Section 108 Loans
The City of Colorado Springs Section 108 Loan program, in compliance with US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations, provides a pool of up to $14 million for low-interest loans that meet HUD's criteria for economic development activities and projects.
Section 108 Loan Advantages:
- Job creation requirement = at least 1 job for every $35,000 borrowed; at least 51% of those jobs filled by employees at or below low-moderate income levels
- Promote employment in areas with residents who fall at or below HUD's definition of low-moderate income
- Available to qualifying for-profit and not-for-profit businesses and organizations
- Low-interest financing for projects that meet specific requirements
- 20-year (maximum) repayment term
- Up-front incentive, rather than an after-the-fact rebate
- HUD considers the Section 108 Loan program "one of the most potent and important public investment tools that HUD offers to local governments."
Examples of Eligible Projects per HUD Regulations:
- Large-scale development projects
- Acquisition of real property
- Construction, reconstruction, or installation of public facilities (including street, sidewalk, and other site improvements)
- Rehabilitation of publicly-owned real property
- Priority for projects located in blighted and/or Urban Renewal Areas
- Housing rehabilitation
- Projects and activities that meet urgent needs of the community
City staff and Section 108 Loan Committee members evaluate the borrower's credit-worthiness. The company may borrow up to 80% of its assets and must have sufficient net income to pay 1.5 times the monthly debt service.
City Council makes the final determination about granting a Section 108 loan.