Chase Invests $1.25 Million In Enterprise Community Partners To Preserve Affordable Housing Options Near Metro Denver Transit Stops

Helping preserve affordable housing options along metro Denver’s expanding transit corridors, Chase has targeted approximately $1.25 million of a $5 million national grant to help Enterprise Community Partner’s (Enterprise) subsidiary, Enterprise Community Loan Fund, provide flexible loans to groups focused on preserving permanently affordable multi-family housing near public transportation stops. These resources will build on and complement the work Enterprise and its partners are already doing with the Denver TOD Fund.

“Enterprise appreciates Chase’s long-time alliance to help our partners preserve and develop affordable homes,” said Melinda Pollack, vice president, Enterprise Community Partners, in Denver. “This investment builds on the momentum of Mile High Connects (formerly the Mile High Transit Opportunity Collaborative) and the Denver TOD Fund, and meets a growing need in metro Denver.”

In communities throughout the country, existing affordable housing units are being lost to increasing property values, owner opt-outs of affordable restrictions and foreclosure. Preserving affordable housing is vitally important to maintaining stable housing choices and opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. The combined cost of housing and transportation consumes nearly 60 percent of the gross income of many low- and moderate-income people in the Denver region. It’s critical that people have access to both.

“In Enterprise, we have a local and national partner who can have a tremendous impact in metro Denver, especially as our transportation infrastructure grows,” said Todd Munson, president of JPMorgan Chase in Colorado. “This grant complements the work Chase has been doing to support long-term affordable housing in Denver and beyond.”

Chase has partnered with top-tier CDFIs for more than 20 years and remains a national leader in their financing. Over the last three years, Chase provided more than $1 billion in loans, grants and investments to CDFIs and their affiliates, committing $100 million toward CDFIs over the last two years. In addition, Chase has provided $50 million for charter schools, in conjunction with a larger $325 million charter school initiative; $25 million to small businesses; and $5 million for other community needs including healthy food access.

Nationally, Enterprise will leverage the $5 million in Chase funding to deliver $50 million in capital to support the preservation of 3,500 affordable housing units with a particular focus on the greater Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles and Seattle regions, as well as rural towns and cities across the state of Washington. Enterprise will use the funds to expand its product offerings to address the need for longer-term, lower costs fixed-rate loans required by groups who are working to ensure permanent affordability for low- and moderate-income people.

About JPMorgan Chase

In Colorado, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) operates more than 125 Chase branches and serves 1.6 million clients. With the charitable investment in Enterprise, the firm donated more than $3 million to local community organizations in 2011. JPMorgan Chase is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

About Enterprise

Enterprise is a leading provider of the development capital and expertise it takes to create decent, affordable home s and rebuild communities. For 30 years, Enterprise has introduced neighborhood solutions through public-private partnerships with financial institutions, governments, community organizations and others that share our vision. Enterprise has raised and invested more than $11 billion in equity, grants and loans to help build or preserve nearly 300,000 affordable rental and for-sale homes to create vital communities. Visit www.EnterpriseCommunity.org and www.EnterpriseCommunity.com to learn more about Enterprise's efforts to build communities and opportunity.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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