Benjamin L. Cirka, MS ’06 is an active investor in structured equity, tax credit, and capital market transactions involving healthcare and multifamily assets. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of Community Hospitality Healthcare Services (CHHS), which was developed in part through his practicum at Johns Hopkins.
CHHS is a nationally recognized community development entity specializing in investing in healthcare businesses and healthcare infrastructure in America’s most severely distressed communities. CHHS provides catalytic debt and equity investments to high-impact projects in medically underserved low-income communities throughout the U.S. Investments are prioritized based upon their ability to provide healthcare services to low-income individuals and families, and provide entry-level jobs and upward mobility via career ladder resources. These Investments have reduced the overall cost burden of care on a national basis while addressing disparities in low-income communities by providing increased access to care and employment opportunities. Projects funded to date provide healthcare to over 103,000 low-income individuals annually.
Previously, he served as Senior Finance Manager at Struever Brothers, Eccles, and Rouse, a regional development company specializing in large, mixed-use projects with a historical component. He also spent several years with the Shelter Group, a regional development and management company specializing in developing affordable long-term care and rental housing facilities and syndicating low-income housing tax credits. With the Shelter Group, Mr. Cirka oversaw the portfolios of institutional clients and investors and was a member of the Investment Committee. He has significant experience and tenure in structured financing utilizing low income housing tax credits, federal historic tax credits, New Markets Tax Credits, TIF bonds, and several state, county, and city programs providing capital infusions to targeted areas. He has been involved in over $1 billion of total project financing that has provided neighborhood redevelopment, historic building preservation, affordable housing, and healthcare services throughout the United States. Mr. Cirka serves on the boards of American Communities Trust, and Urban Research Parks, LLC, as well as the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.