Carl Mackley Houses Philadelphia, PA
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“The HIT is proud to be working on this new phase of rehabilitation at Carl Mackley. We expect this project to create more than 260,000 hours of union construction work. In these tough times, that means more family-supporting union jobs and more high-quality union-built housing for the community. ” —Lesyllee White, Chief Marketing Officer, AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust


The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) is helping to finance the $36.9 million, tenant-in-place substantial rehabilitation of the 184-unit Carl Mackley Houses housing development in northeast Philadelphia.


The HIT will purchase $13.8 million in  Ginnie Mae insured construction loan certificates and a permanent loan certificate.  The HIT financed an earlier renovation of Carl Mackley in 1997 under its Community Investment Demonstration Program, as one of 18 projects that created or preserved 1,970 housing units for low- and moderate- income households.


This rehabilitation will build on Carl Mackley’s proud history as the nation’s first federally financed public housing development. Carl Mackley was built at the height of the Great Depression with New Deal program funding to provide low- and moderate-income union workers with affordable housing.

All 184 units at Carl Mackley are affordable.  Ninety-two units benefit from a Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment Contract administered by the Philadelphia Housing Authority. The remaining 92 units will house those earning 50% to 80% of area median income.

Job and economic impact figures are estimates calculated using IMPLAN, an input-output model, based on HIT project data. The data is current as of October 15, 2020. Economic impact data is in 2020 dollars and all other figures are nominal.

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