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CARMEL, Ind. – Multifamily housing financier Merchants Capital has hired Linda Hill as Senior Vice President in the Merchants Capital tax credit equity syndications division, the company’s newest business offering. Linda Hill Based out of San Francisco, Hill will co-lead the tax credit equity investor relations and syndications platform at Merchants Capital and manage equity relationships with many of the top affordable housing sponsors in the United States. Hill is a recognized leader in the affordable housing industry with an impressive career spanning 25 years at some of the nation’s top syndicators. “Linda is a visionary in affordable housing finance,” said Julie Sharp, Senior Vice President at Merchants Capital. “Her tremendous ability, track record and experience strengthens our relationships with key industry developers and investors and elevates our capabilities as an organization.” Hill most recently served as a senior executive within the tax credit group at Aegon Real Assets, where she oversaw the production team responsible for all originations, underwriting and closing in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) investments. As head of the Aegon tax credit production group, Hill oversaw the production of more than $2 billion in tax credit investments. Prior to her role at Aegon, Hill served as senior vice president of originations at Alliant Capital, a national tax credit syndicator based out of Los Angeles. “I am very excited to be joining Merchants Capital in this pivotal time of growth,” Hill said. “As one of the nation’s top 10 lenders, Merchants is now one of the only firms in the industry that can offer developers and investors a one-stop shop for both debt and equity executions. We are uniquely positioned to succeed and offer our clients a new level of service to finance quality affordable housing in communities all over the United States.” To learn more about the tax credit equity syndications platform, visit www.merchantscapital.com/tax-credit-equity. To learn more about Merchants Capital and its services, visit www.merchantscapital.com or find Merchants Capital on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. # # #
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Linda Hill Joins Merchants Capital as Senior Vice President in the Tax Credit Equity Division
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NEW YORK – The New York office of mortgage banking company Merchants Capital today announces the closing of a $18.2 million Housing Development Corporation (HDC) Fannie Mae Risk Share loan for Mannie Wilson Towers, a historic affordable housing development located in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. The securement of this funding represents the first HDC Fannie Risk Share loan closed with Merchants Capital, a loan product uniquely created by the company. The loan has a 30-year term and a 40-year amortization. Located in the former Sydenham Hospital, Mannie Wilson Towers provides 102 one- and two-bedroom units of restricted-income housing for seniors in the Harlem neighborhood. As part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 202 program, units are restricted to residents 62 years of age and older who usually earn 50% of the area median income (AMI) or less. The Section 202 program also provides support activities for residents such as cleaning, cooking, transportation and more. Additionally, the property is 100% encumbered by a Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract, a program of HUD. “Closing this unique loan structure signifies Merchants Capital’s unwavering commitment to affordable housing development and preservation in New York City and across the country,” said Merchants Capital Vice Chair & Head of Agency Lending, Mathew Wambua. “Making these capital improvements to Mannie Wilson Towers will allow the development to provide necessary affordable housing in Harlem for years to come. Preserving this structure is critical, and we are honored to have served as a partner on this project.” The original building debuted in 1892 as the Sydenham Hospital, a privately held hospital historically known as being the first medical facility in New York City to voluntarily hire Black physicians. After private financial struggles, the hospital became part of the New York municipal hospital corporation in 1949. Nearly 90 years after it first opened, the hospital was permanently closed by the city in 1980 and was later reclaimed for senior citizen housing through the HUD 202 Program. In 2001, former U.S. Rep. Charles B. Rangel secured the waiver allowing the unused medical center to be transformed into an income-restricted affordable housing development. The financing provided by Merchants Capital will allow the property owner, West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc. (WHGA), to make necessary capital improvements and system upgrades throughout the building, ensuring complete safety and soundness of the building structure itself. WHGA is an award-winning community development corporation leading New York City in building and preserving smarter, safer and more inclusive communities. “West Harlem Group Assistance has been granted the unique privilege to serve Harlem for over 50 years," said Donald C. Notice, Executive Director of West Harlem Group Assistance. "We are proud to have been a pioneer in preserving affordable housing and the Mannie Wilson capital improvements are a true testament to building a more inclusive Harlem." "We are proud to join WHGA in continuing Mannie L. Wilson Towers' long history of service to the Harlem community, which is one we've seen firsthand during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Katie Devine, Principal, Rockabill Consulting. "The past year reaffirmed the importance of safe, affordable housing for seniors, and most recently, residents have been able to get vaccinated at the property's on-site medical center without ever leaving home. We appreciate the creative approach of the New York team at Merchants Capital and the city's housing agencies in financing this deal, and look forward to restoring this beautiful property while keeping its character intact." Mannie Wilson Towers is located at 565 Manhattan Avenue in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. To learn more about Merchants Capital and its services, visit www.merchantscapital.com or find Merchants Capital on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and Instagram. ###
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Merchants Capital Secures $18MM+ for Capital Improvements to Historic Affordable Housing Development in Harlem