New Evergreen Impact Housing Fund, GMD Development project brings 145 affordable units to Renton

New Evergreen Impact Housing Fund, GMD Development project brings 145 affordable units to Renton

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Innovative public-private partnership helped finance Watershed apartments

RENTON, Wash., April 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The Evergreen Impact Housing Fund (EIHF) and GMD Development are pleased to announce the grand opening of the Watershed apartment community. Located in Renton, Watershed brings 145 affordable apartments capable of housing over 350 individuals.

The units are designed to be affordable to families earning 50-60% of King County's annual median income, approximately $71,170 for a household of four. Watershed offers a mix of units, including spacious two- and three-bedroom units, addressing the common challenge of inadequate space in metropolitan affordable housing. 20% of the units are three-bedrooms for larger families.

"Washington State has an affordable housing crisis. There's no denying it," says Kris Hermanns, fund manager of EIHF at Seattle Foundation. "It's difficult to build large-scale, affordable housing with family-size units. By investing in innovative funding solutions and working in collaboration with seasoned partners like GMD, the Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC), and Microsoft, we can bring more housing to more working families. That's what Watershed represents."

Watershed proves what's possible when cross-sector capital comes together to make affordable housing happen and ensure working families can take part in the growing employment and educational opportunities available in this region. WSHFC's Expanded Land Acquisition Program, supported by Microsoft Corporation, facilitated the land purchase. The nonprofit AOF/Pacific Affordable Housing Corp provided the predevelopment financing. The permanent financing for Watershed included Low-Income Housing Tax Credits allocated by the WSHFC, tax credit equity investment from Boston Financial, construction and permanent financing from Citi Community Capital, and gap funding from Microsoft through EIHF.

Microsoft has pledged $50 million to Evergreen Impact Housing Fund to support much-needed affordable housing in our region. "Watershed is proof of what can happen when the public and private sectors work together to address our region's housing and affordability crisis," says Jane Broom, senior director at Microsoft Philanthropies. "We are proud to partner and provide necessary resources to help get projects like this across the finish line."

GMD Development specializes in building affordable housing, and Watershed's strategic location prioritizes the needs of working families. Situated just blocks from downtown Renton, the building is near essential services, parks, dining, and public transportation, including the future South Renton Transit Center. With convenient access to Interstate 405, Seattle, and SeaTac, Watershed is an ideal location for working families.

"As a mission-based developer, we know how difficult it is to create affordable housing for families," said Steve Dymoke, partner at GMD. "We're excited about improving our local community by providing families with safe, accessible, and sustainable homes at Watershed."

A grand opening ceremony was held yesterday, featuring speakers from GMD, EIHF, the City of Renton, and Microsoft. The event culminated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Watershed is fully leased and is EIHF's second project to open to families this year, with two more apartment communities expected to open later in 2024.

ABOUT EIHF:

Evergreen Impact Housing Fund (EIHF) is a multi-sector partnership, providing catalytic impact capital to build more affordable apartments in Washington State. EIHF's investments are designed to ensure financial feasibility of projects, counteract market distortions, complement established financing for affordable housing, and advance positive outcomes for working families, especially for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Learn more at https://evergreenimpact.org/.

ABOUT GMD DEVELOPMENT:

GMD Development is a privately held real estate company specializing in the development and preservation of affordable housing. Utilizing a broad range of financial products, including bonds and tax credits, GMD Development has particular expertise in structuring complex, multi-family transactions that often involve multiple sources of debt and equity. Located in Seattle, WA, GMD Development has focused its development strategy on the Western U.S., including AK, ID, MT and WA. GMD targets markets with the greatest disparity between working class incomes and affordability. For the Watershed development, GMD collaborated with AOF/Pacific Affordable Housing Corp. which creates affordable housing units in Washington and other states. Learn more at www.gmddevelopment.com. Learn more at www.gmddevelopment.com.

Contact:

Caroline Hall
206-819-8749
[email protected]

Elise McGlothian
206-457-3416
[email protected]

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