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SAHLLN Advisory Group

The Sustainability in Affordable Housing Lender Learning Network (SAHLLN) Advisory Group is a subset of SAHLLN member organizations that launched SAHLLN and are now leading its strategic planning and implementation of activities. The Advisory Group includes Community Investment Corporation, Community Preservation Corporation, Elevate Energy, Enterprise Community Partners, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and National Housing Trust.


Community Investment Corporation

Mission: To be a leading force in affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization through innovative financing, programs, and policy leadership.

CIC is a nonprofit CDFI lender that provides financing to buy and rehab affordable, multifamily apartment buildings in the Chicago region. We also offer Property Management Training to help owners and managers better market, manage, and improve affordable rental property, and intervene directly on troubled buildings through the acquisition and sale of vacant buildings to responsible owners.

CIC has financed $1.3 Billion to rehab more than 59,000 rental units, providing affordable housing for more than 147,000 Chicago-area residents.

Contact: Katherine Elmore at [email protected] 


Community Preservation Corporation

Mission: At CPC, we believe that housing is central to transforming underserved neighborhoods into thriving and vibrant communities. That’s why we provide innovative capital solutions, fresh thinking, and a collaborative approach to the often complex challenges that owners and developers of multifamily housing face.

As a leading nonprofit affordable housing and community revitalization finance company, we utilize our deep, strategic relationships with government agencies, local community groups, banks, and other lenders to create customized loan opportunities for our customers.

The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) was launched in 1974 through a joint agreement between the City of New York and its leading commercial banks to restore and rebuild New York’s aging neighborhoods. In the more than 40 years since, we have evolved and expanded our reach to become a consistent source of capital to underserved housing markets throughout New York City and in communities across the state.

CPC has financed more than 170,660 affordable housing units to date. With $9.7 billion in public and private investments, our work has helped revitalize countless neighborhoods and provided quality housing for low-income families, senior citizens, and individuals with disabilities.

Contact: Danielle Donnelly at [email protected]


Elevate Energy

Mission: Help people do more with less energy.

Elevate Energy helps people do more with less energy. We design and implement programs that reduce costs, protect people and the environment, and ensure the benefits of clean and efficient energy use reach those who need them most.

Elevate Energy has over fifteen years of experience in addressing complicated energy and home-safety challenges both in the Chicago region and throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission of smarter energy use for all, the Elevate team works to ensure that the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy reach those who need them most.  Elevate has worked with the affordable housing community to retrofit apartment buildings for energy efficiency, resulting in improvements to more than 31,000 multifamily units nationally. Elevate’s team numbers almost 100 staff members with a broad range of expertise and includes engineers, construction specialists, LEED Accredited Professionals, data analysts, urban planners, energy analysts, project managers, writers, designers, marketing and outreach specialists, accountants, researchers, and other subject matter experts.

Contact: Abigail Corso at [email protected]


Enterprise Community Partners

Mission: To create opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. Over more than 30 years, Enterprise has created nearly 470,000 homes, invested $28.9 billion and touched millions of lives.

A proven and powerful nonprofit, Enterprise improves communities and people’s lives by making well-designed homes affordable.  We bring together nationwide know-how, partners, policy, leadership and investment to multiply the impact of local affordable housing development. 

We make well-designed homes affordable and create communities where people thrive, with connections to resources like health care, schools, jobs and transportation. 

At Enterprise, we bring together the right expertise and know-how to make well-designed homes affordable and change lives.  Because we may have similar goals in life, but not the same opportunities - and where you live affects the life you can have.

We are dedicated to improving and innovating housing solutions around the country. We developed the national standards for greener, healthier communities, and we're continuously researching and sharing key data and lessons learned with our partners so that affordable homes and resources are more effective – and families succeed.

Contact: Esther Toporovsky at [email protected]


 Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Mission: LISC equips struggling communities with the capital, strategy and know-how to become places where people can thrive. 

LISC is one of the largest organizations supporting projects to revitalize communities and bring greater economic opportunity to residents. These include more affordable housing, better schools, safer streets, growing businesses and programs improving the financial stability of people. We provide the capital, strategy and know-how to local partners to get this done. Our work impacts 7 million low-income Americans in both rural areas and urban centers across the country.

In 1979, when the Ford Foundation first conceived of LISC, it envisioned an “intermediary”—a smart and savvy non-profit that would connect hard-to-tap public and private resources with hard-to-reach communities struggling to revive.

We receive our funding from banks, corporations, foundations and government agencies. We, in turn, use that funding to provide financing (loans, grants and equity) and technical and management assistance to local partners and developers. Through our 31 local offices, a rural program that reaches nearly 1,400 counties in 44 states, and LISC-founded affiliates and entities, we work with a vast network of community-based partners to make investments in housing, businesses, jobs, education, safety and health.


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National Housing Trust

Mission: Protect, improve, and maintain existing affordable housing so that low-income families can live in quality neighborhoods with access to opportunities.

The National Housing Trust is the nation’s leading expert in preserving, improving and maintaining affordable housing – ensuring that privately owned rental housing remains in our affordable housing stock and is sustainable over time. Using the tools of real estate development, rehabilitation, finance, policy advocacy in conjunction with sustainable practices, the Trust is responsible for saving more than 36,000 affordable homes in all 50 states, leveraging more than $1.2 billion in financing.

The National Housing Trust is the only national non-profit engaged in housing preservation through public policy advocacy, real estate development, and lending.

We incorporate energy efficient and sustainable practices into everything that we do. From supporting energy efficiency policies, to retrofitting properties with solar panels or energy efficient appliances, we are committed to reducing the energy burden for tenants and protecting the environment along the way.

Contact: Josh Earn at [email protected]