BOSTON – November 20, 2023 – MassHousing has closed on $7.55 million in affordable housing financing to Affordable Housing and Services Collaborative (AHSC) for the acquisition and renovation of the 25-unit Prospect Estates in Webster.
AHSC plans more than $6.5 million in property improvements, including renovating kitchens and bathrooms, adding hot water heaters to each unit, installing mini splits for heating and cooling, electrical upgrades, roof replacement, preserving historic elements such as windows and wood flooring, updating the laundry rooms, and the creation of a management office.
"Prospect Estates is an important affordable housing resource in Webster, but the property is in need of significant upgrades," said MassHousing CEO Chrystal Kornegay. "We are pleased to be working with AHSC to ensure that the residents of Prospect Estates will have high-quality rental homes that they can afford for many years into the future."
"Prospect Estates is a true 'turnaround story' that could not be possible without the efforts of everyone on our development and management team. I'd like to extend a special acknowledgement and thank you to MassHousing and Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities for helping us navigate some difficult challenges along the way," said AHSC Executive Director Michael J. Mattos.
MassHousing is providing AHSC with $6.9 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) bridge loan financing and $650,000 in permanent and construction financing. Additional funding includes $6.1 million in federal and state LIHTC financing allocated by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC), $1.5 million in direct support from EOHLC, approximately $1.9 million in state and federal Historic Tax Credits, a $1.6 million seller note and $1 million from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which MassHousing manages on behalf of EOHLC. The Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC) is the tax credit syndicator and investor.
The transaction will allow the rehabilitation of two existing mid-rise, historical former school buildings at 10 and 41 Prospect St. in Webster. The housing community has one studio apartment, two one-bedroom apartments, 15 two-bedroom apartments, and seven three-bedroom apartments. Of the 25 apartments, 18 benefit from Section 8 Project Based rental assistance, of which four units are restricted to households earning up to 30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and 14 are restricted to households earning up to 50 percent of AMI. Seven of the apartments are restricted to households earning up to 60 percent of AMI.
MassHousing has financed four rental housing communities in Webster involving 308 housing units and $31.4 million in financing. The Agency has also provided $50.8million in home mortgage financing to 366 Webster homebuyers and homeowners.
About Affordable Housing and Services Collaborative, Inc.
Affordable Housing and Services Collaborative, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2001. Its mission is to provide and preserve affordable housing for low-income families, youth, elders, persons with disabilities, as well as special populations. Fulfilling their mission is a collaborative effort and process that includes working with private and public partners to seek project financing, grant funding and other leveraged resources to acquire, develop, rehabilitate and create affordable housing opportunities, as well as to enhance and expand quality of life initiatives through funding wellness, educational, vocational, and social programming. AHSC has been involved in many complex affordable housing developments involving new construction, as well as historic and occupied rehabilitation. Through their involvement in more than 20 projects in various roles they have kept approximately 1,300 units affordable. For more information about AHSC please visit www.ahscinc.org.
MassHousing (The Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency) is an independent, quasi-public agency created in 1966 and charged with providing financing for affordable housing in Massachusetts. The Agency raises capital by selling bonds and lends the proceeds to low- and moderate-income homebuyers and homeowners, and to developers who build or preserve affordable and/or mixed-income rental housing. MassHousing does not use taxpayer dollars to sustain its operations, although it administers some publicly funded programs on behalf of the Commonwealth. Since its inception, MassHousing has provided more than $29.5 billion for affordable housing. For more information, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.