Low Income Housing Tax Credits

The federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program is the largest federal program encouraging the creation of affordable rental housing for low-income households in the U.S., with approximately 100,000 new units developed annually and producing over 3 million total housing units since the program’s inception. The LIHTC program is a critical source of affordable housing for tenants. Yet, much about the LIHTC program is not commonly known among advocates working with survivors.

Explore the resources below that were developed as part of a webinar series by the National Alliance for Safe Housing and Regional Housing Legal Services on what advocates of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking survivors should know about the LIHTC program.

Opportunities for Advocates in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program

Housing Protections for Survivors in Low Income Housing Tax Credit Units

 

How Partnerships Can Enhance Survivors’ Access to Low Income Housing Tax Credit Units

Using the Qualified Allocation Plan Process to Influence LIHTC Priorities

Opportunities for Advocates in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program

What is the LIHTC program and why is it important for survivors?

Explore the resources below to learn how the LIHTC program differs from other affordable housing programs paid for by the federal government and how survivors can find LIHTC units in their communities. You’ll also discover a variety of ways that advocates can get involved through partnerships and strategic advocacy, to help survivors access and maintain LIHTC units.

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How Partnerships Can Enhance Survivors’ Access to Low Income Housing Tax Credit Units

Learn about partnership models that lead to increased access to LIHTC units for survivors. These resources spotlight several partnerships with state and local domestic violence programs that play critical roles in creating new LIHTC units for survivors and further work with housing providers to ensure that survivors can access existing LIHTC units.

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Housing Protections for Survivors in Low Income Housing Tax Credit Units

Discover strategies to address common housing obstacles that survivors face, including evictions, emergency transfers, admission denials, and lease bifurcations in LIHTC units. The webinar will provide an overview of housing protections for survivors applying for and living in LIHTC units. Presenters will discuss survivors’ housing rights under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and related laws. They will also briefly cover protections for tenants under federal and local eviction moratoriums.

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Using the Qualified Allocation Plan Process to Influence LIHTC Priorities

Did you know that the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) is a tool that advocates can use to influence the kinds of housing projects that receive Low Income Housing Tax Credits? The QAP outlines each state’s eligibility priorities and criteria for awarding LIHTCs to developers. The QAP can also be used to help improve access to protections under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in your state. Advocates will learn how to use the QAP’s public process to influence policies so that they better target the development of LIHTC units for survivors and increase access to VAWA protections. Presenters also will introduce research that shows the extent to which each state has included priorities and legal protections for survivors in its QAP.

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For Survivors

If you are in danger, please call 911, a local hotline, or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224. Avoid using a computer that could be accessed by a person who may cause harm, and learn more technology safety tips.

Please note that NASH is not a direct service provider and does not provide individual counseling, crisis response, housing advocacy, or legal services. We have compiled a brief list of resources for survivors here.

If you are in danger, please call 911, a local hotline, or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224. Avoid using a computer that could be accessed by a person who may cause harm, and learn more technology safety tips.

Please note that NASH is not a direct service provider and does not provide individual counseling, crisis response, housing advocacy, or legal services. We have compiled a brief list of resources for survivors here.