CPC Launches New Flex Small Loan Program Geared for Small NY Multifamily Properties

Real Estate In-Depth | November 2020

Sadie McKeown, EVP, Construction Lending & Initiatives at Community Preservation Corp.

NEW YORK—The Community Preservation Corp. a leading New York City-based nonprofit affordable housing and community revitalization finance company, has announced the launch of the new Flex Small Loan program for small multifamily properties.

The new program, which includes both construction and permanent financing offering loans as low as $100,000, was created to address the unique capital needs associated with the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of small multifamily and mixed-use properties. Earlier this year, CPC partnered with New York State to provide relief to small building owners experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

“Small rental buildings are the backbone of our communities, and while they make up a majority of our housing stock, owners and operators of small buildings face unique challenges when it comes to finding right-sized financing,” said Sadie McKeown, EVP, Construction Lending & Initiatives at CPC.

She added, “CPC has spent more than four decades focusing on the impact small buildings have on communities, and tailoring our financing products to serve their unique needs. The Flex Small Loan program allows us to reach deeper and serve a segment of the multifamily stock that has historically been underserved.”

The new Flex Small Loan product redoubles CPC’s commitment to serving the often-overlooked needs of small buildings and the company’s nonprofit mission of strengthening the communities they serve. Construction loans through the program can range from $100,000 to $2.5 million, with permanent financing from as low as $100,000 up to $1 million. The financing can be used for construction, rehabilitation, acquisition, refinance, or a construction loan takeout of mixed-use rental housing.

Small multifamily buildings are a critical piece of the state’s housing stock that serves millions of hardworking low-, moderate-, and middle-income New Yorkers. According to New York State, small landlords who own buildings with fewer than 50 units represent 72% of the total rental housing stock in New York State, with high concentrations in the outer boroughs of New York City, Long Island and in urban communities throughout each upstate region.

However, when there’s a need to refinance to find the capital to make repairs and upgrades many owners discover that there’s a significant shortage of products built to fit their unique needs. CPC’s new Flex Small Loan product addresses this acute gap in the market and offers owners the financing solutions they need to keep their properties in good repair and sustainable over the long-term, CPC officials stated.

CPC has helped both New York State and New York City craft and administer their small affordable housing and small buildings disaster recovery programs. Last year, the company launched the “Start Small, a guide to financing small multifamily properties” as a straightforward tool that provides a roadmap to navigate financing for a small multifamily rental building, whether it’s for acquisition, refinance, rehab or new construction. Earlier this year, CPC was chosen by New York State to administer the New York Forward Loan Fund program to provide loans to small multifamily building owners who experienced a loss of rental income due to COVID-19.

More than 70% of CPC’s investments since its founding have been in small building projects—buildings with five to 49 units. That’s more than 3,000 loans to all types of borrowers. These include first-time owners who have been able to acquire or unexpectedly inherited a rental property; experienced general contractors or property managers who want to branch out; and local business owners who want to own their storefronts and convert additional space into rental housing units for extra income.

Since its inception in 1974, CPC has provided more than $11.5 billion to finance nearly 200,000 units of housing, and is currently one of the largest Community Development Financial Institutions in the country dedicated to investing in multifamily housing.