FHLBank Atlanta Announces Winners of More Than $1 Million of Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Grants in Maryland

Communities to Benefit Include Prince Frederick, Baltimore, and Hagerstown

ATLANTA, Feb. 12, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) will award $1,028,277 in grants and subsidized loans to three housing projects that will provide 268 units of affordable housing in Maryland.

FHLBank Atlanta awards the highly competitive grants to housing organizations that apply for funds through financial institutions that are members of the FHLBank of Atlanta. These grants are made available to communities through the Bank's Affordable Housing Program (AHP), which was established by the U.S. Congress and since 1990 has contributed more than $242 million to address affordable housing needs in the South.

"The Affordable Housing Program is one of the most important financial resources in the country for developing affordable housing," said Raymond Christman, FHLBank Atlanta president and chief executive officer. "Demand for the funds continues to outstrip capacity, though we are excited about the innovative ways developers and lenders are leveraging AHP grants to address a range of critical affordable housing needs."

Individual grants combined with low-cost loans will be made in the following Maryland communities:

  - Prince Frederick - A partnership between Community Bank of
    Tri-County and Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action
    Committee, Inc., will use $760,000 in grants and subsidized loans
    to construct 76 rental town homes for very low-income families.

  - Baltimore - A partnership between Susquehanna Bank and Govans
    Ecumenical Development Corporation will use $220,000 in grants to
    build a 109-unit affordable, independent living residence for the

  - Hagerstown - A partnership between Hagerstown Trust Company and
    THACH will use $400,000 in grants for the revitalization of 83
    rental units in a former public housing community.

Awards announced today are part of nearly $30 million in Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grants the Bank awarded in 2003. Since 1990, FHLBank Atlanta has used the AHP grants to help provide more than 45,000 homeownership and rental units for very low- to moderate-income families as well as down-payment assistance to nearly 4,000 families.

AHP is a competitive grant program that helps develop low-income, single-family and multifamily housing. Awards are granted twice a year to member financial institutions and their community-based housing partners. For a complete list of 2003 award winners and details about individual projects, please visit: www.fhlbatl.com/ahpwinners

About FHLBank Atlanta

Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta is a $115 billion financial services organization that provides low-cost financing, community development grants, and other banking services to 1,194 financial institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and the District of Columbia. FHLBank Atlanta is one of 12 district banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, which since 1990 has contributed more than $1.7 billion to affordable housing development in the U.S.


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