Financing and Technical Assistance

Paseo Verde

On behalf of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in Philadelphia, we negotiated and structured a $1 million predevelopment loan for a mixed use, mixed income development totaling 120 units of housing and 30,000 sf of commercial space. The loan, backed by partners for profit Jonathon Rose Companies & non-profit Associacion de Puertoriquenos en Marcha (APM), was structured with repayment from both the New Markets Tax Credit transaction or the Low-income housing Tax Credit project sharing the site. The project closed and the predevelopment loan was repaid in January of 2012 and will be completed in 2013.

PIDC Emerging Business Fund     

The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation was seeking to expand its sources of funds to meet demand for more flexible loan financing.   While providing community development lending at RBS Citizens Bank, a $5 million Line of Credit was structured on an unsecured basis to take advantage of PIDC’s strong balance sheet and to reduce their borrowing cost to below market rates, overall relationship pricing was utilized to meet their needs to provide flexible capital at the targeted rate.

News & Events

First Step Staffing comes to Philadelphia

First Step Staffing from Atlanta has piloted a simple but effective model to provide a first step back into employment for homeless and returning citizens in Atlanta where they serve 1000 individuals per day.  In 2018 they brought that model to Philadelphia.  With the participation of multiple parties, the CDFI community, homeless service providers and social investment community, helped make this occur.  First Step Staffing (FSS) acquired a local labor staffing agency in Philadelphia to operate a second location of their staffing business (after Atlanta) with more on the way.  FSS now controls about 600 jobs per day in Philadelphia where they will be placing the homeless clients or returning citizens, providing transportation to the sites and ensuring that they have the supports they need to stay in the job.  FSS believes that earning a wage is the first step to providing a path back into society.


Marcus Reinvestment Strategies was pleased to work with 2 of our clients to make this happen.  MRS underwrote the senior financing for LISC's participation of $1.2 million in the senior financing.  MRS also worked with Impact Loan Fund to commit $75,000 of subordinate, social investment capital, to help create the equity-like cushion needed for the project.

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