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Greystone Provides Fannie Mae Financing for Multifamily Property in Washington, DC through HAND Housing Equity in Action Partnership

Thursday, 11 August 2022 10:15 AM

Greystone & Co

NEW YORK, NY and WASHINGTON, DC / ACCESSWIRE / August 11, 2022 / Greystone, a leading national commercial real estate finance company, has provided a $900,000 Fannie Mae loan to refinance a multifamily property in Washington, DC, through the Equity in Action initiative launched by The Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND), the Washington Region's premier member association advocating for affordable housing production and preservation. The financing was originated by Alicia Cotton-Doney, Senior Managing Director at Greystone, on behalf of The Ayesha M. Johnson Revocable Trust.

Greystone & Co, Thursday, August 11, 2022, Press release picture

Greystone and HAND launched Equity in Action in 2021 to increase access to working capital for BIPOC real estate developers who face challenges to capital access, asset-based wealth generation, and economic mobility. HAND members gain direct access to advisory and financing solutions for affordable housing construction, refinancing, recapitalization and acquisition, including access to Greystone's #1 ranked FHA lending platform.

Built in 1974 and acquired in 2005, 4905 Nash in the District of Columbia's Deanwood neighborhood, is a mid-rise building consisting of 12 units. The non-recourse, fixed-rate $900,000 Fannie Mae loan carries a 10-year term and 30-year amortization period, as well as three years of interest-only payments and a 54% loan-to-value (LTV). In addition to refinancing, loan proceeds enable the borrower to continue to operate the property and monetize a portion of their equity.

"For decades, advocates have pointed to patterns of discrimination in the lending sector that have perpetuated barriers for BIPOC developers to access the capital they need to execute on their plans for creating affordable housing," said Heather Raspberry, Executive Director, HAND. "Equity in Action is disrupting this system while ensuring BIPOC developers and their future residents are provided real opportunities to thrive."

"We are thrilled to leverage our extensive multifamily lending platform and expertise to secure the right financing for our client," said Ms. Cotton-Doney. "Greystone is deeply committed to making quality housing accessible to all communities. It's our hope that other BIPOC commercial borrowers will draw on the resources available through the Equity in Action program to help address the housing crisis in Washington, DC."

Greystone & Co, Thursday, August 11, 2022, Press release picture
Kenya Pleasant (Greystone), Ayesha Johnson, Alicia Cotton-Doney (Greystone)

"Thanks to Heather Raspberry and the impactful work of HAND, I began a journey with Greystone as my lending partner. Closing on this transaction is the culmination of a collaborative effort and focused intentions," said Ms. Ayesha Johnson, principal of the borrower. "Alicia and the rest of the Greystone team were both supportive of and responsive to my specific needs and as a result, the current and future residents at this property will benefit for years to come. HAND and Greystone together have given us access to the knowledge and capital that enables us to maintain livable spaces as well as improve and beautify our community, one building at a time."

About Greystone

Greystone is a private national commercial real estate finance company with an established reputation as a leader in multifamily and healthcare finance, having ranked as a top FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac lender in these sectors. Loans are offered through Greystone Servicing Company LLC, Greystone Funding Company LLC and/or other Greystone affiliates. For more information, visit

About HAND

Founded in 1991, HAND is a nonprofit membership association comprised of over 450 organizations working across the private, public and nonprofit sectors to collaborate in the production and preservation of affordable housing in the Capital Region of Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond. Through education, engagement and regional advocacy, HAND builds the capacity of its diverse membership to support the development of sustainable communities for individuals and families at all income levels. Visit to learn more about HAND's efforts to build vibrant communities across the metropolitan region.


Karen Marotta
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SOURCE: Greystone & Co

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