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LISC Launches Neighborhood Revitalization Loan Fund To Drive Affordable Rental Housing Development With Funding From Morgan Stanley, Capital Magnet Fund

NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has leveraged a $5 million grant from the federal Capital Magnet Fund to launch the Neighborhood Revitalization Loan Fund – an affordable housing loan pool designed to stimulate the development and preservation of multifamily rental housing for low-income residents.

Supported by a $19 million loan from Morgan Stanley [NYSE: MS], the new fund is expected to fuel $100 million in affordable housing development by providing the early financing and loan guarantees required by investors and construction lenders. The fund will be disbursed through 30 LISC urban programs around the country, as well as through Rural LISC.

Noted Audrey Choi, Managing Director and Head of Morgan Stanley's Global Sustainable Finance group:  "We are pleased to provide this focused capital to help LISC launch this fund and meet the needs of communities across the country.  LISC has built an innovative program to mitigate the funding risks that have hindered development of the affordable housing sector.  Morgan Stanley's loan is the latest reflection of our commitment to support community development through targeted deployment of capital to areas in need."

The first loan for the new pool closed recently in Chicago, providing $3.6 million to bridge local Tax Increment Financing for Zapata Apartments, a new 61-unit development in the city's Logan Square neighborhood. Lack of full financing stalled the project for two years, though it was championed by Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, one of the city's leading nonprofit developers.

Last fall, LISC was one of 23 organizations awarded $80 million in grants from the federal Capital Magnet Fund, an initiative created by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and managed by the Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund).  The Capital Magnet Fund aims to spur development of affordable rental housing and other community facilities, as well as to attract significant private capital to the effort.  

With its Capital Magnet Fund grant, LISC laid the groundwork for the Neighborhood Revitalization Loan Fund, which will be used for predevelopment, acquisition and construction loans.  The Fund also will provide liquidity and Section 8 guarantees which enable developers to borrow adequate funds to complete and operate projects in an environment in which investors are uncertain about federal funding commitments. The LISC Fund will focus on Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects.

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