Tax credit projects take a lot of hard work and a lot of time. When one of our hard-working clients is honored for their hard work, commitment to excellence, and dedication to success, we can’t congratulate them enough.
The Fort Peck Housing Authority (FPHA) of Poplar, Montana, is in the national spotlight after receiving an award from the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (AHTCC) yesterday at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. FHPA’s second Low Income Housing Tax Credit project, Fort Peck Homes II, was honored as this year’s Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award winner.
Pictured from left to right: Tony Alfieri, managing director, tax credit investments, for RBC Capital Markets and first vice president for the AHTCC Board of Directors; DeAnne Youngman, occupancy specialist for Fort Peck Housing Authority; Phil Glynn, vice president for economic development for Travois; and Rena Williams, occupancy supervisor for Fort Peck Housing Authority.
I had the pleasure of attending the award’s ceremony with FPHA staff members DeAnne Youngman, occupancy specialist, and Rena Williams, occupancy supervisor.
“Seeing the results of this great project makes our job worthwhile,” said Rena Williams, FPHA occupancy supervisor. “I think the families are really happy with the homes because they are different.”
The project built 24 new single-family homes on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation to help address the housing needs of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes. FPHA completed the project in 2013.
The project is exceptional because FPHA leveraged private investment and community support to bring high quality, affordable, energy-efficient homes to existing neighborhoods on its rural reservation. Tribal families, who had previously lived in overcrowded and substandard homes, now enjoy safe, energy-efficient housing.
The residents enjoy colorful facades, attached garages with storage space, individual lawns, covered front patios, and paved driveways and walkways. Upon entering the units, they are greeted with tall ceilings, abundant natural light, and hardwood-inspired vinyl flooring. The homes are within walking or biking distance of several major employers, government services, community amenities and public transportation.
We congratulate Fort Peck Housing Authority on a job well done and wish you continued success with the LIHTC program.