National Equity Fund
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EMERGING MINORITY DEVELOPER FUND

EMDF was launched as a new approach to building the capacity of emerging BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) developers that primarily focus on developing affordable housing utilizing the LIHTC program. The $132 million fund includes a group of investors who share NEF's commitment to create impact through LIHTC investments and to provide emerging BlPOC developers with access to capital for the development of affordable housing.

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EMDF DEVELOPER PROFILE*

Minority Status

The developer entity is majority owned and managed (for profit) or majority governed and/or managed (non-profit) by an individual(s) identifying as members of one or more racial minority groups that have been historically underrepresented in LIHTC. 

Experience

The developer will have materially participated in the development activities of at least one completed LIHTC development as developer, co-developer, or have other transferrable real estate development experience.

Pipeline

Developers must demonstrate their long-term commitment to LIHTC development.

*Matching this profile does not guarantee eligibility for participation in EMDF.

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FUND BENEFITS

GUARANTEE BACKSTOPS

The fund will provide limited guarantee backstops to bridge any gaps between the developer's financial capacity to provide guarantees and underwriting requirements as needed.

LIHTC Equity

The fund will provide LIHTC equity to the approved partnership entities of participating developers.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT FUNDING

The fund will provide technical support funds to pay for various consultants and/or other professionals that assist with growing the capacity of the developer as needed.

KEY CONTACT

Lydia Smith
EMDF Director
312-971-1581
lsmith@nefinc.org