Friday, January 16, 2009

Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta Awards $43 Million for Affordable Housing Development

/PRNewswire/ -- Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) announced today that it will award more than $43 million to fund 85 affordable housing projects in ten states.

Local community developers, in partnership with FHLBank Atlanta member institutions, will use $38.6 million of the funds to buy, build, or preserve 4,040 affordable housing units in seven states within its district including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Partnerships in three states (Tennessee, Texas and Louisiana) outside the Bank's district will receive funds totaling $4.4 million to develop 474 housing units.

FHLBank Atlanta has awarded the funds as part of its 2008 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) offering. In addition, the 2008 AHP funds will be combined with other funding sources to develop more than $330 million of affordable housing.

"Now more than ever, the private investment capital provided by our Community Investment Programs stimulates much needed growth in communities by revitalizing neighborhoods, creating jobs, and supporting economic development," President and Chief Executive Officer of FHLBank Atlanta Richard Dorfman said. "AHP funds leverage lending by our member banks and other financial partners during a time when credit availability has been limited. By focusing our resources on preserving existing affordable housing and financing new affordable housing, our aim is to be a critical resource in confronting the housing and economic challenges many communities within our region are facing during these difficult economic times."

FHLBank Atlanta-AHP awards range from $30,000 to $1 million and will be made in the following states in FHLBank Atlanta's district:

-- Alabama ($3,557,941 for 351 units)
-- Florida ($9,247,136 for 666 units)
-- Georgia ($12,430,908 for 1,359 units)
-- Maryland ($1,490,000 for 178 units)
-- North Carolina ($5,885,815 for 541 units)
-- South Carolina ($4,047,116 for 603 units)
-- Virginia ($1,947,810 for 308 units)

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 winners, visit

Some of the statements made in this press release may be "forward-looking statements," which include statements with respect to the Bank's beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, anticipations, assumptions, estimates, intentions, and future performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which may be beyond the Bank's control, and which may cause the Bank's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements may not be realized due to a variety of factors, including: future economic and market conditions; changes in demand for advances or consolidated obligation; changes in interest rates; legislative and regulatory changes; political, national and world events; and adverse developments or events affecting or involving other FHLBanks or the FHLBank System in general. Additional factors that might cause the Bank's results to differ from these forward-looking statements are contained in the Bank's annual and quarterly reports, available on the Bank's website at

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