Michigan Banks Generate $12.5 Million for the Development of Affordable Housing

Cinnaire and Michigan Bankers Association established an equity fund for low-income seniors, families and residents with disabilities

Cinnaire  and  Michigan Bankers Association Service Corporation (MBASC) recently closed its fourth housing equity fund, generating $12.5 million to support the development and rehabilitation of 10 different apartment communities across the state, providing 669 units of quality, safe and affordable housing for lower income residents.

 According to T. Rann Paynter, President & CEO of Michigan Bankers Association, “The Michigan Community Fund represents a tremendous financial opportunity for our members.  We wholeheartedly support the initiative. By investing in housing credits, Michigan banks will reduce their federal corporate taxes, receive recognition for their Community Reinvestment Activities and support the production of high quality, affordably-priced apartments for low-income community residents.”

Twelve banks in Michigan generated a combined $12.5 million for the equity fund, including:

Bank of Ann Arbor

ChoiceOne Bank

Commercial Bank

County National Bank

Eaton Federal Savings 

First National Bank of Michigan

Isabella Bank

Lake-Osceola State Bank

Level One Bank

Macatawa Bank

Mercantile Bank

United Bank of Michigan

“Isabella Bank has invested in several equity funds sponsored by Cinnaire and MBA because they provide tangible benefits to the communities we serve,” commented Dennis Angner, President & CFO of Isabella Bank Corp. “I have been impressed with the quality of design, construction and the economic benefit the various projects have brought to their respective communities.  This is a product we’re proud to support through our investment.”

Bank Investments in Affordable Housing Generate Positive Results

In many communities it is difficult for lower income residents to find quality, affordably priced rental housing in a safe living environment.  Those who work at lower wage jobs and those who have special needs can find it particularly difficult to find suitable housing at a price they can afford.

Take for example a young lady named Judy who remained in an abusive home for several years because she couldn’t afford a “decent” place to live. Her life changed for the better when she moved into a brand new apartment near her family which had been built with equity generated by banks investing in Housing Tax Credits through the housing equity fund. The equity reduced the amount of debt required to build the apartments. This, in turn, enabled the rents to be priced well-below the prevailing rents in the area.

“It has really changed my life,” stated Judy. “I now have a great place I can afford that’s within easy walking distance of my family,  the grocery store and pharmacy, schools, my job downtown, the post office and the library. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

The 10 multifamily apartment communities being supported by this equity fund will generate $88 million of economic impact in Michigan and these developments will support 800 jobs (including construction-related jobs and those associated with the on-going operations of each apartment building).

About Cinnaire

Cinnaire is a Lansing-based full service community development financial partner that has been in operation for 24 years.  It provides creative loans, equity investments and best-in-class services to its development partners.  Cinnaire has generated $3.5 billion of investment in more than 700 developments which revitalize communities and provide safe, affordably-priced housing opportunities for low-income residents.  www.cinnaire.com

About Michigan Bankers Association & MBA Service Corporation

The Michigan Bankers Association (MBA), the voice of the banking industry since 1887, consists of Michigan financial institutions with more than 2,300 branches located throughout the state. It promotes strong communities and economic activity in Michigan by advancing a positive business environment. MBA assists banks by offering products and services to reduce expenses and increase profitability through the strength of the association. MBA Service Corporation (MBASC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of MBA. The mission of MBASC is to develop, maintain and provide access to quality products and services that will benefit MBA member banks, improve their competitive position and increase their profitability.  www.mibankers.com

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Jennifer Calery




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