The Minnewaukan Public School District No. 5 needed to relocate its school building because it was continuously threatened by the rising water levels of the adjacent Devils Lake in Minnewaukan, ND. The previous building also did not meet the school’s needs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. More than 90 percent of students are members of either the Spirit Lake Tribe or the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
Family Healthcare Center (FHC) of Fargo is an organization that has long provided medical, dental and pharmacy services to low-income and homeless persons in the Fargo-Moorhead region. From the early 1980s, doctors were providing medical support for the region’s homeless, working out of various shelter facilities, churches and the YWCA facilities. Currently, FHC operates out of three separate locations, but through this historic rehabilitation project, is consolidating its current operations in downtown Fargo. The new site opened in 1920 as the Pence Automobile Company, an automobile showroom and warehouse. The objective is to create one new facility that serves the needs of all of its stakeholders, while eliminating the overhead and administrative burden that is associated with offering services at multiple locations. Designs for the facility call for 33 medical exam rooms, 7 dental operatories, new space for behavioral health practitioners and rooms for community health programs, administrative offices and meeting areas. The project represents a doubling of space in anticipation of a growing number of uninsured and Medicaid patients in the Fargo-Moorhead region.
Thanks to the recent closing of a tax credit transaction, the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission (SBRM) netted $1.7 million for its Mission of Hope campaign, leaving only $381,800 to raise to fully fund the $11.9 million remodel of its Yanonali Street facility.
In addition to maintaining ongoing services, the campaign’s key initiative is the comprehensive remodel of the 40,000-square-foot facility to meet current structural codes, replace major building systems, address wear and tear, and create a more efficient, welcoming therapeutic
environment for care-seekers.
StreetSquash, located in Harlem, is an innovative and successful urban youth enrichment program that was founded in 1999. StreetSquash combines academic activities, college preparation, community service, mentoring, and squash for boys and girls ages 9-18 to help them graduate from high school and move on to active and productive lives.
Thanks to $6.5 million in NMTC financing provided by HEDC New Markets, Inc., StreetSquash expanded into a 19,000 square foot facility in Harlem, NY in November 2008. The new facility has allowed StreetSquash to serve more than 750 Harlem public school children each year, providing 4 classrooms and a library, as well as 8 squash courts, a workout area, locker rooms, and administrative offices. StreetSquash was able to expand its after-school program to serve more 160 children annually; provide College Prep Program to 100 students annually; expand the Summer Discovery and Youth Employment Program to serve over 300 students annually; create an Alumni Outreach Program for nearly 100 high school graduates; and launch the Physical Education for Public Schools Program that serves over 750 students annually through daytime squash instruction gym programs.
Now that it has the physical capacity to serve more students, the organization added six full-time positions and fifteen part-time positions − two of which are filled by parents who live in the neighborhood. StreetSquash also doubled its volunteer base to 100 so that it can serve more students. Outside of organizational growth, the new building has increased StreetSquash’s efficiency, bolstered the organization’s external credibility, encouraged cohesion and community building, and improved students’ experiences of their physical surroundings. By investing in a center that expands operations and improves participants’ experiences, StreetSquash serves as a true community asset.
StreetSquash has done so well in the last six years with this incredible youth enrichment program that it has helped other programs open in Minnesota and most recently in Newark, NJ in September 2012.
North Omaha, Nebraska is a neighborhood plagued by high rates of poverty, unemployment, and crime. In an effort to address these challenges, the City of Omaha targeted North Omaha as part of a $1.4 billion revitalization plan to advance education, job creation, business development, housing, and transportation in an area that has suffered disproportionately from violence, blight, and social ills.
In April 2012, with the help of Smith NMTC Associates, and using its innovative NMTC model, CEI Capital Management LLC (CCML) provided $1.9 million in NMTC financing to Habitat for Humanity of Omaha for the construction of 14 new, affordable, homes. This investment allowed the Omaha Habitat to extend their budget reach by nearly 25%, creating 70 construction subcontractor jobs that performed electrical, mechanical, and plumbing work on the homes. In addition, the NMTC investment generated three full-time and two part-time Omaha Habitat affiliate jobs.