From the Lending Group: In early 2021, a client new to Century, HIP Housing, approached us about helping preserve 14 apartments with reasonable rents in the Bay Area city of Menlo Park. The project on Coleman Place looked like an unsuspecting site for affordable housing innovation, but within the compact 1950s buildings lay an economic conundrum being confronted around the state. With new affordable housing ever more expensive to produce, what can be done to preserve existing affordable housing stock at lower total cost?
From the Lending Group: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 91% of the construction industry is composed of men. Following trends in the financial and tech industries, women, and especially minority women, are entering this space at an accelerated rate and bringing a new energy to a field that will need more creativity and more entrepreneurial spirit to keep up with demand.
From the Lending Group: Century Housing provided patient early stage financing for Enlightenment Plaza, an affordable housing project planned for Rampart Village. This Los Angeles neighborhood with a reputation for unchecked blight and drug activity, will be reimagined by Flexible Housing Solutions and The Pacific Companies into a 454 unit campus composed entirely of permanent supportive housing for individuals transitioning from homelessness.
From the Housing Group: Veteran homelessness is a stain on the American Flag and Los Angeles is its epicenter. In the latest survey, there were nearly 4,000 Veterans and many more family members homeless on the streets of Los Angeles on any given night. Since 2018, Century Housing and its partners at The Veterans Collective have been planning and developing a large-scale solution on the historic grounds of the West Los Angeles VA Campus on approximately 70 acres north of Wilshire Boulevard.
From the Finance Group: With your support, Century Housing has grown into one of the largest originators of acquisition loans serving affordable housing in California. This early-stage financing clears a big predevelopment hurdle and, in conjunction with other Century loan products, allows more than 4,500 safe and affordable apartment homes to proceed with development every year.
Century Housing finances affordable housing developments throughout California. From acquisition loans to bridge and construction loans, Century has worked for more than 25 years to provide tax-credit developers and infill developers with innovative loan solutions and responsive service.
Although we do not offer housing directly, you can learn more about Century developments at centuryaffordable.org.
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