News & Awards

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Partners for the Common Good (PCG) is pleased to announce our $35 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) award that is an allocation from the U.S. Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). This award will allow PCG to finance community facilities such as charter schools and health care centers throughout the United States. These projects provide critical services to residents located in Severely Distressed communities.

The NMTC program drives flexible, below-market financing to projects located in low-income neighborhoods that might not otherwise proceed.

PCG will finance high impact community facility projects located in highly distressed communities. PCG will use the NMTC allocation to meet the borrower's needs by providing features such as flexible underwriting and low interest rate loans.

Jeannine Jacokes, PCG’s Chief Executive Officer attended the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) roundtable event that announced the 120 organizations nationwide that will receive a total of $7 billion in New Markets Tax Credit awards. Ms. Jacokes, who represented PCG and is the recipient of $35 million, was among the attendees which Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced the 2015-2016 awards.

To learn more about PCG’s New Market Tax Credit Program, contact Andrew Baldwin, Chief Lending and Credit Officer at baldwina@pcgloanfund.org or 2020.689.8935 x223

Monday, November 14, 2016

Partners for the Common Good is pleased to announce a new member of the Partners for the Common Good (PCG) team. Andrew Baldwin will serve as Chief Lending and Credit Officer. Mr. Baldwin’s primary role includes overseeing PCG’s lending and loan participation initiatives and play a key role in cultivating institutional investor participants and new lending partners. He will also will oversee a Portfolio Manager and a team of underwriting consultants.

Prior to joining PCG, Mr. Baldwin was Director of Loan Originations at Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), a national community development financial institution (CDFI), overseeing lending and the New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) program. In over eleven years at CSH, he played key roles in significant growth of the loan program, geographic expansion, as well as new product development. Prior experience includes work in housing development and finance in Los Angeles, economic development in Upstate New York, and management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Baldwin is also a former US Army officer.

“Andrew a fantastic addition to our team,” stated Jeannine Jacokes, CEO of PCG. “PCG will benefit greatly from Andrew’s breadth and depth of experience and knowledge in lending and the community development industry.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the PCG team”, Mr. Baldwin said. “PCG plays a vital collaborative role in the CDFI industry and is poised for rapid growth in the years ahead. I look forward to helping build that success, working with our existing lending partners and reaching out to new partners to meet our mutual goals.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Partners for the Common Good (PCG) congratulates our very own Carla Mannings, Chief Program Development Officer, for her OFN 2016 Board Candidacy! As a prospective OFN Board Member, she brings over 20 years of banking and CDFI experience. At PCG, Carla serves in a leadership capacity for program and business development across our lending, CapNexus platform, and other program initiatives.

Prior to joining PCG, Carla served as a Relationship Manager for NeighborWorks America where she advised Executive leadership of non-profit organizations, including CDFIs, located throughout the Southeast region of the United States. Other positions include serving as a Commercial Real Estate Loan Officer for Community Housing Capital where Ms. Mannings worked closely with borrowers across the nation through loan origination, underwriting and providing project based technical assistance.

Carla would like to bring her national perspective with experience in building the field; working with all CDFI types – big and small, rural and urban, regulated and non-regulated; and she would like to serve as an active ambassador for OFN to understand, embrace, and effectively communicate to strategies to external allies and members.

If you are attending the 2016 Rethink OFN Conference in Atlanta, please come by PCG’s booth and attend the panel session CDFIs: Adjusting with the Changing Market Demands, which Carla is moderating.

Partners for the Common Good (PCG), is national CDFI participation lender where we partner with other CDFIs to provide capital to low-income people and communities. We are also the owner of CapNexus, a searchable, online database and networking tool that matches community development transactions to mission focused capital. PCG is recognized for managing the Community Development Bankers Association (CDBA), a national trade association of the community development bank sector which... Read more here.

CARS Rated AAA+2
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Partners for the Common Good CEO Jeannine Jacokes was quoted in an article on CARS Inc.'s CDFI rating system which appeared on financial news site American Banker. CARS ratings provide CDFI loan fund investors a reliable point of reference, providing information on mission, impact and financial soundness.

"Investors looking at Partners for the Common Good have asked whether it was CARS rated, said Jeannine Jacokes, the CDFI's CEO. Providing ratings and making the reporting system available removes guesswork, she says.

'The more CDFIs that participate in the reporting system makes the whole system stronger,' Jacokes says."

The CARS rating system provides a number of benefits to loan funds and investors. It provides up-to-date reliable financial information to investors who are interested in impact investing, but apprehensive about the risks. CARS provides transparency to CDFI loan fund finances, eliminating that uncertainty. CDFIs also benefit from streamlined financial documentation compiled by CARS, which makes it easier for loan funds to track their own finances and provide that data to investors.

"'I think this is a turning point for' CDFIs, says Brandee McHale, chief operating officer at the Citi Foundation, which provided the lead philanthropic funds for the reporting system and is a longtime CDFI supporter. 'This is taking it to the next level.'"

Partners for the Common Good is currently CARS rated AAA+2. This rating signifies that PCG aligns its mission, strategies, activities and data to guide programming while exhibiting solid financial performance and leading initiatives to change government policy to benefit disadvantaged people and communities.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Partners for the Common Good (PCG) and the Contact Fund have partnered on a new loan to the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco). The $500,000 loan will fund the construction of the Bronx Commons Apartments, a 293 unit mixed-income development which will house the Bronx Music Heritage Center and 50,000 square feet of retail and community facility space.

The Bronx Commons Apartments’ mixed-income units will be affordable to families earning between 50% and 80% of the area median income, with 88 units set aside for homeless families. The rooftop will feature a hydroponic green house and ground-level space to house the new Bronx Music Heritage Center.

“Bronx Commons will bring to fruition decades of resident advocacy. The Bronx Music Heritage Center—featuring a soundstage, recording studio, exhibits and archives—will educate young people about their vibrant neighborhood, attract visitors from around the world and incubate new sounds by a younger generation of musicians,” said Nancy Biberman, founder and president of WHEDco. Active since 1992, WHEDco provides over 30,000 people annually with affordable housing, early childhood education, family support and microenterprise incubation.

The development will help fill a niche for affordable housing in a neighborhood with a poverty rate of nearly 40%. Nearly 50% of tenants in the neighborhood are cost burdened by their rents.

PCG and the Contact Fund have each contributed a $250,000 investment to the project for a total loan of $500,000. The loan to WHEDco is PCG’s first housing loan in New York City. It is the first loan partnership between PCG and the Contact Fund.

“PCG loans have supported the construction and renovation of over 3,000 affordable units all across the country, but this is our first housing loan in New York City,” said PCG chief credit officer Kristin Faust. “Our partnership with Contact Fund has been vital because they are experienced lenders... Read more here.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) and the Citi Foundation today announced the selection of 50 Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) professionals to take part in the Citi Leadership Program for Opportunity Finance. PCG Chief Credit Officer Kristin Faust and Director of Finance Larita Mimms were among those selected to participate in the program.

The 10-month course begins in January.

Ms. Faust and Ms. Mimms were chosen from more than 120 applicants nationwide. The selections reflect the diversity of CDFIs and the low-income, low-wealth and other disadvantaged communities they serve. PCG’s mission is to advance economic justice and opportunity for low income people and communities. By partnering with other mission-driven financial institutions, we bring more capital to the communities that need it most.

“We are proud to see Kristin Faust and Larita Mimms selected for the Citi Leadership Program. It’s a great honor that affirms the impact of our work and will enhance PCG’s ability to advance economic opportunity,” said PCG CEO Jeannine Jacokes.

The program will include three separate career level cohorts, with 11 Executive Leaders, 19 Mid-career Leaders, and 20 Emerging Leaders. Kristin Faust was selected to participate in the Executive Leaders cohort and Larita Mimms was selected to participate in the Mid-Career Leaders cohort.

“Developed by CDFIs for CDFIs, the program supports professionals who strive to lead transformational—structural and systemic—change,” said Mark Pinsky, CEO of OFN. “OFN is excited to be able to offer this unique CDFI leadership program with the generous support of the Citi Foundation, which has supported the CDFI industry for more than 20 years.”

Participants come from 21 states and the District of Columbia. They represent a variety of CDFI types and specialties, including commercial real estate lending, microfinance, consumer finance and affordable-housing finance.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Partners for the Common Good is proud to announce its 150th community development loan to The Navajo Partnership for Housing. This $650,000 loan made with lending partner Community Housing Capital enables NPH to acquire and build 25 single-family homes near St. Michaels, Arizona, on land that is part of the Navajo National Reservation. This is an extremely rare opportunity as most land on the Reservation is in a deed restricted Tribal Trust. The Navajo Nation is willing to release 113 acres to NPH in the hopes of promoting homeownership and private land ownership in the area.

The Navajo Partnership for Housing began in 1996 and seeks to empower Navajo families with new knowledge, skills, and understanding to enable them to complete real estate transactions. NPH serves the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American tribe representing 225,000 members dispersed across 27,000 square miles of reservation and occupying three states. Through this program they have assisted over 480 families and generated $40 million in mortgage financing. They also offer a home buying education program that has been very successful, with 15,000 orientations completed to date. About 10 percent of the program's graduates are eligible to receive loans or grants for home financing.

These new homes will provide vital homeownership opportunities in a market that has historically lacked them. Before the 1990s no private bank had ever done mortgage lending within the Navajo Nation, as tribal law makes its real estate market unique and difficult to work with. The area also faces other hardships. Because potential jobs available on the reservation are limited, residents often must seek employment in nearby cities. In fact, between 25 and 43 percent of people on the reservation are unemployed; 40 percent of the families are below the federal poverty line, and the median income is below $20,000.

The land that will be... Read more here.

Champlain Housing Trust Home - Burlington, VT
Monday, July 29, 2013

Partners for the Common Good (PCG) is pleased to announce a loan to the Champlain Housing Trust, an innovative community land trust located in Burlington, VT, to provide affordable housing for 24 families. PCG partnered with Community Housing Capital, an affordable housing CDFI and exclusive lender to the NeighborWorks® network, in an overall financing package of $4.5 million.

The Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) is the largest and one of the oldest community land trusts in the country. Community land trusts ensure that housing developed on the land is perpetually affordable – if homeowners decide to sell their homes, the resale price is set to give present homeowners a fair return on their investment while giving future homebuyers fair access to housing at an affordable price. In 2008, CHT won the prestigious United Nations World Habitat Award, which recognized its innovative, sustainable solutions to housing needs and problems. 

CHT uses a three-pronged approach to achieve affordable homeownership, which includes a shared equity program, homebuyer education, and the Champlain Housing Loan Fund (CHLF). The shared equity program transfers a percentage of the property’s appreciation from one buyer to another, keeping the housing affordable. The homebuyer education service provides counseling to around 330 new homebuyers per year and converts roughly 40% of them to home ownership. And the CHLF offers home repair loans, energy efficiency loans, and second mortgages.

PCG has joined with Community Housing Capital to finance $300,000 of a $4,500,000 financing package that will acquire 32 townhome apartments in Burlington, VT. These condos will provide housing for 75 people, and 24 of them will be preserved as affordable housing. Without this loan from PCG and Community Housing Capital, these homes would have been converted into entirely market rate rental housing, leaving... Read more here.

Greater Heights Academy Students - Flint, MI
Monday, July 29, 2013

Partners for the Common Good is proud to announce that it has joined with NCB Capital Impact to provide $425,000 of an $850,000 loan to help the Charter School Development Corporation (CSDC) acquire and renovate the Greater Heights Academy charter school, located in Flint, Michigan. Greater Heights Academy will replicate the extremely successful charter school, Holly Academy, located 20 miles south of Flint.

The Charter School Development Corporation aims to promote choice, competition, and excellence in education by financing and building great charter schools nationally. They are the only CDFI in the nation to focus exclusively on financing for newly established early-stage charter schools. CSDC closely monitors its schools post-financing to ensure the success of the charter from both an economic and academic point of view. By assigning internal letter grades to each school on an annual basis they are able to assess progress and intervene if a school receives an unsatisfactory grade.

The location of the school is ideal. The area was hit particularly hard by the decline in the automotive industry and corresponding rise in unemployment rates and is in the heart of a high needs area. Over 50% of schools in the surrounding area have been ranked “Poor” or “Below Average” by the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, with only 53% of students graduating high school in the area. Additionally, 52% of children under the age of 18 in the area are living in poverty.

This K-8 public charter school will provide its community with an exceptional educational facility that will not only educate its students but also offer other services such as afterschool programs, free tutoring, a parent university, and an annual community festival. This school will serve 205 students in an area that is in desperate need of positive educational influences.

PCG is excited about the type of impact this school will have on the community. “Quality education systems... Read more here.

Two Residents of the Memorial Apartments - Baltimore, MD
Monday, July 29, 2013

Partners for the Common Good is excited to announce a loan that will help keep seniors in Baltimore, Maryland in the high-quality affordable housing they deserve. PCG partnered with the National Housing Trust Community Development Fund in a total loan of $850,000 to acquire and renovate the 286-unit Memorial Apartments building.

50 years ago a group of neighbors in Baltimore, Maryland got together and decided that their community needed an affordable housing complex for their senior citizens. These neighbors pursued that vision and created the Memorial Apartments Corporation, a Maryland based non-profit that financed the original Memorial Apartments project. The Memorial Episcopal Church was the project’s original sponsor; members from the church along with other community residents now sit on the building’s governing board.

The Memorial Apartments are located in Baltimore’s Historic Bolton Hill, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places.  The neighborhood is a stable, mixed income community which has continued to see reinvestment with the Maryland Institute College of Art playing a large role in bringing retail and market demand back to this area.  The neighborhood is also part of the Choice Neighborhoods planning process, a planning exercise designed to help the neighborhood move forward and grow.  The  apartments are conveniently located within walking distance from two metro stations, a stop for the regional bus routes, many of the city’s services and amenities.[1]

Unfortunately, the building is now in desperate need of repair and renovation. Partners for the Common Good joined with the National Housing Trust Community Development Fund to provide $425,000 of an $850,000 loan to the Somerset... Read more here.