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Tikkun Olam One Apartment at a Time: A New Funding Model for Affordable Housing

Tikkun Olam One Apartment at a Time: A New Funding Model for Affordable Housing by Eddie Lorin, published in Jewish Philantropy: I have been in the “workforce/affordable” housing business for many years by taking blight and making light. Having lost my father at 10 months old and my mother at 17 years of age, I struggled to make ends meet and have never forgotten the humiliation and fear that being poor grates on your psyche. For my entire real estate career, I have remained committed to the right of each of our fellow citizens to a clean, safe and affordable place to live, to treat all who dwell under our roofs with respect and dignity so they can stay, pay and refer their friends. This is the ultimate impact investment above all others in my opinion. It’s hard to educate a child when they are sleeping on the streets, hard to support solar when these folks are only exposed to the sun, hard to worry about clean water or low flush toilets when a family has neither a toilet nor water. Out of the Great Recession I have seen how rents have dramatically risen and the result on hard working folks finding it next to impossible to afford the basics. We need to keep units affordable before they become out of reach as we have seen in major cities across the country like San Francisco and New York.

According to the National Coalition for Affordable Housing there is a 7.2 million unit shortage of affordable housing in the United States and growing as we only build about 50,000 units per year and lose to attrition over 150,000 units per year as affordability covenants expire.

Traditional methods using housing credits, rent controls and other government sector solutions are great but not enough by themselves. The issue is definitely a basic supply and demand issue where we need to build as many units as we can but also at the same time we need to stabilize the existing affordable units before they get gentrified and rents rise there as well. I believe that we, as Jewish foundation stakeholders, can join forces together to use program-related investments (PRIs), grants and mission-related investments (MRIs) in public-private partnerships to make a difference with a great new solution.

How can we do it?

Our HAPI foundation, in conjunction with another Jewish funder, the KBVF Foundation of Malibu, CA, just purchased the first pilot program with the City of Los Angeles to provide supportive housing to affordable residents. This Koreatown 1920’s building is 50 units comprised of studio and one-bedrooms and what we call NOAH (Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing), which, simply put, is taking older, neglected apartment buildings and deeming them affordable for 55 years. This makes a lot of sense for two reasons: 1) it is a purchase at 40% of replacement cost; and 2) it avoids the issues of “NIMBY” (Not In My Backyard) because the building already exists and neighbors can’t stop us from doing it. This approach may seem obvious, but of course some of the best solutions are common sense rather than something sexy, shiny and new.

How did this public-private partnership come together? Our two foundations provided a 2% interest Program Related Investment in the amount of $3.2 million to a bridge loan of $7.2 mm in order to purchase the asset. Our $3.2 mm of PRI loans will be refinanced out down to as little as $500K with new financing from the state of California and “soft money” loans from the State of California and the City of Los Angeles. As a “quid pro quo” for providing all the units as affordable at various levels of Area Median Income, we expect a property tax abatement from the County Assessor to help offset this reduction in market rents.

In addition, the current affordable rents are in most instances not quite high enough to make these older rehab deals work. An additional solution we have come up with is a “supplemental voucher” program which would be in the form of a grant (as opposed to a PRI). As little as $150 per month in rent per affordable unit can often be what is needed to bridge the gap to break even and after 3 or 4 years the affordable rents will catch up to the rents needed on such NOAH investments.

This is a prime example of how collaboration is the only way to solve these challenges, and we at the HAPI Foundation are doing our part by proving a model for others to follow.

Please join and collaborate with us and we can help repair the world (Tikkun Olam) one apartment at a time. We have taken the hardest step in proving the model – now it is time for everyone else to jump in too! I am looking to form the first “PRI Affordable Housing Fund” and invite you to email me to join us as we make history at elorin@strategicrh.com.

Article originally published in Jewish Philanthropy.


The Real Estate Syndication Show with Whitney Sewell: How Impact Investing Can Drive Commercial and Social Value to Create a Win-Win for Everyone with Eddie Lorin

The Real Estate Syndication Show with Whitney Sewell interviews Eddie Lorin, founder, Impact Housing REIT and Strategic Realty Holdings in Episode WS29 “How Impact Investing Can Drive Commercial and Social Value to Create a Win-Win for Everyone”.

In this episode, Eddie shares how investing in affordable housing can prove to be a great value proposition for real estate investors. Can you really benefit from investing in affordable housing for the homeless? What is the typical holding period for a real estate syndicator? Eddie also reveals how he has managed to build up a well-qualified and motivated team over the years.

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The Inspire Cafe Podcast: Eddie Lorin on Investing with a Purpose

In episode 055 of the Inspire Cafe, Eddie Lorin, Founder of Strategic Realty Holdings and Impact Housing, shares the concept of investing with a purpose, his personal story—he lost his father when he was an infant and then also his mother when he was 17, personal struggles he overcame and what he’s learned from them.

Since he got into the real estate industry, Eddie has been on a crusade to provide affordable housing across America. He says one of the most important things we can do is put a roof over someone’s head.

Over the past 30 years, Eddie has successfully purchased and transformed more than 180 thriving communities, turning blight into light, and involving approximately 40,000 apartment units nationwide.

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Cash Flow Diary Podcast: Eddie Lorin on Having a Vision in Real Estate

Eddie Lorin sits down with full-time real estate investor, entrepreneur, author, speaker, coach, all-around problem solver, and Cash Flow Diary podcast host, J. Massey, well known for providing best-in-class advice and strategies to help new and experienced investors the world over. In episode #478, Eddie shares his experience, his empathic observation of the working poor, opinion on the inflated housing market and his vision of wanting to make a difference in the world. Eddie’s mission is to provide clean, safe, and affordable housing for working class and to include all types of investors on his journey. He does this through Impact Housing REIT.

Having a vision in the real estate industry wasn’t the easiest road to take when he started in real estate. While trying to make a name for himself in the industry, there were so many bumps on the road he had to pass through. He learned that he had to be firm and also respectful to get his message across.

If one thing was made clear during those times, it was the fact that real estate is where he needed to be. At first, he tried dealing with commercial and industrial properties. But then he discovered that in multifamily business he can make a lot of money and at the same time help the masses. And thus, the birth of Impact Housing. Eddie says that his ultimate gift is having a vision in renovation. Just one look at an old property, he already knows how to turn it into something different. He says that he finds those properties through his connections or a brokerage community.

For the future entrepreneur who’s about to enter real estate, Eddie Lorin advises that you look for appreciative capital. Go for people who are going to appreciate you and what you do. Make sure they are on the same page as you do. Also, investing has more impact if people who are really in need will be the ones who’ll benefit.

If you’re still on the fence, Eddie says to let go and remember that fear is not rational. Whatever you’re compelled to do, if it’s sound and you’ve done your research, get ready to bounce and let go. If you don’t let go, it will keep you from being who you want to be.

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Stacking Benjamins Podcast: Do Well by Doing Good w/ Real Estate (with Eddie Lorin)

Eddie Lorin joins Joe, OG and the gang of Stacking Benjamins Podcast for the episode Do Well by Doing Good w/ Real Estate (with Eddie Lorin). Joe describes Eddie as “at least one real estate investor is doing his best work by bringing affordable real estate to the masses.” In this episode they also talk about real estate in different areas of the country and about trends in real estate investing and rehabilitation. Whether you’re a seasoned real estate investor or a newbie, there’ll be something for you to like.

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Stacking Benjamins is only Academy of Podcasters Award-Winning show broadcasting live from Joe’s mom’s basement. While it may seem like Joe, OG, and the gang are messing around during an episode of Stacking Benjamins, they’re actually deadly serious about financial literacy. Literacy rates around the world are dropping, and this podcast is meant to help foster much needed conversations about money.


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Business, Life, and Coffee Podcast with Joey Price: Eddie Lorin on Everything You Need To Know About Real Estate Investment Trusts!

Business, Life, and Coffee Podcast with Joey Price covers life hacks and personal development tips for busy entrepreneurs. Each week, Joey Price, the CEO and founder of Jumpstart:HR, LLC, meets with business leaders and entrepreneurs, all thriving in different areas of expertise. Marketing, management, HR, finance, health…You name it! Guests share their success stories through meaningful advice and funny anecdotes, accompanied by useful life hacks and tricks of the trade. The conversations are educational, insightful and full of inspirational quotes, dedicated to help listeners determine their career path, build their brand and improve their business.

Click below to check out Eddie’s interview Episode 146 – Everything You Need To Know About Real Estate Investment Trusts!

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Simple Wholesaling Podcast with Brett Snodgrass: Eddie Lorin on Real Estate Apartment Investing and Creating Community

Simple Wholesaling podcast hosted by Brett Snodgrass supplies simple, yet effective content for real estate investors and business entrepreneurs. Get advice, tips, and tricks so that you can stay true to your values and achieve your dreams with real estate investing you can trust.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Eddie’s origin story
  • Where he is right now and the number of units he owns
  • The difference between accredited and non-accredited investors
  • What he means when he says “value add”
  • Ways he adds value to his properties
  • Value add comes in 3 spokes—financial, environmental, and social returns
  • HAPI (Healthy Apartment Property Initiative)
  • Lessons for newbies
  • His goal of helping homeless people
  • Advice for people who invests in multiple areas in terms of organizing and keeping track of it all

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Eddie Quotes:

“Leave enough meat on the bone for your investors.”
“You can be poor but you got to be clean.”
“When people are alone, they tend to do bad things.”
“By changing their environment, you can change their lives.”
“You need to see something someone else doesn’t.”
“You need to do what others don’t do.”
“Everybody in society can either be a winner or a loser.”
“It’s all about your people on the ground.”
“Neglect brings problems regardless of what you’re doing in this world.”
“Just be careful that we don’t push people out.”

High Return Real Estate Podcast: Socially Conscious Real Estate Investing With Eddie Lorin

Eddie Lorin joins the High Return Real Estate Podcast team for an in-depth discussion on socially conscious investing as applied to real estate — which he’s been doing for 30 years! This is the episode for investors that want to create wealth and change the world at the same time! 

What You’ll Learn:

  • How To Do Deals That Make You Money & Impact The Entire Neighborhood
  • What To Put Into Your Properties To Create A Sense Of Community, AND Keep Lower Income Residents Happy, And Paying Their Rents ON TIME
  • How To Make “Affordable Housing” VERY Profitable
  • How To Leverage Local & National Non-Profit Agencies To Help Your Tenants Have A Better Life
  • The Upcoming $40 TRILLION Wealth Transfer And How It Impacts Real Estate
  • The Secret To NOAH – Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing

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How You Can Help Fix America’s Affordable Housing Crisis – Originally Published in Forbes


housing crisisEvery day across America, individuals and families are looking for clean, safe houses and apartments that are affordable, a term the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development defines as “housing for which the occupant(s) is/are paying no more than 30 percent of his or her income for gross housing costs, including utilities.” Homes that are affordable are a necessary and tangible asset for any adult or family to survive and thrive, but there simply aren’t enough of them to go around.

Federal Reserve findings indicate a growing percentage of renters are either cost-burdened or extremely cost-burdened by rising rents and stagnating incomes. The Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) of Harvard University published a 2017 study that found more than one-third of U.S. households were rental units. The research further suggests that overall household growth will be strong over the next decade as larger numbers of the extremely large millennial generation move out on their own — therefore pushing the number of households in our country, higher.

So what can we do? Eddie Lorin, Member of the Forbes Real Estate Council, presents to ForbesCommunityVoice readers a few ways we can help fix the housing affordability crisis (and potentially earn financial returns along the way).

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Cash Flow Connections with Hunter Thompson: How Eddie Lorin Raised His Capital for Affordable Housing Through Reg A+

Since the jobs act of 2012, there have been many changes to securities laws. One of these changes has resulted in companies being able to raise capital through non accredited investors without going through the entire IPO process. The rule is called Reg A+ and although it is relatively new to the real estate sector many companies are utilizing the Reg A process to raise capital.

In this episode we discuss…

-What the whole Reg A+ process has been like
-The costs associated with the Reg A+ process
-The time associated with the Reg A+ process
-The key takeaways that our guest has learned by going through the Reg A+ process
-What our guest anticipates for the future
-The multifamily sector as a whole

Staying up to date on the new rules and regulations can help bring in capital from new places that may not have been possible before. Learning about these rules in depth will create a better understanding of how to utilize them and become successful in obtaining capital from new sources.

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The Cash Flow Connections Real Estate Podcast provides insights into the intricacies of commercial real estate investing through interviews with some of the leading investors, sponsors, and managers in the U.S. The program centers on cash flow focused asset classes such as mobile home parks, self-storage, multi-family, and office, but virtually all types of real estate transactions will be covered. The podcast is hosted by Hunter Thompson, founder of Cash Flow Connections and full-time real estate investor. Cash Flow Connections is a private equity firm that assists accredited investors achieve diversification though recession-resistant real estate.

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Impact Housing REIT, LLC.
A reservation is not an investment. A reservation is non-binding and you will need to confirm your reservation when Impact Housing REIT, LLC offering is live to invest. By making a reservation, you are requesting an allocation in Impact Housing REIT's upcoming offering. A copy of the Preliminary Offering Circular may be obtained here. A reservation is non-binding and you may change the amount at any time. Reservations may be accepted in whole, or in part, or not at all by Impact Housing REIT. If granted, you will be asked to confirm your investment once Impact Housing REIT's offering has been qualified by applicable authorities and the fundraise has officially begun.

Impact Housing REIT, LLC will invest in multifamily properties, income-producing real estate, a market that may produce returns that are different than the returns an investor could expect from other markets, including the stock market. Before our Sponsor receives anything, investors are entitled to a 7% annual return on their investment. Note: There is no guaranty that investors will receive any return on their investment, or get their capital back. In the last 5 years, the Sponsor has completed 28 projects (totaling 40 multifamily properties) which have achieved an average annual cash on cash return of 8.55% and an average project IRR of 24.74%. For more information about the Sponsor’s track record, see the Offering Circular, here. However, Impact Housing REIT, LLC is itself a newly formed company with no historical data of returns, and there is no assurance that it will achieve comparable success. The results that the Sponsor has achieved in the past do not guaranty that it will achieve similar results in the future. Like any investment, there is the potential to lose some or all of your investment. The ability to make distributions will depend on the availability of cash flow each quarter. There is no guarantee that we will be able to make a distribution in any given quarter. For a list of the most significant risks, click here.
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Under Contract: Maryland
* Highrise with spectacular views
* Twelve Floors, 143 Units
* Built in 1969
* Strong 96% Occupancy
* Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing
* RUBS / Water Conservation Potential
* Purchase Price: $7m to $8m
*Note that this property may or may not ultimately close escrow subject to due diligence and other various factors. Impact Housing REIT cannot guarantee that this specific property will end up being one of the multiple assets owned by the fund.
Target: Colorado Springs
* Mountain views
* Near commercial district
* 64 Units
* Built in 1967
* New roofs recently installed
* Units currently renting below market
* Purchase Price: $5m to $6m
*Note that this property may or may not ultimately close escrow subject to due diligence and other various factors. Impact Housing REIT cannot guarantee that this specific property will end up being one of the multiple assets owned by the fund.
Target: Mesquite, Texas
* Strong submarket: 96% Occupancy
* Located in suburb just outside of Dallas
* Multifamily, 190 Units
* Built in 1959 -1972
* New roofs recently installed
* Renting at 25% - 50% below market
* Purchase Price: $8m to $9m
*Note that this property may or may not ultimately close escrow subject to due diligence and other various factors. Impact Housing REIT cannot guarantee that this specific property will end up being one of the multiple assets owned by the fund.
Impact Housing REIT investments are expected to be spread throughout the United States. The Manager expects Impact Housing REIT’s investment portfolio to consist of direct equity interests in individual properties. The Manager will generally target equity investments ranging from approximately $3 million to $10 million. Note that these properties may or may not ultimately close escrow subject to due diligence and other various factors. Impact Housing REIT cannot guarantee that these specific properties will end up being one of the multiple assets owned by the fund or that investors will receive any return on their investment, or get their capital back. In the last 5 years, the Sponsor has completed 28 projects (totaling 40 multifamily properties) which have achieved an average annual cash on cash return of 8.55% and an average project IRR of 24.74%. Past performance cannot guaranty future results. For information on our Sponsor’s track record, see the Offering Circular, here.