The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program is a tax incentive program designed to increase the supply of quality, affordable housing by helping developers offset the costs of housing developments for individuals with low- to moderate-income. This program has been the largest driver of the production of new affordable housing in the state and nation over the past several years. Since 1987, OHFA has used the HTC program to facilitate the development of over 100,000 affordable housing units in Ohio.
The LIHTC gives investors a dollar-for-dollar reduction in their federal tax liability in exchange for providing financing to develop affordable housing. Investors’ equity contribution subsidizes low-income housing development, thus allowing some units to rent at below-market rates. In return, investors receive tax credits paid in annual allotments, generally over 10 years.
Financed projects must meet eligibility requirements for at least 30 years after project completion. In other words, owners must keep the units rent restricted and available to low-income tenants. At the end of the period, the properties remain under the control of the owner.
The tax credit program includes a 4% tax credit and a competitive 9% tax credit. For both, the process for allocating tax credits is guided by federal regulations and distributed by states. For Cincinnati, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) competitively distributes 9% credits to projects based on priorities they set each year through the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP).
We are not accepting requests for letters of support for 2023 LIHTC at this time. Please check back in December 2022 for updates on deadlines and how to submit a letter request form.
Submit any questions to Morgan Noel Smith, Development Officer, at email@example.com