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Empowering the nation’s housing authorities

We assist housing authorities transition to a financially sustainable mixed income housing model that remediates concentrated poverty, increases housing quality and choices, and offers residents of limited means better opportunities. With our depth of experience and a highly successful former housing authority executive director at the helm, we produce results.

Our Mission

To develop mixed income, mixed use sustainable communities that offer equity and opportunity for all residents.

Our Value

Truly partnering with the communities we serve to make them self-sufficient and self-sustaining.

How We Work

Before offering solutions, we work to understand the needs and priorities of the housing authority board and staff, and conduct research and analysis to understand the challenges, needs, goals, and requirements.

Then we rely on the expertise of our team, with a combined ___ years experience, and our partners to make the best use of our tools and systems to deliver the results you are looking for.

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Guided by a dedicated team of industry experts

Jim Harbison

Chief Executive Officer

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Jim Harbison

Chief Executive Officer

Jim is the former Executive Director of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) of Nashville, Tennessee, and a former senior HUD official. In his previous roles, Jim led and managed MDHA’s portfolio RAD conversion, and its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Section 8 Project Based Voucher (PBV), Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance (PBRA), Section 9 Public Housing, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and HOME programs. Prior to his tenure at MDHA, Jim’s HUD responsibilities included over 1,500 Section 202 units. Jim has over 40 years of public and private development, housing, and housing finance experience.

James Perrine

Chief Development Officer

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James Perrine

Chief Development Officer

Jim has over 35 years of experience in affordable and mixed income housing development and financing, primarily in Massachusetts. He has created and executed the development concept and financial models for numerous complex income-restricted housing developments and submitted successful applications for low-income housing tax credits and other funding to the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), MassHousing, MassDevelopment, the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC), Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) and many other sources — including local governments. He has obtained equity, debt and grant financing from HUD, the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC), private equity syndicators, banks and other commercial lenders, and specialized funding sources. Jim also leads Commonwealth Community Developers, an affordable housing developer and sister company of USM.

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