SOURCE: Community Reinvestment Fund, USA

Community Reinvestment Fund, USA

February 23, 2012 16:37 ET

Community Reinvestment Fund, USA Helps Spur Economic Recovery With $75 Million New Markets Tax Credit Allocation

CRF Receives $75 Million in Total Allocations That It Will Use to Fund Loans for Operating Businesses in Economically Disadvantaged Areas

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - Feb 23, 2012) - Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF), a Minneapolis-based national non-profit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), today announced it received $75 million in federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) funds. CRF uses NMTCs to fund loans to help spur job and economic growth and fund operating businesses located in low-income communities across the country.

CRF is one of 70 organizations participating in the ninth round of NMTC funding. Since the program's inception, CRF has received a total of $749.5 million in NMTC allocations, making CRF one of the nation's largest NMTC allocatees focused solely on business financing.

"This allocation will allow us to provide much-needed capital to businesses in low-income communities," said Frank Altman, CRF president and chief executive officer. "Our ultimate goal is to help low-income communities succeed and add much-needed jobs."

The NMTC program is aimed at stimulating private investment in low-income communities by providing tax credits to investors who make qualified equity investments in privately managed community development entities (CDEs). By making an equity investment in an eligible CDE, investors can receive tax credits worth more than 35 percent of the amount invested.

The CDE must then use these investments to provide capital for low-income communities, help finance community development projects, stimulate economic growth and create jobs. Industry estimates show that for every $1 gained by NMTCs, award recipients are able to leverage an average of $21 in additional investment from the private sector.

"The support of the CDFI Fund enables CRF to continue its legacy of responsible financial innovation," Altman said. "With this allocation, we can continue our efforts to spur economic and job growth and positively impact the lives of people in low-income communities," Altman said.

About CRF
Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF), a nonprofit organization and certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), is a national leader in bringing capital to underserved areas. CRF is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. For more information, visit www.crfusa.com.

Contact Information

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    Katelyn Bednarski
    Community Reinvestment Fund, USA
    612-305-2550
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    Maria Verven
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    Community Reinvestment Fund, USA
    801 Nicollet Mall, Suite 1700 West
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
    800 475.3050/612 338.3050 tel
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    www.crfusa.com