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Self-Help Ventures Fund


Commercial Lending
The Ventures Fund offers loans from as little as $1,000 to large, multi-million dollar loans.

Under its Environmental Stewardship Initiative, it provides business guidance and flexible financing to smart growth and green businesses that conserve natural resources.

The Real Estate and Community Facilities Fund provides loans and technical assistance to nonprofit and for-profit entities creating real estate developments, child care facilities, charter schools, supportive housing and health care facilities.

Home Loan Secondary Market
Through its Home Loan Secondary Market Program, Self-Help purchases responsible mortgages from banks, freeing more of the bank's capital for new home loans to low- and moderate-income borrowers. Begun as a pilot project in 1994 in North Carolina, the program has expanded nationwide in partnership with 36 lenders, the Ford Foundation and Fannie Mae. This program has financed more than $4.3 billion in affordable home loans in 47 states and the District of Columbia, benefiting more than 48,000 low-wealth families across the U.S.

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Self-Help has purchased, renovated and leased 17 abandoned or underused downtown commercial buildings throughout North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Restoration of these historically significant properties combined with Self-Help's commercial lending programs support local efforts to revitalize urban centers.

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