- General Information:
- Application for Financing
- Recently Approved Projects
- Program Timelines
- Tax Credit Programs:
- Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC)
- Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credit (IAHTC)
- First Mortgage Programs:
- Tax Exempt Bond Programs
- Multifamily Advantage
- Soft Money & Subsidy Programs:
- Trust Fund
- CDBG Disaster Recovery Program
- Permanent Supportive Housing Program
- Long Term Operating Support Program (LTOS)
- Preservation Now Program
- Technical Resources:
- Architecture and Construction Services
- Market Research
- LIHTC Compliance
- Loan Modification
- Other Developer Information:
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Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC)
Created under the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) is considered the most productive affordable housing program in the nation. IHDA administers 9% and 4% tax credits.
Program rules and guidelines
IRS regulations for the federal tax credit program are found in Section 42 of the Code of 1986, as amended. Additionally, state rules governing the LIHTC program are found in the Illinois Administrative Code, Title 47, Chapter II, Part 350.
Qualified Allocation Plan
The annual Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) sets forth the criteria for evaluating all projects that apply for a tax credit allocation. The QAP takes effect upon the approval of the IHDA board and the governor. See the Frequently Used Forms and Documents page of this section for the most recent QAP plans.
Applying for LIHTC
IHDA will accept applications for a determination letter for developments to be financed with the proceeds of tax-exempt bonds, whether or not IHDA is the issuer, on a rolling basis during the calendar year.
Preliminary Project Assessment (PPA)
Before submitting an application for LIHTC, all projects must be approved through a Preliminary Project Assessment (PPA) process. This process contains basic information regarding project concept and design, location and the proposed tenant population. The goal of the PPA is for IHDA to provide feedback, and to determine the projects that will be eligible to submit a low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) application. An LIHTC application will not be accepted from projects not approved during the preliminary process. Program timelines apply.
Developers in the Chicago region may also potentially benefit from the Regional Housing Initiative (RHI), which provides financial incentives through operating subsidies.