Soul St. Paul, MN
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    HIT Investment

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    Total Development Cost

  • Units of housing, with 100% affordable units

  • Hours of Union Construction Work Generated

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    Tax revenue generated

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    Total economic benefit

“Projects like Soul create meaningful impacts. In addition to using 100% union labor to create 100% affordable units, the design prioritizes sustainability elements intended to minimize waste and reduce the carbon footprint of the building and its tenants. St. Paul has a real need for affordable housing and this Soul project will help fulfill that need!” —Jamie McNamara, Business Manager, IBEW Local 110


The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) is helping to finance the $70.5 million construction of Soul, a 178-unit affordable housing development in St. Paul, Minnesota. Residents of the six-story building will have access to a variety of amenities such as on-site management, indoor and outdoor recreation areas, clubroom sized for large gatherings, patio with grilling stations and lounge seating, outdoor playground, fitness center, secure bicycle storage room, pet run, and flexible work and gather space designed to provide opportunities for small group gatherings or private workspace.


As part of its Midwest@Work Initiative, the HIT will purchase a $37.3 million participation in a $49.6 million construction and bridge loan. Additionally, the HIT made a forward commitment to purchase a $27.5 million Freddie Mac mortgage security backed by the permanent loan for the project.


In addition to creating the union construction work and other economic benefits outlined above, 100% of the 178 units will be restricted to households earning less than 60% of the area median income (AMI). A portion  of the three- and four-bedroom apartment units, representing 20% of the total units, will be subsidized through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and will be restricted to residents earning 30% of AMI or less for 15 years. Families eligible for occupancy in the ARPA units will pay no more than 30% of their household income towards their monthly rent.

The project is designed to receive Enterprise Green Communities Certification (EGCC) and to meet the City of St. Paul’s Sustainable Building Policy SB2030 standards.

*Job and economic impact figures are estimates calculated using IMPLAN, an input-output model, based on HIT project data. Data is since inception, current as of September 30, 2022. Economic impact data is in 2022 dollars and all other figures are nominal.

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