Author Archives: Valerie White

Increasing Equity Helps U.S. Housing Finance Agencies Counter Low Profitability

U.S. housing finance agencies (HFAs), whose primary goal is to provide affordable housing, have seen their profitability (as a result of ongoing low interest rates) and loan performance deteriorate since 2008. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services believes this trend will continue and possibly lead to negative rating actions in the absence of alternative revenue sources. […]

U.S. Housing Finance Agencies Tap Alternative Funding Sources To Counter Changing Market Conditions

S&P’s Housing Conference: Different Fundamentals for Housing Finance

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services’ U.S. Public Finance Housing Conference brings together respected industry participants with our team of housing analysts to discuss key topics in the affordable housing industry. The 2012 conference theme is “A New Foundation: Different Fundamentals for Housing Finance.” The conference will be held April 30-May 2, 2012, in Huntington Beach, […]

A New Foundation: Different Fundamentals for Housing Finance

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services’ U.S. Public Finance Housing Conference brings together respected industry participants with our team of housing analysts to discuss key topics in the affordable housing industry. The 2012 conference theme is “A New Foundation: Different Fundamentals for Housing Finance.” The conference will be held April 30-May 2, 2012, in Huntington Beach, […]

VIDEO: A New Foundation For U.S. Affordable Housing Finance

How is the weak U.S. housing market affecting our public finance housing issue ratings? In this CreditMatters TV segment, Standard & Poor’s senior analysts Larry Witte, Mikiyon Alexander, and Karen Fitzgerald discuss the market’s impact on rating programs, the shift from single-family homeownership to multifamily rentals, the affordable housing industry’s dependence on the federal government […]

S&P’s outlook for Capital Fund Financing Programs

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services believes that the uncertainty of capital fund appropriations could pose risks to the credit quality of Capital Fund Financing Programs (CFFP). We have assessed the long-term credit implications of public housing authorities’ (PHAs) CFFP appropriations risk following the release of the House Appropriations Subcommittee’s 2012 Department of Housing & Urban […]

Financing affordable housing panel – S&P Housing Summit

The Housing Summit session  “Financing Affordable Housing: Options in Challenging Market Times” addressed both the similarities and differences in affordable public housing, and the ways in which market conditions have impacted the public housing sector. Valerie White, senior director and analytical manager for Public Finance Housing at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services moderated the panel.  […]

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