Commercial Real Estate
More Than Housing: How We’re Supporting Distressed Communities
Through the New Markets Tax Credit Program, JPMorgan Chase invests in community facilities and businesses that range from health clinics to children’s music programs.
The United States’ affordable housing crisis makes headlines, but low-income neighborhoods need more than homes to thrive. Access to healthcare, childcare, healthy food and well-paying jobs are also essential.
To attract these critical elements to distressed communities, the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program provides federal tax credits to private investors that set up operations in these areas.
JPMorgan Chase works with Community Development Entities (CDEs) investing in community facility projects as well as for-profit, job-generating businesses to provide:
- Tax credit equity
- Asset management
- Full-service construction management
- Bridge lending
- Liquidity for leverage loans
Since the program’s inception two decades ago, we’ve invested $2.4 billion of NMTC equity to help support more than 514 projects for underserved communities. The projects cover a broad range of structures and include:
ACH Child and Family Services
Founded in 1915, ACH Child and Family Services (formerly All Church Home for Children) works to prevent and address abuse, neglect and family separation through services that range from counseling to transitional housing for children and adults. NMTC financing helped ACH renovate its main campus in Fort Worth, Texas, adding a dining hall and space for staff. The nonprofit also consolidated its residential foster youth therapy services into a single location and expanded its programming.
Lawndale Christian Health Center
Lawndale Christian Health Center provides behavioral health, internal medicine and other healthcare services across several campuses on Chicago’s West Side. Our NMTC investment helped the community healthcare provider convert four commercial properties near its main clinic into an urgent care center, senior day program center and greenhouse. The greenhouse includes a 50,000-gallon aquaponics system, commercial and teaching kitchen, and year-round indoor market.
Meals on Wheels San Francisco
In the past decade, Meals on Wheels San Francisco tripled the number of meals it delivers to homebound seniors. To meet the growing need for meals, the nonprofit used NMTC equity from JPMorgan Chase to construct a new, state-of-the-art facility featuring equipment designed to cook and immediately chill food in bulk, as well as rooftop solar panels. The space also includes a test kitchen that uses seasonal ingredients to create new medically tailored recipes.
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Philadelphia Region
JPMorgan Chase’s NMTC equity investment helped finance the expansion of the Ronald McDonald House Charities property in West Philadelphia’s University City. The space grew from 45 to more than 100 bedrooms, including protected-patient suites, family bedrooms and fully wheelchair-accessible guest rooms. Other upgrades include a cooking and dining center, indoor and outdoor play areas, and a rooftop garden.
Youth Orchestra Los Angeles
Our relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic helped transform an existing building into a music education venue and hub for Youth Orchestra Los Angeles. The initiative serves low-income youth from Inglewood and the City of Los Angeles, providing them with instruments, music instruction, academic support and leadership training. The new center will expand the program’s reach and create living-wage jobs for local residents.