The Washington, D.C.-based Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition recently honored The Meadows, a Rhode Island affordable housing development designed to meet the needs of low-income seniors, with the Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award for senior housing.
The $20 million, 80-unit project involves the new construction of a two-story building offering one- and two-bedroom apartments to seniors at 50 percent of the area median income, with rents running from $754-825 per month. The project was developed by Woonsocket Neighborhood Development Corporation (WNDC), one of the state’s affordable housing developers. It is one of the first projects in the country to combine federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits with the HUD Section 202 Supportive Housing for Elderly program as part of its financing.
"The Meadows is another in a long line of top quality projects from WNDC," noted Joe Hagan, president and CEO of National Equity Fund, Inc. (NEF). "It’s notable not just for its wonderful design, but for the impact it has on seniors in this community. It allows them to age in place and maintain their independence thanks to the quality of the housing and the services offered on-site," he said.
NEF syndicated The Meadows’ Low Income Housing Tax Credits on behalf of a pool of 10 investors, including Allstate, Citicorp, Comerica, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Fifth Third Bank, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo. "The $6.2 million those investors contributed to the project were critical to helping it get off the ground," Hagan said. "Their commitment to affordable housing in this area speaks to the value of the public-private partnerships that ensure projects like this flourish."
Additional funding for The Meadows came from Citizens Bank and Rhode Island Housing, both leading supporters of community development efforts throughout the state.
"The Meadows is so important because there are too few affordable rental options in this community, particularly with regard to seniors," commented Barbara Fields, executive director of Rhode Island Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a statewide program of national LISC, which is NEF’s parent. "We would not have this new resource for low-income seniors were it not for the commitment of local and national funders that have for many years backed revitalization efforts across Rhode Island," she said.