KeyBank Provides $16.3 Million of Capital For Affordable Multifamly Housing to Serve LGBTQ Youth in New York City

Sep 22, 2021 10:45 AM ET
Press Release

CLEVELAND, September 22, 2021 /3BL Media/ – KeyBank Community Development Lending and Investment (CDLI) has provided $16.3 million dollars for the development of Homeward – Central Harlem in New York City. The property will exclusively serve unhoused youth between the ages of 18 and 25, a vulnerable underserved demographic in New York City, in an LGBTQ-affirming community. The site is located at 15 West 118th Street and will consist of 51 units, of which 50 will be covered by New York City’s 15/15 Rental Assistance Program, in addition to one manager unit.

KeyBank provided a $12.8 million construction loan and $3.5 million permanent loan through Freddie Mac to Type A Projects and Azimuth Development Group to build the affordable multifamily housing property in Manhattan. Type A Projects is a women-owned business enterprise and real estate developer of affordable and supportive housing located in New York City. Azimuth Development Group is a full service development firm specializing in the construction of affordable and market rate housing.

In addition to KeyBank’s capital, the project will receive $14.3 million of low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) equity, $2.5 million of subsidy through NYS HCR’s Supportive Housing Opportunity Program and a $1.8 million grant from Enterprise Community Partners.

“KeyBank has had a steadfast commitment helping the clients and communities we serve thrive,”   said Rob Likes, national manager of KeyBank’s CDLI team. “We are deeply committed to helping underserved populations and are proud to partner with Type A Projects and Azimuth Development Group to build new, safe and decent affordable housing in an environment that is affirming for the over 40% of homeless youth who self-identify as LGBTQ.”

“Supporting the work of organizations like Homeward NYC towards the creation of more equitable, supportive and affordable housing for all New Yorkers is at the heart of every Type A Projects development,” said Annie Tirschwell, co-founder of Type A Projects. “Now more than ever, NYC needs stable housing and life changing services particularly in LGBTQ-affirming spaces for vulnerable young adults.  This project will be just such a place and Type A could not be more proud to be a part of creating it.  We are incredibly grateful to HCR, HPD and Enterprise Community Partners for their partnership on this project.”

“Azimuth is proud to be part of this transformative and important project,” said Peter Boboris, Director of Development for Azimuth. We look forward to working with our partners to further our mission of providing much needed housing to underserved and vulnerable New Yorkers.”

Qualified residents will be referred through the Centralized Assessment and Placement System (CAPS) drawing young adults from both the Department of Homeless Services and the Department of Youth and Community Development’s Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs. Homeward NYC will become the beneficial owner after completion and will provide long term services to the residents.

Eric Steinberg of KeyBank’s CDLI and Tabare Borbon of KeyBank Real Estate Capital’s Commercial Mortgage Group structured the financing. “Our integrated platform allows us to fill funding gaps in record setting time, which provides neighborhoods greater access to affordable housing and spurs local economic activity,” said Steinberg.

About KeyBank Community Development Lending and Investment

KeyBank Community Development Lending and Investment (CDLI) finances projects that stabilize and revitalize communities across all 50 states. As one of the top affordable housing capital providers in the country, KeyBank’s platform brings together construction, acquisition, bridge-to-re-syndication, and preservation loans, as well as lines of credit, Agency and HUD permanent mortgage executions, and equity investments for low-income housing projects, especially Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) financing. KeyBank has earned 10 consecutive “Outstanding” ratings on the Community Reinvestment Act exam, from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, making it the first U.S. national bank among the 25 largest to do so since the Act’s passage in 1977.

About KeyCorp

KeyCorp's roots trace back nearly 200 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $181.1 billion at June 30, 2021. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of more than 1,000 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications, and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.