Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) this week expressed support for including the low-income housing credit (LIHTC) in a year-end tax extenders legislative package. (Roll Call, Oct. 25).
Affordable Housing & LIHTC
- This week, Neal referred to the LIHTC in an interview with Roll Call, stating, “But for that credit, there's a lot of housing that doesn't get built at a time when the housing crunch is substantial across the country. I think it's a pretty important tax vehicle. It's demonstrated its value time and again.”
- A 12.5% temporary increase in the annual LIHTC allocation to states enacted in 2018 expired at the end of 2021. The credit increase may be extended or further expanded when Congress returns from the midterm elections. (GlobeSt, Oct. 25 and Roundtable Weekly, Oct. 21)
- In 2020, nearly a quarter of American renters spent 50% or more of their income on housing, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau. (Pew Research Center, March 23)
- The Roundtable-supported Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S.1136 and H.R. 2573)—introduced in 2021 by Washington Democrats Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Suzan DelBene—would expand the pool of tax credits, make it easier to combine LIHTC with other sources of capital like private activity bonds, and facilitate LIHTC rehab projects. (Detailed bill summary and (Tax Notes, July 21)
- Roundtable President and CEO Jeffrey DeBoer, above, recently stated, “Expanding the supply and availability of affordable housing deserves a coordinated local, state, and national policy action plan. Local zoning restrictions, permitting issues, and the oversized influence of NIMBYs—coupled with high and now significantly rising labor and material costs—are the true factors limiting housing supply, and in turn, increasing housing costs. Government at all levels needs to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.” (Roundtable Weekly, July 1 and July 22)
The Roundtable’s Real Estate Capital Policy Advisory Committee (RECPAC) has formed an Affordable Housing Working Group, which is working with the Research Committee to develop proposals on expanding the nation’s housing infrastructure.
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