Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta Awards $1.3 Million for Affordable Housing in North Carolina

ATLANTA, Dec. 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) announced today that it will award $1.3 million to assist in funding five affordable housing developments in North Carolina. The funding is part of $13.6 million that FHLBank Atlanta will award in 10 states and the District of Columbia to create or preserve 2,265 units of affordable rental and ownership housing.

FHLBank Atlanta will award the funds as part of its 2012 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) offering. The projects represent over $271 million in total housing development. For every one dollar in AHP funding, another twenty dollars of development was leveraged under the FHLBank Atlanta 2012 AHP.

Local for-profit and nonprofit developers, in partnership with FHLBank Atlanta member institutions, will use the funding to build and repair 313 affordable rental and homeownership units in the cities of Asheville, Charlotte, Lexington and Swannanoa.

"Over the past two decades, FHLBank Atlanta's AHP funding has enabled our members and their customers to respond to the housing and economic needs of their communities," said Arthur Fleming, FHLBank Atlanta Senior Vice President and Director of Community Investment Services. "These funds strengthen local economies by serving as a catalyst for revitalizing neighborhoods, creating jobs and supporting economic development."

AHP is a competitive funding program that helps develop owner-occupied and rental housing for very low-, low-, and moderate-income families. FHLBank Atlanta awards the funds annually to member financial institutions and their community housing partners. AHP is a component of FHLBank Atlanta's affordable housing, economic development, and down-payment assistance initiatives. For the complete list of AHP winners, visit www.fhlbatl.com/ahpawards.

About the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta

FHLBank Atlanta offers competitively-priced financing, community development grants, and other banking services to help member financial institutions make affordable home mortgages and provide economic development credit to neighborhoods and communities. The Bank's members—its shareholders and customers—are commercial banks, credit unions, savings institutions, community development financial institutions, and insurance companies located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. FHLBank Atlanta is one of 12 district banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, which since 1990 has contributed more than $4.6 billion to the Affordable Housing Program.

North Carolina 2012 AHP Winners

City Project Name Member Sponsor Award Total Units
Asheville Western Carolina Rescue Ministries Branch Banking and Trust Company Western Carolina Rescue Ministries $460,150 90
Asheville Carney Place Phase III HomeTrust Bank Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. $40,000 4
Charlotte Heritage Park (f/n/a Sandlewood Apartments) Branch Banking and Trust Company The Banyan Foundation, Inc. $500,000 151
Lexington Hilltop Terrace Branch Banking and Trust Company Community Housing Partners
$245,600 63
Swannanoa Swannanoa Phase I HomeTrust Bank Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. $50,000 5

CONTACT: Sharon Cook Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta scook@fhlbatl.com (404) 888-8173Source:Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta