HCR 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) are competitively allocated to affordable housing projects across NYS. Eligible uses are for residential only or residential with Community Service Facility; new construction, building acquisition with rehabilitation, and rehabilitation including adaptive reuse of non-residential property
Tenant Eligibility Criteria
Low-income households earning up to 60% AMI (80% AMI for projects with LIHTC income averaging). Must meet one of the following requirements:
- 20% of the units must be set-aside for household earning up to 50% AMI;
- 40% of the units must be set-aside for households earning up to 60% AMI; or
- 25% of the units must be set-aside for household earning up to 60% AMI where allowable under the IRC (i.e. NYC only); or
- Projects proposing income averaging must meet the following parameters:
- At least 40% of the project units are both rent-restricted and occupied by individuals do not exceed the imputed income limitations designated by the project owner
- The average imputed income limitations designated cannot exceed 60% AMI; and
- The designated imputed income limitation must be in 10% increments ranging from 20% to 80% AMI
Per the state's Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), there are scoring incentives for projects serving tenants that have special needs such as homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and physical disabilities.
Nonprofit and for-profit developers are eligible to apply.
Per project maximum award:
- $2 million in New York City
- $1.43 million outside New York City
Per unit maximum award:
- $27,000/unit in New York City
- $22,000/unit outside of New York City
HCR requres a minimum 50-year regulatory agreement.
- Approximately $28 million is available in 2019.
- The RFP sets aside a minimum of $5 million in credits for Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) projects and other supportive housing projects. At least 50% of the total units must be supportive to qualify for the set-aside.
- 9% LIHTC is layered with programs such as Housing Trust Fund (HTF), Supportive Housing Opportunity Program (SHOP), NY State Low-Income Housing Credits (SLIHC), and the Rural and Urban Community Investment Fund (CIF).
- New this year: Applications are made available twice a year, in October and April, there will be early round due dates for shovel-ready projects and also regular due dates, approximately one month later. A second early round due date for Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESHHI) funded projects was set for November.
- HCR provides technical assistance for projects through the application. HCR requires a technical assistance session to meet application threshold.
For More Information
Read the 2019 HCR Multifamily Finance (9%) RFP here.
Eastern New York Regional Office
Hampton Plaza, 38-40 State Street, 6th Floor
Albany, New York, 12207
Darren Scott, Upstate Development Director East: (518) 485-7608
New York City and Long Island Regional Office
25 Beaver Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Maria Kolaitis, Downstate Director of Development: (212) 872-0506
Western & Central New York Regional Office
535 Washington Avenue, Suite 105
Buffalo, New York 14203
Leonard Skrill, Upstate Development Director (West): (716) 847-3926
Last updated: 10/16/2019