Matt Brett


Matt Brett

Commitment to Clients and Communities

I really enjoy being a resource for my clients as they address the critical need for affordable, high quality assisted living care throughout the United States.  It is very rewarding to be able to use my legal experience on projects that provide seniors with supportive services while allowing them to maintain an independent lifestyle.

Career Overview

Current Focus:  I joined Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen in 2010. A significant portion of my practice consists of representing developers and operators of affordable assisted living facilities in the acquisition, development, financing and refinancing of such facilities.  I assist developers of multifamily projects of all types in using low income housing tax credits, tax exempt bonds, conventional loans, accounts receivable financing and various state and local grant programs to finance their facilities.  I have substantial experience in representing borrowers utilizing FHA Section 232 financing for new construction and refinancing.  I also represent national syndicators of low income housing tax credits in closing lower tier transactions throughout the country.


  • Syndicator counsel for RAD conversion of a 584 unit, scattered site public housing portfolio utilizing federal and state low income housing tax credits, tax exempt bond financing and housing authority funds.
  • Borrower counsel for FHA Section 232 refinancing of a nursing home/assisted living facility portfolio and related accounts receivable financing.
  • Developer counsel for development of a supportive living facility in the City of Chicago using FHA Section 232, low income housing tax credits, City of Chicago HOME funds, tax increment financing, bridge loan, and energy efficiency grants.

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

  • Member, Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law

Chicago Bar Association

Affordable Assisted Living Coalition

I know that whatever it is I can count on him to get the job done.


Our attorneys have a passion for helping our clients reclaim and re-invigorate neighborhoods and cities. We represent developers, tax credit syndicators, investors, tax-exempt community development organizations and public housing authorities. They trust us to get the job done–please come talk with us to learn why you should too.

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