BERKADIA AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Waves of Change

The Women’s Affordable Housing Network is ushering in 2023 with expanded reach — and influence.

It all started as a lunch between two industry friends. Now, it’s a massive, change-making network spanning a dozen states and counting.

The Women’s Affordable Housing Network—or WAHN, as most call it—has seen explosive growth in recent years, morphing from an Atlanta-based twosome in 2007 into the nationwide, 1,000-plus-member version it is today.

And that’s just the start of it. If you talk to president Ashley Northcutt, it’s clear WAHN is in a major growth phase. The group will expand to 15 new states in the new year (a self-imposed limit so leaders can give each new chapter the proper attention) and has been sought out for countless conventions. It’s even gearing up for its own conference a few years down the road.   READ FULL ARTICLE –>

Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation

 

Our friends over at Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation suffered a loss over the holiday weekend. Eight families were impacted by a fire and lost everything. Rainbow has asked for help from the community to provide food, clothing, and household goods. We here at WAHN are asking our members and the affordable housing community at large to consider donating to help these families get a fresh start. And if you’re not able to donate, please share so that others might.

WAHN Active Ally Award

We lost a beloved ally recently, and in his honor, WAHN created the James Cromartie Active Ally Award.   This award ecognizes allies in the Affordable Housing industry who uphold the ideals James’ embodied throughout his life.  His wife Jill created a video to describe more about James, and you can check it out here: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6985645316112875521

Male ally nominees must show a demonstrated commitment to making the workplace more equitable, dedication to ongoing learning, and courageous action (e.g. calling out bias, creating space for women, and recognizing their own privilege).  To nominate an Ally, email us at contact@womensaffordablehousingnetwork.org

The Women’s Affordable Network is thrilled to announce our first ACTIVE ALLY award winner, Kent Neumann, Founding Member of Tiber Hudson. Several WAHN Women nominated Kent for his contribution to ensuring equity for all in the workplace and upholding the values and ideals that James Cromartie embodied during his lifetime. Please join us in congratulating Kent!

WAHN Membership Spotlight

The Women’s Affordable Housing Network recognizes our members in a new initiative to highlight the women leading the charge in the Affordable Housing industry.

We have an amazing group of members doing some pretty cool things in our community and we would like to give you a shot-out!

Would you like to nominate someone your yourself (because you know you’re awesome)? EMAIL US and let us know the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY 🙂

Today’s member spotlight is Amy Broadwater.  She is the Director of Finance at Sugar Creek Capital.

Prior to joining Sugar Creek in 2020, Amy was a tax partner at the accounting firm, RubinBrown LLP. While at RubinBrown, she provided tax and consulting services for real estate transactions involving tax credit incentives, including low-income housing tax credits, historic rehabilitation credits, New Markets tax credits, and renewable energy tax credits. She also helped lead the effort to open RubinBrown’s Nashville office. Amy received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Grove City College, and she received a Master of Accountancy degree from Truman State University. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Missouri and a member of the Missouri Society of CPAs. Amy is the current Secretary/Treasurer of The Housing Fund in Nashville, TN, which is a regional leader in affordable housing and community development initiatives. She is also currently serving on the finance committee for Food Outreach in St. Louis, MO, which provides nutritional support and enhances the quality of life for individuals living with HIV/AIDs or cancer.

 

Q&A with Amy Broadwater

Q1: Current Position & Responsibilites?
A: I am currently the Director of Finance/CFO-in-waiting with Sugar Creek Capital.  I love my position because it’s a mixture of responsibilities.  I get to work with our internal accounting team on reporting for our entities.  I get to work with our acquisitions team to help make introductions/enhance business relationships based on the network that I have from my 20 years in the LIHTC industry.  I also get to assist our underwriting team with help on financial questions and with the preparation/review of financial projections.  Tax planning is another key part of my position.  I’ve even helped our property management team with a compliance issue or two. 

Q2: How long have you been in this position and what influenced your decision to change positions in the industry?
A: I have been in this role for just over a year.  Prior to joining Sugar Creek, I was a partner with RubinBrown.  I worked for RubinBrown in their real estate group for almost 19 years.  I was in RubinBrown’s St. Louis office for the majority of that time, but I did help start RubinBrown’s Nashville office in 2015.

During the pandemic, I was by myself in Nashville, and I really missed my family, who were back in St. Louis.  Then, out of the blue, the opportunity with Sugar Creek Capital, who is a long time RubinBrown client, came to me.  It was a hard decision to leave RubinBrown, but it has been the right one for me.  Sugar Creek is a well-respected state tax credit syndicator, and I love that Sugar Creek has a more direct role of bringing low-income housing tax credit properties to fruition.  I have to say that I am so grateful to be back in St. Louis with my family and working for a great company, but the best part of my new position just may be no more keeping track of my time! 

Q3: How long have you been involved with WAHN? 
A: My involvement with WAHN is just beginning.  I was able to meet with Ashley and Millie while I was at the Georgia Affordable Housing Conference in September.  With their energy and excitement, how can you not want to be a part of WAHN?!

Q4: Why did you join WAHN? 
A: Over the past few years, I have attended many women’s events in our industry.  These events have had a big impact on me.  I have learned something from every event and speaker, and I have appreciated the networking opportunities.  Joining WAHN will allow me to continue learning and networking, but it will also give me the chance to give back to the industry I love.

Q5: What is your number one hope for being in this organization? 
A: I would love to start a Missouri chapter that will allow industry veterans to share their experiences and will help to recruit and grow the number of women in the affordable housing industry.

Q6: What are the critical changes or issues that need to be addressed to continue to expand or improve the affordable housing program?
A: In my opinion, the biggest impact would be the passing of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act.  A couple of key provisions, the expansion of the 9% credit and the lowering the tax-exempt bond test from 50% to 25%, would allow for the production or preservation of over 1 million additional affordable homes over the next decade.  The past 18 months have put a spotlight on how important affordable housing is, and we need the supply of affordable homes to increase significantly.  I think that this bill helps to get us part of way there.

Q7: What is your biggest professional accomplishment?
A: So far, my biggest professional accomplishment was taking the risk to open RubinBrown’s Nashville office.  I was on the ground by myself for about 2 ½ years before adding people to the Nashville team.  It forced me way out of my comfort zone, but I can definitely look back on my time in Nashville with pride.  It was a really rewarding experience.

Q8: In terms of networking, who are key people for you to meet with in the industry? (Not names but key types of introductions)
A: Key types of introductions for me would be developers, especially those working in states with state tax credits.  But, the LIHTC industry is such a small one, it seems that any introduction could be a key one.

Q9: What is a fun fact about you?
A: I am a proud mom to a now one-year old mini goldendoodle named Finnegan. 

WAHN Project Spotlight

Who of our members are moving & shaking our community with new projects, development & creating more places for affordable housing to exist!

Would you like to nominate a project and or development (and or something you’re working on)?  EMAIL US and let us know the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY 🙂

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