CRA Qualified Investment Fund Purchases Its First USDA Rural Development Tribal Loan Maniilaq Association, representing twelve federally-recognized tribes, provides health and social services to residents of Northwest Alaska
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Community Capital Management, Inc., on behalf of its flagship fund - the CRA Qualified Investment Fund CRA Shares (Ticker: CRAIX), announced today that it purchased its first United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) rural development loan to Maniilaq Association. Maniilaq manages social and health services for approximately 6,500 people within the Northwest Arctic Borough and the village of Point Hope, Alaska. The Association also coordinates tribal and traditional assistance programs, and environmental and subsistence protection services. It employs around 550 in its workforce making it the largest employer in the region.
"We are very excited to have purchased our first USDA rural development loan to a tribal organization," said Community Capital's senior portfolio manager Barbara VanScoy. "We continuously research new and innovative community development issues and believe this is a space with tremendous positive impact."
The Maniilaq Association manages and maintains all of its medical, clinical, and nursing services, including the eleven village clinics and the 88,000 square foot Maniilaq Health Center. The Health Center is a state-of-the-art, top quality primary care medical facility. It houses an emergency room, with local and medivac support for accident/trauma victims, as well as an ambulatory care clinic, dental and eye care clinics, a pharmacy, a specialty clinic, and an inpatient wing with 24 beds for recovering patients. The nearest health care facility that offers comparable services is over 600 miles away.
The loan to Maniilaq Association is through the USDA Rural Development Business & Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program. The purpose of the B&I Program is to improve, develop, or finance business, industry, and employment and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities. Borrowers must be engaged in or proposing to engage in a business that will: provide employment; improve the economic or environmental climate; promote the conservation, development, and use of water for aquaculture; or reduce reliance on nonrenewable energy resources by encouraging the development and construction of solar energy systems and other renewable energy systems.
B&I loans are typically available in rural areas, which include all areas other than cities or towns of more than 50,000 people and the contiguous and adjacent urbanized areas of such cities or towns. Maniilaq Association is located in Kotzebue, Alaska, in a census tract designated as "underserved or distressed" and "medically underserved (MUA)". Its population was 3,201 as of the 2010 census.
"The loan to Maniilaq Association is extremely important as it helps the community strengthen their economy, provide better quality of life to its residents, and support vital jobs," said Alyssa Greenspan, chief operating officer at Community Capital. "The Fund's purchase of this loan will help support the cultural and traditional needs of the Maniilaq tribal members."
Since the CRA Qualified Investment Fund's inception in 1999, it has invested approximately $4 billion in community investments on behalf of its shareholders. As of June 30, 2012, the average annual total returns for the CRA Qualified Investment Fund CRA Shares for 1-year, 5-year, 10-year and since inception (August 30, 1999) were 6.66%, 5.62%, 4.75% and 5.28%, respectively.
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