The social bond that found an affordable house for mum-to-be Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn McRae found an affordable home through Argyle Housing which is partly funded via Regnan’s Credit Impact Trust. Pic: Argyle Housing
WHEN Kaitlyn McRae fell pregnant she didn’t think she could afford to raise her child in a nice house.
Then the 20-year-old came across Argyle Housing, which develops affordable housing for Australians on low-to-moderate incomes.
One of Australia’s most experienced Tier 1 Community Housing Providers, Argyle Housing in Kooringal is partly funded by investors in Regnan’s Credit Impact Trust.
“When I began searching for a place of my own to start my little family of two, I wasn’t sure what I was looking for until I came across a place in [western Sydney suburb] Glenfield, which was operated by Argyle Housing,” Kaitlyn says.
“It had already been leased — but they had this beautiful property in [Wagga Wagga suburb] Kooringal which was brand new.
“When I arrived, I thought to myself ‘wow’ I never would have thought moving out for the first time at the age of 20, that I would even have a chance to live somewhere as nice as this.
“Now I wake up every day loving where I live, how quiet the area is, having the perfect sized home for me and my bub who is due in January.”
Social bonds provide low-cost loans for community housing
Argyle Housing — which supports 4500 tenants in 2700 properties across NSW and the ACT — is partly funded by low-cost loans from the federal government’s affordable housing organisation, the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC).
“Hearing the positive outcomes of housing young mums, makes me really proud of the work we have done in creating new affordable housing in Wagga Wagga with the support of NHFIC funding,” says Wendy Middleton, CEO of Argyle Housing.
NHFIC raises money (so far more than $1.2 billion) by issuing bonds to investors such as Regnan.
Regnan is a global fund manager specialising in “impact investment” strategies that offer attractive returns while also making a positive impact in the community.
Regnan’s Credit Impact Trust — distributed by Pendal in Australia — invests in a range of green and social bonds including those issued by NHFIC.
NHFIC offers community housing providers lower interest rates at better terms than banks, saving tens of millions of dollars — while providing attractive returns to investors.
“NHFIC is very important for financing, because it’s possibly as low a cost for borrowing you could ever achieve — and it’s performed very well,” says Wendy Hayhurst, chief executive of the Community Housing Industry Association.
“It’s performed very well because it’s got a government guarantee.”
Demand for NHFIC bonds looks set to grow because Australia will need up to a million community housing homes by 2036, Ms Hayhurst says.
To fund demand, the community housing sector will need to quadruple in size, she says.
Community Housing Providers are “the most cost-effective way of solving this problem because we don’t need 100 per cent subsidy,” she says. “We can go out and borrow to cover some of the costs of construction using NHFIC.”
That’s a win for community housing providers, Regnan investors and for Kaitlyn and her soon-to-be-born bub.
“I honestly couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful home or easy process to jump start my future,” she says.
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Regnan thanks Argyle Housing for their co-operation in producing this article. Argyle Housing’s vision is to deliver quality housing options and connections to the community. Find out more about Argyle Housing here.
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