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Minnesota Equity Fund (MEF) provides investors a competitive economic return and the social return of helping create safe, decent, and energy efficient affordable housing.

MEF invests in new construction, acquisition/rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse of historic buildings to create affordable housing.

MEF offers two strategies for placing investor equity: multi-investor funds and proprietary funds. Funds are managed by MEF’s joint venture partner, Cinnaire. Current investors include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, and insurance companies.

The fund syndicates two kinds of tax credits: Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and state and federal Historic Tax Credits. Typical investor benefits include the following:

  • Investors receive a dollar-for-dollar reduction in their federal income tax liability.
  • Investors have the opportunity to benefit from tax losses generated by affordable housing real estate developments.
  • Bank investors can receive positive consideration toward their rating under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).
  • LIHTC assets have been consistently stable and high performing among peer real estate classes.

MEF is a joint venture with Cinnaire, a community development financial partner with a proven track record of investment management, underwriting, asset management, and SEC, HUD, and IRS compliance.

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About Minnesota Equity Fund

Minnesota Equity Fund (MEF) is a subsidiary of Greater Minnesota Housing Fund (GMHF). MEF and Cinnaire are joint venture partners collaborating to achieve our common mission to create more high quality affordable housing.

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Our Joint Venture Team

Greater Minnesota Housing Fund

AERIS RATED AAA +2FHLB Des MoinesGMHF is AERIS-rated and a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.

Staff Contact

Sonja Simonsen
Director of Syndication
ssimonsen@gmhf.com
651.221.1997 x120

Warren W. Hanson
President & CEO, GMHF & MEF
whanson@gmhf.com
651.221.1997 x107

General Contact

Minnesota Equity Fund
c/o Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
332 Minnesota Street
Suite 1201-East
Saint Paul, MN 55101