Community Development Banking FAQs
Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about our community development banking business.
What is Chase Community Development Banking?
Our Community Development Banking business is proud to support vibrant and diverse neighborhoods like yours by providing loans, investments and services for low- and moderate-income households and communities across the US.
Our bankers have experience with a wide variety of financing structures. Please contact us through the form below to discuss your specific project.
Our Community Development Banking insights page has several resources on these topics; your banker can provide additional resources.
We have experience with a large number of syndicators, including proprietary or multi-investor funds.
Yes, our Tax Oriented Investments group, which sits within the Corporate & Investment Bank, invests LIHTC equity through syndicators as an upper-tier investor.
Loans and Terms
Yes, in some instances, subject to certain limits regarding commercial income underwriting and leasing requirements. Please contact us through the form below to discuss.
Yes, in some instances. Please contact us through the form below to discuss.
Yes. Please contact us through the form below to discuss.
No. However, we do have maximum exposure limits for sponsors/guarantors.
We do not currently lend to for-sale projects. Please contact us to discuss.
We aim to deliver certainty of execution and the strength of the entire JPMorgan Chase firm. We finance projects of a wide variety of sizes—from small, mission-driven transactions to very large and complex ones—in support of JPMorgan Chase’s Community Reinvestment Act and Corporate Responsibility objectives.
Community Development Banking includes Community Development Real Estate Lending, Intermediaries Lending, New Markets Tax Credit and Historic Tax Credit. Our team of over 70 people includes bankers, underwriters and managers. We’re organized into Central, Northeast and West regions, with offices in:
- Los Angeles
- New York City
- San Francisco
- Washington, DC
Though we largely focus our efforts on communities served by a Chase retail presence, we support our clients across the country, lending to community development projects in low- and moderate-income communities.
Global Philanthropy and Community Development Banking regularly discuss and align on JPMorgan Chase’s Community Reinvestment Act and Corporate Responsibility objectives. We work hand in hand to make an impact in local communities, and are proud to use our resources to give back.
New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC)
Yes, all three. The majority of our NMTC team’s focus is on tax credit investing in the NMTC program. The rest is spent as an allocatee, receiving NMTC awards and supporting projects in highly distressed low-income communities. Our team also works with other lines of business from across Chase that need debt for their NMTC projects.
Chase often uses our NMTC allocation to help fill the gaps in projects we’re working on with other NMTC allocatees or Community Development Entities (CDEs). By providing our NMTC allocation to projects we are working on with other CDEs, we can efficiently help fill the financing needs of projects often without any additional transaction closing costs.
Chase New Markets Corporation (CNMC) has received $680 million of NMTC allocation since the program’s inception. Our proprietary NMTC allocation is in high demand, and we use our allocation thoughtfully and strategically. Please contact us to discuss.
Historic Tax Credit (HTC)
Yes, Community Development Banking makes direct investments into HTC projects. Our HTC team works directly with developers to evaluate, structure and close the tax credit investment. Our team then directly works with the developer team throughout the construction period to fund additional equity installments, and post-completion (through the five-year compliance period) to collect financial performance information and receive cash flow returns on the investment.
The most common asset in our HTC portfolio is multifamily housing. We will consider any type of asset, but will need to gain comfort with project viability and returns during our real estate underwriting process in order to proceed.
The Community Development Banking team at Chase works directly with project sponsors (developers) to understand and structure the HTC investment. Our team also seeks to deepen our relationship with developers by offering treasury solutions, loans and other bank products that support our real estate clients.
While we prioritize investments in CRA-qualified projects, we will also invest in projects that haven’t qualified for CRA.
Community Development Banking works with many of the nation’s CDFIs through its Intermediaries Lending team, NMTC investment activities and affordable housing lending. Our Intermediaries Lending team provides core liquidity and revolving and non-revolving debt facilities along with treasury products for CDFIs. The CDFIs we work with are generally the larger national and regional CDFIs and are principally nondepository loan funds; they have strong portfolio management track records and lending histories, a proven ability to navigate economic cycles and rigorous, defined risk, underwriting and portfolio management policies and practices. For the larger CDFI relationships, Intermediaries Lending has also developed a strong relationship with JPMorgan Chase’s Public Finance team to assist CDFIs that seek to access the public bond markets.
We seek to develop and maintain broad relationships with our CDFI partners. Principal products include:
- Secured and unsecured lines of credit
- Term financing
- Bilateral and syndicated credit facilities
- Financing to structured, specialized loan funds
While we have no minimum loan size, loans are typically at or above $5 million. Loan terms are generally two to three years and up to five years, though in some cases loans may extend beyond this.
Financing is primarily offered on a floating-rate basis but fixed-rate options may be available.
Beyond our work with CDFIs, Intermediaries Lending offers lending and other banking products, principally deposit and treasury services products, to LIHTC syndicators.
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