Sharon D. Guest joins The Benoit Group as a leader with over 17 years of experience in the Affordable Housing industry. Ms. Guest has been involved in the financing and development of more than 38 affordable housing projects within the state of Georgia totaling $350M in value. Her experience includes the development of independent senior and family housing, both preservation and new construction financed with Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), layered financing encompassing private, municipal, state and federal funds. In addition, her portfolio of work with Public Housing Authorities, municipal and state agencies have broadened her experience with affordable housing policies. In her role as Senior Vice President, Ms. Guest will manage the strategic direction, implementation and oversight for all real estate developments for TBG’s Southeast division.
In her previous role as the President of the Housing Development Corporation of DeKalb County, the non-profit arm of the Housing Authority of DeKalb, Ms. Guest was responsible for the ownership and development of affordable housing, as well as partnering with private and public entities to provide services including, project management, construction management, financing application preparation, proforma and feasibility analysis, and overall development planning.
Ms. Guest has also served as Vice President of Real Estate for the Housing Authority of Dekalb County. In this role, she provided strategic direction for all real estate transactions for the Housing Authority, including the repositioning of assets using 223(f)s closing LIHTC transactions, and converting the Authority’s entire portfolio of public housing units to RAD. The Housing Authority of DeKalb County was the first Housing Authority of its size, in the country to convert all of its public housing units under the RAD Demonstration.
Ms. Guest’s expertise includes project management and coordination of affordable housing developments, including intricate layered financing such as, 9% LIHTC, HOME, HOPE VI, AHP and conventional financing.
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Ms. Guest earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia, and is an active member of The Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition.