New Program To Address Lack Of Affordable Housing In Tennessee

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pathway Lending is expanding its product offerings by partnering with the Tennessee Bankers Association (TBA) and its member banks to provide developers a uniquely designed long-term, fixed-rate financing option for new construction and the rehabilitation of affordable multi-family housing communities. As part of this program, Pathway Lending will also work with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA), which aims to create well designed, high quality affordable housing throughout the state.

“We are excited about this product expansion and our ability to increase positive impacts in underserved communities throughout Tennessee,” said Clint Gwin, president of Pathway Lending. “Our ability to respond quickly to needs in the marketplace will provide developers the opportunity to meet certain deadlines and efficiently create much needed affordable housing.”

The program, which was approved by the TBA board of directors on May 6, will provide a long-term, fixed-rate source of first lien permanent financing that will be leveraged with federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). This pairing will be used to develop or rehabilitate apartment communities throughout Tennessee with rents that are affordable to households earning 80 percent or less of an area’s median family income.

“Pathway Lending and the Tennessee Bankers Associations have enjoyed a strong relationship since 2007,” said Mr. Gwin. “This expansion illustrates the continued commitment of the TBA and its member banks to ensure the availability and flow of capital to meet these critical needs in Tennessee.”

According to Brad Barrett, president of the Tennessee Bankers Association, “This program provides TBA member banks another tool to strengthen the communities they serve. By reducing risk concerns and increasing lending opportunities, we are offering our members a safe, sound and profitable community development lending opportunity. ”

A recent housing needs assessment conducted by THDA determined approximately 150,000 more affordable rental units are needed throughout the state. More than one in four Tennesseans experience some sort of housing problem due to high costs.

“THDA welcomes the opportunity to work with TBA and Pathway Lending on this exciting new initiative,” said Ralph Perrey, executive director of THDA. “By leveraging our public and private resources, we will be able to provide more quality affordable housing opportunities in communities across the state.”

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