CHARLOTTE — Ally Financial Inc. has announced nearly $1 billion in giving and capital deployment in 2023 to address the wealth gap and barriers to economic mobility through housing initiatives. More than $4 million in grants and investments will be deployed in Ally’s hometowns of Detroit and Charlotte to support affordable housing initiatives. Ally and the Ally Charitable Foundation will help 17 organizations across its hometowns provide underserved communities greater access to safe and affordable housing and create pathways to homeownership.
“Everyone deserves a safe place to live – yet home affordability is at its lowest point in history,” said Ali Summerville, business administration executive at Ally and board chair of the Ally Charitable Foundation. “It’s important we show up as an ally and support affordable housing and homeownership initiatives that create lasting, positive impact where we work, live and serve.”
To help increase access to affordable housing, the Ally Charitable Foundation made a $3 million equity investment in Housing Impact Fund II to acquire existing affordable housing properties in Mecklenburg County, N.C., which are also known as “NOAH” or naturally occurring affordable housing. HIF II renovates and adds deed restrictions to safeguard these properties as affordable havens to households with incomes ranging between less than 30% and 80% of area median income.
The Ally Charitable Foundation is also investing $1 million in Charlotte Housing Opportunity Investment Fund II, managed by Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) Fund Management in partnership with LISC Charlotte. The fund aims to lessen the growing affordability gap by investing in housing developments that serve residents in a range of incomes – including moderate, low and extremely low-earning households. This builds on Ally’s investment in the first Charlotte Housing Opportunity Investment Fund, which was part of a combined $70 million in land donations, grants and reduced lending for developers. To date, CHOIF has supported almost 1,500 affordable housing units and 95% of these units are affordable for individuals or families earning 80% the area median income (AMI) or lower with 24% of these units at or below 30% AMI.
As part of a broader almost $2.2 million grant deployment across 84 organizations in Detroit and Charlotte in 2023, the Ally Charitable Foundation committed $440,000 in grants to 14 nonprofit organizations for affordable housing initiatives. Of the $440,000 investment in affordable housing initiatives, $100,000 will go to four local Detroit organizations and $240,000 will support nine local Charlotte organizations. Rebuilding Together, a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing will receive $100,000 to support its efforts in Detroit and Charlotte.
“There are so many people in our own backyards who don’t have the resources to maintain a healthy home, particularly after a natural disaster,” said Chris Perry, vice president of development at Rebuilding Together. “We focus on the most vulnerable who need essential home repairs. Ally Charitable Foundation’s grant will empower us to drive transformative change, ensuring safe homes for everyone we serve.”
The full list of nonprofits receiving affordable housing grants in Charlotte includes: