Mel Trotter Ministries Creating New Opportunities in Grand Rapids
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2023
Michigan Community Capital invests New Markets Tax Credits into multi-site development
LANSING, Mich. – Mel Trotter Ministries (MTM) and its subsidiary, Next Step of West Michigan, have been selected to receive New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) from Michigan Community Capital (MCC), Chase, Consortium America, and Cinnaire. The tax credits will support a multi-site development which includes two buildings at the Next Step campus on Garden Street SE in Grand Rapids, as well as renovations at the MTM mission.
Mel Trotter will receive nearly $5.7 million toward its project goal to build a new 15,000-square-foot manufacturing training center in conjunction with a local manufacturer, as well as expand the existing training center and add workforce development apartments.
“We are extremely grateful for the assistance from MCC,” said Gordon Oosting, chief financial officer of Mel Trotter Ministries. “We often say that we cannot do this work alone, and this is one more testament to what can happen through muti-pronged involvement. The New Markets Tax Credits provide an important source of funds for investment in the areas we are serving.”
The project will help people living in poverty achieve economic stability through access to employment and complementary resources. The new 15,000-square-foot manufacturing facility will be located at 130 Garden Street SE in Grand Rapids. It will be utilized for construction and workforce development training. A section of the building will be leased to Jireh Metal Products, a minority-owned tier one supplier to furniture, automotive and hardware industries. It will include a job training program that will operate in conjunction with Next Step’s workforce development program. A two-story, 20,000-square-foot building, located at 101 Garden Street SE, will be renovated into a mixed-use facility with 10 transitional workforce housing units on the upper floor, and space on the first floor for Next Step of West Michigan’s skilled job training program, construction employment offices and community space.
MCC’s NMTC allocation also supported the recently completed renovation of Mel Trotter’s existing 47,000-square-foot facility located at 225 Commerce Avenue SW. The renovation and expansion of the mission includes 116 units of transitional housing, 400 emergency shelter beds with guest common areas, and dedicated space for supportive services to guests including a variety of healthcare services and social services.
“We are pleased to support Mel Trotter Ministries in expanding their footprint and vital services in Grand Rapids,” said Eric Hanna, president and CEO at Michigan Community Capital. “This is an exciting project because it not only supports Mel Trotter’s work meeting the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness, but it also supports the transition out of poverty through job training and employment.”
Michigan Community Capital has allocated $8 million in New Markets Tax Credits to this project. Chase provided a $2 million NMTC allocation and is the NMTC equity investor for the project. These NMTC allocations, along with allocations from Consortium and Cinnaire, have provided a net benefit to Mel Trotter of approximately $5.7 million.
“We’re proud to support Mel Trotter Ministries and Next Step with an NMTC equity investment that will provide many essential services to the Grand Rapids community including quality jobs and job training, stable housing, and afterschool services to children in the area,” said En Jung Kim, managing director, Chase Community Development Banking. “Through our NMTC platform, we remain committed to using this impactful financing tool to support continued investment and economic development across Michigan and the US.”
Consortium America 100, LLC provided $8 million in NMTC allocation to the project.
“The Mel Trotter Ministries and Next Step project will have a tremendous impact in the Grand Rapids community, and Consortium America is thrilled to be a part of it,” said a representative from Consortium America. “During our almost 20-year involvement in the NMTC program, providing investment to distressed communities across the United States, this project really stands out due to the level of services offered and the path it provides to its program participants to escape the cycle of poverty.”
Cinnaire provided a $5-million NMTC allocation to the project.
“This multi-site development reflects the alchemy possible when mission-driven partners join forces to create extraordinary opportunities for vulnerable communities,” said Cinnaire Senior Vice President, Public Funding, Peter Giles. “Cinnaire’s NMTC investments are focused on transformative projects supporting equitable communities. This project will provide housing stability while expanding economic opportunities through job training and employment, critical components to putting those who need us most on the path towards a better future. Cinnaire is proud to join our CDFI partners to support Mel Trotter Ministries as they embark on this impactful journey.”
For more information on Mel Trotter Ministries visit meltrotter.org
About Michigan Community Capital
Michigan Community Capital (MCC) is a non-profit diversified public-private partnership that supports the missions of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) by aggregating capital and facilitating the financing and development of low-income and attainable housing, and the redevelopment of complex brownfield sites within the State of Michigan. MCC is a U.S. Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and the only Community Development Entity (CDE) that deploys this resource solely throughout the entire State of Michigan. Over its 16-year history, MCC has supported over $1 billion in project financing, successfully attracted $320 million in federal New Markets Tax Credits, and helped to create over 750 housing units and 1.3 million square feet of commercial, retail and industrial space to facilitate job creation and expansion. MCC provides products in four key pillars: housing equity, bridge and gap lending, New Markets Tax Credits, and property insurance for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects.