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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 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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Change Your Story, Change Your Life: Create Your Reality with Eddie Lorin

Eddie recently sat down with Louis Di Bianco host of “Change Your Story, Change Your Life” for an in-depth and very personal discussion about the importance of self-empowerment, overcoming obstacles, rising to challenges, and how to create your own reality. Overarching themes: You can run from challenges, or make friends with them. Choose the latter, and you will create your reality. Actually, you always create your reality. When you embrace all challenges, you create the reality you want.

Powerful lessons and takeaways:

  • A message of hope and forgiveness from a holocaust survivor
  • The power of the Serenity Prayer
  • The rich meaning of Impact Investing (Read more.)
  • How to create wealth through contribution
  • How to develop an abundance mindset
  • How to turn blight into light
  • Luxurious living on a budget
  • Slashing taxes with Opportunity Zones
  • Why you should be thankful for what you don’t have

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Louis created Change Your Story, Change Your Life podcast everyone to learn how to tap into and harness storytelling power to enrich personal and business growth. The people interviewed offer golden insights that help  break through limiting beliefs. You will learn to truly step into your personal and financial power. You will be able to reinvent yourself on command.



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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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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Old Dawg’s REI Network Podcast: Investing in Affordable Housing with Eddie Lorin

Eddie Lorin joins Bill Manassero to talk investing in Affordable Housing with the Old Dawg’s REI Network Podcast on Episode 203. Listen to learn about Impact Investing (see blog post: What is Impact Investing?), what’s in it for investors who opt to do Impact Investing, how to invest in doing well by doing good without sacrificing sufficient financial returns, what are practical things real estate investors can do to help solve the housing crisis in this US, what is Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH), how to cost-effectively transform neglected properties into safe, attractive, affordable places for low- and middle-income Americans to live, tips for inexpensively adding value to distressed property for maximum profit and understanding what the “Art of Real Estate Investing” is and more.

The Old Dawg’s REI Network was founded by Bill Manassero — a real estate investor who is using his business to create ample cash flow for his retirement, help support his nonprofit mission in Haiti and to create a legacy for his children.

The purpose of the Old Dawg’s web site, blog, newsletter and podcast is to provide valuable information and resources for others who seek real estate investing as their means to fund their retirement years.

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Impact at USC’s Price School of Social Innovation Annual Summit

USC’s Price School of Social Innovation’s Annual Summit Sponsored by Eddie and Jane Lorin https://www.uscsocialinnovationsummit.com

Eddie and Jane Lorin sponsored USC’s Price School of Social Innovation’s Annual Summit held Friday, April 27, 2018. Over 150 people in attendance included city agencies and key stakeholders in Los Angeles  covering non-profits providing services, Foundations, Donors, Developers and Educators. The agenda included panels titled “Housing the Workforce,” “Innovations to Increase the Affordable Housing Stock” and “Innovations to House the Homeless.”

The attendees broke into 15 groups in a workshop format to brainstorm solutions given 3 case studies. The format of the summit promoted great collaboration and a positive experience was enjoyed by all.

At the all day event, Lorin announced the first “NOAH” project (Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing) in conjunction with the City of Los Angeles which will take an existing 1920s apartment building in the East Hollywood district of Los Angeles and deem 50% of the property affordable in exchange for a property tax abatement.

These affordable units are anticipated to be reserved for supportive housing for the homeless with services and social work provided by the 20 year old non profit People Concern http://www.thepeopleconcern.org,  Health and Wellness programming on site at the property will be provided by the non-profit HAPI (Healthy Apartment Property Initiative founded in 2013 by the Lorins) which focuses on food insecurity and education https://www.hapiapts.org.

NOAH is an innovative concept Lorin proposed to the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) in 2016 in order to pilot a Public/Private Impact Investment to provide another unique solution to the housing crisis.

By purchasing existing assets and deeming them affordable, the NIMBY (not in my backyard) deterrent to new development is eliminated along with the purchase of existing older properties costs as low as 40% of the replacement cost to build new. Lorin says he is pleased to be the first to launch this concept because “it just makes common sense.” Housing can be relatively immediate versus the 3 years it takes to build new.


Jane and Eddie Lorin are relentless in their pursuit to create new innovations to solve the housing crisis like NOAH. They have also sponsored the “Jane and Eddie Lorin Fellowship for innovative low income housing solutions” at USC’s Price School. The Fellowship will promote a competition for the most creative and inventive ideas for affordable housing.

Real Estate Investing for Cash Flow with Kevin Bupp: Building a Highly Successful Value-Add Syndication Business with a Socially Conscious Focus

Eddie Lorin sits down with real estate expert and serial entrepreneur, Kevin Bupp on his podcast Real Estate Investing for Cash Flow Episode #180 Highly Successful Value-Add Syndication Business with a Socially Conscious Focus.

Listen to learn about how Eddie is doing things differently with Impact Housing REIT, how value-add upgrades and free onsite social and wellness programming keeps residents happy and healthy (See Our Impact), how he’s preparing for the next generation and his plans for the $2 million renovation and management of the REIT’s first multifamily asset, a 143 unit “Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing” highrise in Silver Spring, Maryland (see Portfolio).

Eddie’s last golden nugget of advice: Never give up.


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Impact Insider: Meet Eddie Lorin, Impact Real Estate Investor and Entrepreneur

Last week we detailed the impressive track record of our Sponsor, Strategic Realty Holdings (SRH). This week we’re here to unveil the visionary and leader behind all that success – Eddie Lorin, its Founder.

Eddie is a 30-year real estate veteran, an expert in value-add multifamily, a proven social impact real estate investor and a champion of safe, affordable housing for all Americans. Since 2001, his team has successfully purchased and transformed more than $3 Billion worth of multifamily real estate (acting as either Principal or Advisor) amounting to more than 180 communities with approximately 40,000 apartment units nationwide.

Eddie, since a young age, has been a dreamer, a doer and a proponent of the underdog. As one of four boys raised by a single mother in Southern California, Eddie grew up with modest means in an apartment community not dissimilar from the neglected communities he now purchases and revitalizes. Eddie believes that affordable housing should not be a privilege for the wealthy, but rather a right for everyone. He made it his life mission to make safe, quality housing affordable and accessible to all Americans.

Longtime impact investors and philanthropists, Eddie and his lovely wife Jane founded Healthy Apartment Property Initiative (HAPI), a 501C3 non-profit in 2013 that “builds community through health” by bringing health-related education, fitness, gardening, and nutrition programs directly to the doorsteps of residents living in lower income apartment communities. Hapi offers efficient, low-cost, high-reward customized programming to cater to each specific community’s needs, whether it is a senior, toddler, or school age population. Hapi programming is a key ingredient in the performance of SRH and Impact Housing REIT’s properties and delivery of ‘triple bottom line’ returns to investors.

As an impact real estate expert, Eddie has featured on and interviewed by leading industry experts and media including Cashflow Ninja w/ M.C. Laubscher, Wealth Formula w/ Buck Joffrey, The Sure Investing Podcast, Michael Blank’s Apartment Building Investing Podcast, Best Ever Real Estate Investing Advice w/ Joe Fairless, Wheelbarrow Profits w/ Jake & Gino, Take a Knee w/ Adam Carolla, Flipping America, American Dream TV and more.

Eddie is a member of the Mission Investors Exchange, SOCAP, National Multifamily Housing Council, National Apartment Association, and Jewish Funders Network. Most recently, he became an Official Member of the Forbes Real Estate Council and will soon be a Contributor to Forbes.

Want to hear more from Eddie? Say hello anytime on LinkedIn or via email at elorin@strategicrh.com. He would love to hear from you.

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.