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How to Resolve Conflicts Between Tax Credit and HOME Program Requirements

May 27, 2021    
In April, the Biden administration submitted to Congress the president’s priorities for fiscal year 2022 discretionary spending. The request reveals the administration’s priorities with regard to affordable housing. Along with seeking a significant expansion of rental assistance, the...
Dealing with Households

Treasury Updates ERA FAQs as Funds Start Rolling Out

May 27, 2021    
The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced that it has distributed $6.1 billion through the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program in less than two weeks since the $21.6 billion was allocated to the program through funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The program...
Income Calculations

Don't Count Unemployment Benefits and Child Tax Credit as Income

May 27, 2021    
HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs recently issued guidance regarding the treatment of unemployment benefits under the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act and the monthly child tax credit under the American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARPA).
In the News

Federal Judge Vacates CDC Eviction Moratorium

May 27, 2021    
On May 5, 2021, a federal judge in the District of Columbia set aside the CDC's nationwide moratorium on residential evictions, which the CDC had recently extended beyond its congressionally approved expiration date of March 31 to June 30, 2021 [Alabama Association of Realtors, et al. v. U.S....
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Legislative Momentum Builds for LIHTC Program Improvements

April 28, 2021    
Lawmakers recently reintroduced the latest reiteration of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (AHCIA) in the House and Senate with bipartisan support. The Senate and House versions of the AHCIA are identical companion bills. The AHCIA was first introduced in 2016, and its most recent...
Income Calculations

HUD Issues 2021 Income Limits for Tax Credit Programs

April 28, 2021    
On April 1, HUD released the 2021 income limits for the Multifamily Tax Subsidy Projects (MTSP) housing programs. MTSPs, a term coined by HUD, are all Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects under Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code and multifamily projects funded by tax-exempt bonds under...
In the News

Government Steps Up Enforcement of CDC Eviction Moratorium

April 28, 2021    
On March 29, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an extension of the federal eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021. Before this extension, the moratorium was set to expire March 31, 2021. This recent order is the moratorium’s third extension since it was...
In the News

Report Highlights Funding Challenges for LIHTC Site Development

April 28, 2021    
On average, developers needed to layer an average of 3.5 different funding sources to finance developments built between 2000 and 2018, according to a recent report published by the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley. One in four sites layered at least five (and in some cases as...
Feature

How to Avoid Fair Housing Trouble When Residents Use Wheelchairs

March 26, 2021    
We’ll answer seven FAQs to help you steer clear of discrimination claims.   When dealing with prospects and residents who use wheelchairs, it’s important to avoid violating the Fair Housing Act (FHA), which bans discrimination against people on the basis of disability, including...
Compliance

IRS Helps First-Year Owners Avoid the Two-Thirds Rule

March 26, 2021    
In January, the IRS issued Notice 2021-12 granting relief for various LIHTC requirements. Among the relief provided, the notice extended the deadline for a LIHTC site to meet its first-year occupancy obligations from Dec. 31, 2020, to June 31, 2021, for sites operating on a calendar-year basis. On...