Three Developers selected to participate in the Moving Forward Rural Development (RD) Program [RELEASE]

Teams together will look to preserve a minimum of 30 USDA RD properties

Moving Forward Rural DevelopmentINDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) announced today that Biggs Development, Justice Property Management & Greystone Affordable Development and Woda Cooper Companies were selected to participate in the Moving Forward Rural Development (RD) Program. IHCDA, in partnership with Energy Systems Network (ESN), will work with these three groups to take on the challenge to preserve a minimum of 30 USDA Rural Development (RD) properties.

“The purpose of Moving Forward Rural Development is to create and implement long-term strategies to overcome challenges,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who serves as board chair of IHCDA. “Through innovative financing and support we can ensure that much needed affordable housing is preserved across our state and available for years to come.”

There are 472 USDA RD properties located in Indiana that represent 12,838 units. Many of these units target Indiana’s elderly population. As these properties mature and leave the program, their affordability goes away and it jeopardizes our most vulnerable population’s ability to maintain housing that is safe, decent, and affordable and located in our rural communities.

To help address this problem, the groups selected will be provided technical assistance from IHCDA, ESN and other subject matter experts as they develop their plans to bundle at least 10 properties each into one multifamily portfolio. Additionally, each developer will be eligible to receive low-income housing tax credits* that have been reserved as well as multifamily bonds.

“We are excited to begin the next iteration of Moving Forward,” said Jacob Sipe, Executive Director of IHCDA. “Previously, this program has been used primarily for new construction. However, just as important as creating new affordable housing is to preserve our existing affordable housing stock.”

Moving Forward Program

The Moving Forward Program, launched in 2015 by IHCDA and Energy Systems Network (ESN), is designed to create affordable housing that increases quality of life while decreasing the cost of living for low to moderate income individuals and families. To date, six teams have participated in the program with housing developments planned or currently underway in Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Indianapolis, East Chicago and Gary.

Click here for more information about the Moving Forward RD Program.

*Per the 2018-19 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), IHCDA will reserve 10% of its RHTC for the IHCDA General Set-aside. Under this set-aside, IHCDA reserves credits for developments that further the Authority’s mission, goals, initiatives, and priorities irrespective of the ranking by evaluation factors. The QAP states that the Authority will exercise its sole discretion in the allocation of the IHCDA General Set-aside.

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IHCDA, chaired by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, provides housing opportunities, promotes self-sufficiency and strengthens communities in order to build an Indiana with a sustainable quality of life for all Hoosiers in the community of their choice. For more information, visit www.ihcda.in.gov or www.in.gov/myihcda.

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