Investing in quality affordable housing for Detroiters


 ahlf PRE-Application

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The Affordable Housing Leverage Fund (AHLF) is a partnership between Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the City of Detroit Housing & Revitalization Department (HRD), and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to provide affordable housing developers and owners with streamlined access to financial tools that are specifically designed to address housing challenges in Detroit neighborhoods.

AHLF encourages the preservation of regulated and naturally occurring affordable housing throughout the City of Detroit and the development of new mixed-income and affordable housing in targeted multi-family housing areas. AHLF is expected to contribute to the goal of preserving 10,000 units of existing affordable housing and the development of 2,000 units of new affordable housing.

AHLF will primarily finance affordable multi-family rental housing; however for-sale and single family projects will be considered. AHLF will invest in housing that is affordable to households at or below 60% Area Median Income (with consideration of households up to 80% AMI for for-sale projects). Recognizing that housing cost burdens are a particularly acute challenge for Detroit residents at the lower end of the income spectrum, AHLF will seek to invest in a significant number of homes that are available to households below 50% and 30% of AMI as well as permanent supportive housing. 



AHLF is an umbrella for three coordinated funds that are deployed together through a common application and review process. Detroit LISC manages the application and preliminary underwriting processes on behalf of the AHLF partnership and will manage the award and underwriting of low-interest loans, philanthropically-backed soft debt, and capital needs assessment grants. The City of Detroit will manage the award and underwriting of Federal and local sources of soft debt, and MSHDA will manage the award and underwriting of low-interest tax-exempt bond loans and gap financing.

AHLF will include a variety of product types:

To learn more, please review the Frequently Asked Questions about the Fund



AHLF is made possible by the generous support from the following donors:

American Axle

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Fifth Third Foundation

Flagstar Bank

Ford Motor Company Fund

Huntington Bank

JPMorgan Chase

Penske Corporation

TCF/Chemical Bank



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