affordable housing

On-Demand: New and Emerging Funding Sources for Affordable Housing Development

November 18, 2021

The live webinar is recorded and available on-demand below.

The affordable housing crisis, exacerbated by the global pandemic, has widened the economic gap between Americans. A large part of the solution to close the gap is in funding for developing affordable housing. Recently, two brand new state funding sources have become available.

  • Califonia’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will fund $500 million, including $276 million for investigation and cleanup, including $4 million for Brownfield site workforce training.
  • The California Department of Housing and Community Development’s Infill Infrastructure Grant (IIG) program provides grants as gap funding for infrastructure improvements necessary for specific residential or mixed-use infill development projects or areas.

Join our panel of experts…

as they discuss new and existing state and federal resources available for the development of affordable housing, such as:

  • Equitable Community Revitalization Grant (ECRG)
  • Infill Infrastructure Grant Program (IIG)
  • U.S. EPA Brownfields Grants


The companion slide set is available to share or download here and if you are interested in a free consultation please visit the California DTSC Grant Support webpage for more information.

The notice of funding availability is released, and the Pre-Qualifying Application Round for the DTSC ECRG grants is open through December 7, 2021. DTSC plans to launch the full ECRG application in the spring of 2022. Participants are encouraged to apply for pre-qualification. The program gives California communities an unprecedented opportunity to address historic environmental injustices. Use the funding to set a new land-use path with immediate and lasting benefits, such as parks and other green spaces, commercial enterprises, and affordable housing. ECRG funding is available to help California local governments, qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and tribes to conduct community-wide assessments, environmental investigations, and cleanup.

DTSC is accepting Pre-Qualifying Applications now! Don’t miss this unprecedented opportunity to combine public and private resources to address persistent environmental injustices and set a new land-use path that will have immediate and lasting benefits for California communities.










Posted by Diane Samuels at 10:00 am

2021 Housing California Virtual (Un)Conference

June 22, 2021

Join SCS and more than 1,500 affordable housing, homelessness, and multi-sector thought leaders, practitioners and advocates at California’s premier affordable housing and homelessness conference, June 22-24 — going virtual once more!

The Virtual (Un)Conference will feature thought-provoking keynotes and plenaries, breakout sessions, deep-dive learning labs, and networking opportunities and activities. We learned so much at last year’s event, and we’re ready to do it even bigger and better than before.

Together, we can advance bold solutions and a Roadmap to racial justice and Homes, Health, and Wealth for All Californians.

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Posted by Laura Dorn at 12:00 am

2021 NH&RA Annual Meeting – Virtual

March 3, 2021

This year’s National Housing & Rehabilitation Association’s Annual Meeting is taking place virtually, March 3-5, 2021.

This is the premier annual event in the affordable housing and tax credit development industry where industry executives convene to discuss the latest developments in multifamily development, finance and operations and develop their business networks.  This year the conference is a state-of-the-art virtual event.

The event will feature cutting-edge transaction-oriented discussions led by the most knowledgeable industry executives across the country as well as many networking opportunities.  This conference is recommended for

  • Affordable Housing & Tax Credit Development Executives
  • Debt & Equity Originators
  • Attorneys, Accountants & Financial Advisors
  • Housing Finance Agency Allocation Staff
  • State & Local Bond Issues
  • Multifamily Brokers, Market Analysts & Valuation Professionals

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Posted by Laura Dorn at 1:00 pm

RISE Community Development Wins the 2016 Yvetter H. Younge Award

May 18, 2016

East Alton Defense Area Rehabilitation Project Receives Illinois Governor’s Affordable Housing Champion Award. SCS Engineers provides environmental services that help move redevelopment project forward. – Congratulations RISE!


Mark Stroker, Director of Real Estate Development, RISE St. Louis, informed the SCS Engineers team about the honor, saying he felt “a great deal of pride and appreciation that Emerald Ridge was selected by IHDA [Illinois Housing Development Authority] as the Champion’s Award winner for excellence in affordable housing development for 2016.”

Mr. Stroker went on to tell the SCS team that, “It is an extraordinary honor and represents a long and collaborative effort… This was a tough project and wouldn’t have been possible without all of your help.” He attended the Illinois Governor’s Conference in late March 2016, where he accepted the award and discussed the project with conference attendees.

In his notification to Mr. Stroker about the award, Benjamin Fenton, IHDA’s Housing Coordination Services Manager, explained that three nominees are chosen for this award every year for distinguished developments, initiatives, or programs in affordable housing. The nominees stand out for their commitment to serving the Annual Comprehensive Housing Plan focus areas and one or more of the State’s Priority Populations, and for having positive impacts on the community in which they are located.

The "Defense Area" shown here was built in the early 1940's.
The “Defense Area” shown here was built in the early 1940’s.

Before it was redeveloped, The Emerald Ridge Development was known as the “Defense Area,” and it consisted of 18 one- and two-story multi-family buildings containing approximately 80 apartments. The Defense Area was built by the Federal government as temporary housing in the early 1940’s to accommodate workers at the nearby Olin ammunition plant during the war effort. After the war, these barracks-style buildings were not dismantled as originally planned but were sold off to private owners. Over the years, they were re-sold multiple times, and the condition of most of the buildings became more and more deteriorated, in addition to being constructed with asbestos-containing materials and lead-based paints.
Residents were temporarily relocated, and the old buildings were demolished and replaced with 46 newly constructed, high-efficiency single-family homes. The residents who lived in the area when the redevelopment project commenced were given the opportunity to rent homes in the new development, and some accepted. The rechristened Emerald Ridge Development is located in the Village of East Alton, Illinois, and the new single-family homes are affordable to families earning 60% of the Area Median Income, which includes nearly two-thirds of the residents of East Alton.

The "Defense Area" was demolished and replaced with new high-efficiency single-family homes shown here. The community is now called The Emerald Ridge Development.
The “Defense Area” was demolished and replaced with new high-efficiency single-family homes shown here. The community is now called The Emerald Ridge Development.

Services that SCS Engineers provided at the site included lead and asbestos abatement sampling and specifications, asbestos abatement management, subsurface investigation for a Phase II ESA, NESHAP demolition inspections, and two Phase I ESAs to assess the property for potential environmental impairments, to satisfy IHDA requirements, and to satisfy the CERCLA requirements to qualify for landowner liability protection.

Stephanie Hill, SCS Project Director, said: “I am honored to be part of the RISE team that brought so much value to the community.” Ms. Hill offered special thanks to Randy Homburg, SCS Geologist and Project Manager, for his work on this redevelopment project, and to the other SCS team members who performed the environmental site assessments.



Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am