MassHousing Provides $205 Million in Financing for 10 Rental Housing Communities With More Than 900 Apartments

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BOSTON – MassHousing has closed on a $205 million package of affordable housing financing to Providence Realty Investment, LLC, for the refinancing and preservation of affordability at 10 Massachusetts housing communities.

The financing package extends affordability protections on 931 total apartment homes for lower-income senior citizens and families.

“We are pleased to complete these transactions with Providence Realty Investment so that the lower-income seniors and families living in these 10 housing communities will continue to enjoy affordable rents and housing stability,” said MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay. “These properties have been well maintained over the years and these transactions will allow residents to remain in their homes, in towns where affordable rental housing can often times be difficult to obtain.”

“Providence Realty Investment, LLC, commends the collaborative effort between MassHousing, Rockport Mortgage and HUD to create a refinance solution that provides long-term stability and secures 931 apartments for lower-income seniors and families for years to come,” said CEO Raymond Uritescu.

The 10 housing communities were refinanced through MassHousing’s Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP)/Ginnie Mae Joint Venture Initiative with lender partner Rockport Mortgage Corporation. MassHousing offers the MAP/Ginnie Mae loan program to the owners of rental housing through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD provides expedited Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insurance approvals through the MAP program. MassHousing has surpassed $1.5 billion in cumulative MAP lending and the Agency has built the largest MAP lending program of any state housing finance agency in the nation.

The combination of FHA insurance and a Ginnie Mae guarantee enables borrowers to access taxable mortgage financing with lower interest rates, while preserving and extending affordability for hundreds of low-income individuals, senior citizens, and families.

“Rockport Mortgage is pleased to have worked with the principals of Providence Realty Investment and MassHousing in preserving the affordability of over 900 units across the state of Massachusetts,” noted Dan Lyons, President of Rockport Mortgage. “The properties will continue to serve as valuable affordable housing stock for their communities for many years to come.”

Providence Realty Investment previously utilized $125 million from MassHousing to purchase the 10 affordable housing communities in 2011. At that time, nearly one-third of the 931 apartments involved were at risk of converting to market rents and being lost from the state’s inventory of affordable housing. That transaction ensured that rents at the 10 properties would remain affordable for lower-income renters for at least 60 years.

All 10 of the properties were originally financed by MassHousing between 1979 and 1984. Additionally, most of the 931 apartments are subsidized by federal Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment contracts that remain in place or have been renewed and extended.

The properties and latest MassHousing financing include:

Cedar Glen in Reading, $29.3 million in financing involving 114 units of elderly housing.

Glen Grove in Wellesley, $38.4 million in financing involving 125 units of elderly housing.

Gosnold Grove in Falmouth, $4.4 million in financing involving 33 units of family housing.

Nehoiden Glen in Needham, $16.5 million in financing involving 61 units of elderly housing.

Chestnut Glen in Abington, $25.6 million in financing involving 130 units of elderly housing.

Heritage Green in Sturbridge, $13.9 million in financing involving 130 units of elderly and family housing.

Noonan Glen in Winchester, $4 million in financing involving 18 units of elderly housing.

Norton Glen in Norton, $29.6 million in financing involving 150 units of family housing.

Longfellow Glen in Sudbury, $32.2 million in financing involving 120 units of elderly and family housing.

Old Mill Glen in Maynard, $10.7 million in financing involving 50 units of family housing.

The properties are managed by Wingate Management.

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