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April 2017
Last HUD 202 Community for Low-Income Seniors Opens in San Antonio

A celebration will be held in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, April 27th to commemorate the grand opening of Darson Marie Terrace, an RHF (Retirement Housing Foundation) housing community for low-income seniors and the last HUD 202 community to be built in San Antonio. This event will also serve as a celebration of the 55th anniversary of RHF.

All Darson Marie Terrace residents and staff, along with RHF staff, residents and staff from nearby RHF communities, local and state officials, civic leaders, and other members of the local community have been invited to Thursday’s event. Speakers will include representatives from the offices of U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro and Texas State Representative Ina Minjarez. In addition, the program will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and a presentation by Dr. Laverne R. Joseph, RHF’s President and CEO.

Darson Marie Terrace is a 57-unit affordable apartment community for seniors. Individual apartments consist of a full kitchen with Energy Star® appliances, a living/dining area, a bedroom and a full bath. There is a pull-cord system within each unit. Shared community amenities include a community room with a kitchen, a covered patio, a computer room, a library, an activity room and a central laundry room. The design and construction of Darson Marie Terrace has been certified to a National Green Building Standard (NGBS). All 57 units of the units were funded with Tax Exempt Bonds and 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits. In addition, 49 units were also funded with a HUD 202 Capital Advance. Financing for the development and construction of Darson Marie Terrace has been provided by Wells Fargo Bank, the Angelus Trust, RHF Foundation, Inc., the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Bexar County Housing Finance Corporation, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

About RHF:

Founded in 1961, RHF is a national non-profit organization with a mission to provide a range of housing options and services for older adults, low-income families, and persons with disabilities. RHF is affiliated with the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ and LeadingAge and its state affiliates, and also co-sponsors housing development with other varied denominational and community organizations. RHF sponsors and manages 185 communities in 29 states and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. More than 20,500 people call an RHF community “home.” RHF is currently celebrating “55 Years of Changing Lives.”

April 2017
Last HUD 202 Community for Low-Income Seniors Opens in Houston

A celebration will be held in Houston, Texas on Tuesday, April 25th to commemorate the grand opening of Sagetree Terrace, an RHF (Retirement Housing Foundation) housing community for low-income seniors and the last HUD 202 community to be built in Houston. This event will also serve as a celebration of the 55th anniversary of RHF.

All Sagetree Terrace residents and staff, along with RHF staff, local and state officials, civic leaders and other members of the local community have been invited to Tuesday’s event. Speakers will include representatives from the offices of U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis. In addition, the program will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and a presentation by Dr. Laverne R. Joseph, RHF’s President and CEO.

Sagetree Terrace is a 64-unit affordable apartment community for seniors. Individual apartments consist of a full kitchen with Energy Star® appliances, a living/dining area, a bedroom and a full bath. There is a pull-cord system within each unit. Shared amenities include a community room with a kitchen, a covered patio, an exercise room, a computer room, a library, an arts and crafts room, and a central laundry room. The design and construction of Sagetree Terrace has been certified to a National Green Building Standard (NGBS). All units were funded with Tax Exempt Bonds and 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits. 61 of the units also received funding through a HUD 202 Capital Advance. Financing for the development and construction of Sagetree Terrace has been provided by Wells Fargo, the Angelus Trust, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Harris County Housing Finance Corporation, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

About RHF:

Founded in 1961, RHF is a national non-profit organization with a mission to provide a range of housing options and services for older adults, low-income families, and persons with disabilities. RHF is affiliated with the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ and LeadingAge and its state affiliates, and also co-sponsors housing development with other varied denominational and community organizations. RHF sponsors and manages 185 communities in 29 states and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. More than 20,500 people call an RHF community “home.” RHF is currently celebrating “55 Years of Changing Lives.”

February 2017
Two Affordable Housing Communities Break Ground in Los Angeles

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for Crenshaw Gardens, an RHF (Retirement Housing Foundation) tax credit housing community for low income families, and Crenshaw Villas, an RHF tax credit housing community for low income older adults, in the West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert area of Los Angeles on February 28th at 2 p.m.

California State Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Brenda Shockley, and representatives from the offices of Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson, and the California Department of Housing and Community Development are currently scheduled to attend. Also in attendance will be representatives from the funders of the communities, Retirement Housing Foundation, and other local agencies.

Crenshaw Gardens and Crenshaw Villas will have 49 and 50 residential units, respectively, and both will have ground floor commercial space. The buildings are expected to achieve a minimum LEED Silver certification. The units have been designed with an open plan concept in common areas, and will feature Energy Star® appliances and low flow plumbing fixtures. These communities will each feature a large community room and a communal laundry room, and their exteriors will include a courtyard, environmentally conscious landscaping, and an automatic irrigation system. Both communities have been carefully designed and organized to maximize their accessibility for the physically disabled. Crenshaw Gardens is made possible through funding from the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Boston Financial Investment Management, The Angelus Trust, the City of Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department, and Citibank. Crenshaw Villas is made possible through funding from the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Credit Capital, the City of Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department, UNIDAD, California Community Reinvestment Corporation, Bank of America, and the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

About RHF:

Founded in 1961, RHF is a national non-profit organization with a mission to provide a range of housing options and services for older adults, low-income families, and persons with disabilities. RHF is affiliated with the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ and LeadingAge and its state affiliates, and also co-sponsors housing development with other varied denominational and community organizations. RHF sponsors and manages 185 communities (18 in Los Angeles, alone) in 29 states and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. More than 20,500 people call an RHF community “home.”

October 2016
Housing Community for Low Income Families Opens in Oxnard, CA

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A celebration will be held in Oxnard, California on Thursday, October 13th to commemorate the grand opening of RHF Sonata at Riverpark, an RHF (Retirement Housing Foundation) housing community for low income families. This event will also serve as a celebration of the 55th anniversary of RHF.

All RHF Sonata at Riverpark residents and staff, along with RHF staff, local and state officials, civic leaders, and other members of the local community have been invited to Thursday’s event. Speakers will include State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and representatives from the offices of U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley and State Assemblyman Das Williams. In addition, the program will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and a presentation by Dr. Laverne R. Joseph, RHF’s President and CEO.

RHF Sonata at Riverpark is a 53-unit tax credit apartment community for low income families. One, two and three bedroom units feature a fully-equipped kitchen, living room, bathroom, and dining area. There is a communal multi-purpose room with a kitchen, a play area, a computer area, and on-site laundry facilities. The building, which has a LEED Gold certification, incorporates a multitude of green building features, including a high-efficiency HVAC system, dual paned windows, a drip-line irrigation system with a moisture sensor, high-efficiency lighting, low flow toilets, faucets and shower heads, and Energy Star® appliances. RHF Sonata at Riverpark is located directly behind The Collection at RiverPark shopping center, giving residents convenient access to a wide variety of stores and restaurants. This is the 65th RHF community in California and the first in the City of Oxnard. Financing for the development, construction, and operation of RHF Sonata at Riverpark has been provided by the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, the City of Oxnard, Wells Fargo Bank and the Angelus Trust.

About RHF:

Founded in 1961, RHF is a national non-profit organization with a mission to provide a range of housing options and services for older adults, low-income families, and persons with disabilities. RHF is affiliated with the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ and LeadingAge and its state affiliates, and also co-sponsors housing development with other varied denominational and community organizations. RHF sponsors and manages 185 communities in 29 states and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. More than 20,500 people call an RHF community “home.” RHF is currently celebrating “55 Years of Changing Lives.”

March 2016
Final HUD 202 Community in Houston Breaks Ground

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(Pictured from left to right: Deacon Donny Carter – Fallbrook Baptist Church, Dan Cook – Cook Construction, Michael Readinger – CHHSM, Anders Plett – RHF, Paula Norman – Cornerstone Gardens Resident, Dr. Laverne Joseph – RHF, Laura Jaramillo – Wells Fargo, Russell Brandes – HUD, George Linial – LeadingAge Texas)

RHF’s Sagetree Terrace, the last new construction project in Houston- funded by the HUD 202 program, broke ground on Wednesday, March 2nd with a ceremony and celebration held on the project site.

Sagetree Terrace will be a HUD 202 and Tax Credit community for older adults with 64 units. Sixty of the units will be funded with a HUD 202 Capital Advance, with additional funding from Tax Exempt Bonds and 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Individual apartments will consist of a full kitchen, living/dining area, bedroom, and full bath. Energy Star appliances will be used wherever possible throughout the apartment. Shared space will include a community room, an exercise room, a computer room, a library, an arts and crafts room, and a central laundry room. Sagetree Terrace will be RHF’s 16th community in Texas and its fourth in Houston. This community has been financed through a partnership with The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Wells Fargo Bank, Harris County Housing Finance Corporation, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and the Angelus Trust.

September 2015
Affordable Senior Apartment Community Opens in Charlotte
One of the Last Construction Projects Funded by the HUD 202
Program Celebrates with a Dedication Ceremony

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On September 23 Barringer Gardens, an affordable apartment community for low and fixed income seniors, celebrated its opening with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local officials and civic leaders. This community has 47 one-bedroom units and features a community room with a party kitchen, a covered patio area with tables and chairs for outdoor entertaining and barbecues, an exercise room, a library, and an arts and crafts room.

Barringer Gardens is sponsored by Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) and is this organization’s first community in North Carolina. This community was funded by a $7.2 million capital grant for construction and a $162,900 rental assistance contract for operation from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is one of the last construction projects to come from the HUD 202 program. The HUD 202 program provides subsidized housing for low and fixed income seniors. Construction of new subsidized units has not been funded since the 2012 Federal budget, and it appears that there are no plans to reinstate the program in the foreseeable future.

Charlotte recently reported a 14% poverty rate among its senior population, making the fact that Barringer Gardens’ residents pay just 30% of their adjusted monthly income for rent especially significant to the community. Income limitations (determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development) will be approximately $23,550 for one person and $26,900 for two persons.

August 2015
Henry Cisneros and Area Officials Attend Groundbreaking Ceremony for San Antonio’s Newest Affordable Senior Apartment Community

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( Pictured from left to right: Anders Plett, RHF’s VP of Acquisitions and Project Development, George Linial, President and CEO of LeadingAge  Texas, Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales, San Antonio City Council, 5th District, Rev. Dr. Laverne Joseph, President and CEO of RHF, and Henry Cisneros, Executive Chairman of City View and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)

Henry Cisneros, Executive Chairman of City View and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other state and local officials helped break ground on Darson Marie Terrace, San Antonio’s newest affordable senior apartment community, at a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, August 19th. Darson Marie Terrace will be a HUD 202 and Tax Credit community for older adults with 56 one‐bedroom units and a two‐bedroom manager’s unit. All units will feature a full kitchen and living room and a bathroom with built‐in safety features. The shared areas of this community will include a lobby with a comfortable seating area, a community room with a kitchen, an exercise room, a computer room, a library, an arts and crafts room, and a central laundry room. Darson Marie Terrace will be RHF’s 14th community in Texas and its third in San Antonio. This community has been financed through a partnership with Wells Fargo Bank, The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Bexar County, RHF Foundation, Inc. and Angelus Trust.