SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Nonprofit BRIDGE Housing’s “A+” issuer credit rating has been renewed by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, a leading provider of independent credit risk research and benchmarks. BRIDGE is a top developer, owner and manager of affordable housing on the U.S. West Coast.
BRIDGE first earned the rating in 2015 as part of its five-year strategic initiative to double its production of affordable and mixed-income housing. The following views are among those cited in Standard & Poor’s rating of BRIDGE:
Strong overall management, coupled with a strategic plan that supports BRIDGE’s mission to provide quality low-income housing in the least-affordable markets
Strong enterprise risk profile supported by extremely strong economic fundamentals, very strong asset quality, and development plans that continue to strengthen asset quality
Strong financial profile, reflected by the ability to cover operating and maintenance costs from rental income, and a strong liquidity profile
Effective strategic planning that has led to a growing and diverse portfolio of attractive housing units in multiple regions along the West Coast
“In this time of scarce public resources, attracting capital is critical to revitalizing neighborhoods and meeting the need for affordable housing,” said Cynthia A. Parker, President and CEO of BRIDGE Housing. “The A+ rating validates the stability and solid business model that we’ve demonstrated to investors and lenders for more than 30 years. We anticipate this will enhance BRIDGE’s efforts to raise debt and equity for development and preservation of affordable and mixed-income housing.”
The report may be downloaded from www.bridgehousing.com/PDFs/BHC_SP_Rating_2016.pdf and www.standardandpoors.com (registered users only).
For more information about BRIDGE Housing, visit www.bridgehousing.com.