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Treasury Department Introduces Triad of Moves to Bolster Affordable Housing  

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury has introduced new guidance and rule changes intended to bolster the nation’s supply of housing, especially affordable housing. 

Budget-Based Rent Adjustments Possible for Qualifying Mark-to-Market Section 8 Properties 

7 min read

Section 8 property owners who refinanced their debt through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Mark-to-Market program, mainly in the late 1990s through early 2000s, may qualify for budget-based rent adjustments under a new program launched this year by HUD.

Large-Scale Effort to Convert Commercial to Residential Gets New Initiative     

Conversions Gain Federal and Local Support

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Office vacancies throughout the nation have reached a 30-year high and the country is amid an affordable housing crisis. These dual inflection points have increased housing advocates’ focus on conversions of commercial real estate into housing and encouraged federal and local governments to assist in the transformations.

Innovative LIHTC Programs Become a Powerful New Tool  

State Tax Credits Work in Harmony with Developer’s Capital Stack

9 min read

As challenges continue to buffet the low-income housing market, an increasing number of states are implementing their own versions of a Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). According to a recent Novogradac report, 17 states have added completely new state tax credit programs since 2013, resulting in a total of 29 states and Washington, DC having unique LIHTC incentives.

Leveraging Private Capital to Rehabilitate HUD Legacy and Public Housing Properties

HUD’s RAD Program

8 min read

Launched through federal legislation in 2012, the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has leveraged over $19.3 billion in construction investment to improve or construct over 174,000 public housing units and 53,000 Section 8, tax credit and market-rate apartments co-located in these public housing communities.