providing financing for affordable housing in Massachusetts. The Agency raises capital by selling bonds and lends the proceeds to low- and moderate-income homebuyers and homeowners, and to developers who build or preserve affordable and/or mixed-income rental housing. MassHousing does not use taxpayer dollars to sustain its operations, although it administers some publicly funded programs on behalf of the Commonwealth. Since its inception, MassHousing has provided more than $30 billion for affordable housing. For more information, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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