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Major Overhaul Ahead for America’s Leading Affordable Housing Program

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) is facing its largest reform in 40 years.

Major Overhaul Ahead for America's Leading Affordable Housing Program

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) is facing its largest reform in 40 years.

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Good morning. The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), vital for U.S. affordable housing since 1986, is facing its largest reform in 40 years. This development coincides with cities like Miami and Atlanta exploring bond markets to address their housing challenges.

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HOUSING REFORM

LIHTC Reform: A Leap Towards Addressing America's Housing Crisis

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), a cornerstone in America's approach to funding affordable housing since 1986, is poised for its most significant reform in nearly four decades.

This is a BIG deal: Since its inception in 1986, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) has played a pivotal role in generating millions of affordable housing units. Proposed modifications within the $78 billion Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act are poised to revamp the program's reach and effectiveness.

Expanding access: The proposed legislation seeks to rejuvenate the LIHTC by…

  • Reinstating a 12.5% increase for the 9% LIHTC version, expired since 2021.

  • Permitting states to allocate more credits to affordable housing projects from 2023.

  • Lowering the required threshold for developers to qualify for maximum credits from 50% to 30% in terms of state and local tax-exempt bond financing.

What’s the potential outcome? These measures could create an estimated 200,000 new affordable housing units nationwide, marking a significant boost in the fight against the affordable housing crisis.

Between the lines: Industry experts like Dirk Wallace from Novogradac and Guerrero say these adjustments are crucial for amplifying the program's effectiveness. For instance, lowering the bond financing threshold could facilitate more developments by reducing project costs and tax burdens. This shift is significant for states like Texas, potentially leading to a boost in housing projects.

➥ THE TAKEAWAY 

Zoom out: Despite bipartisan approval in the House, the bill's future in the Senate is uncertain amid budget and international spending debates. The LIHTC expansion aims to tackle rising homelessness and living costs, but critics claim it falls short of serving the lowest-income groups, highlighting the pressing need for affordable housing as the crisis deepens.

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🏘️ MULTIFAMILY

  • Bouncing back: The White House plan to convert commercial buildings to residential, creating affordable, energy-efficient housing while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30%.

  • Reshaping local: Florida lawmakers passed an updated Live Local Act expanding housing development provisions despite community criticism.

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🏢 OFFICE

  • LA goes back to work: In 2023, the LA metro area saw $1.7B invested in just 11.1MSF of office space, with the top deal valued at $104M.

  • Dallas dazzles: Despite high office vacancy rates nationally, Dallas stands out with a robust office construction pipeline.

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HOUSING CRISIS

Miami Pitches $2.5B Bond to Stem Dire Housing Crisis

Miami Pitches $2.5 Billion Bond to Stem Dire Housing Crisis

Daniella Levine CavaPhotographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg

After years of easy growth, Miami-Dade County is facing one of the most severe housing crises in the nation, with home prices surging by a staggering 82%

Fixing the problem: To address this pressing issue, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava is proposing a $2.5B bond measure, to be decided by voters in November. The bond aims to alleviate the housing crisis and enhance the county's infrastructure, including affordable housing projects and vital improvements to parks, sewage systems, and roads.

Everyone deserves housing: Amid the challenging housing landscape, the largest portion of the proposed bond ($800M) will be designated for affordable housing. After home prices have skyrocketed 82% over 5 years, it’s become increasingly difficult for many residents to afford housing in the area.

Innovative urban initiatives: Mayor Cava's housing plan emphasizes innovative strategies to address the housing crisis, including prioritizing projects that increase urban density and utilizing county land for large-scale property redevelopment efforts. Miami aims to create more efficient land use and improve housing availability while promoting sustainable urban development practices going forward.

Infrastructure improvements: The proposed bond will also contribute to vital infrastructure improvements in the county. Funds will be used to enhance road infrastructure and parks while preserving endangered land that serves as a buffer for the Everglades. However, the bond will not cover mass transit solutions, as transportation initiatives are not included in the current proposal.

➥ THE TAKEAWAY

Comprehensive solution: The $2.5B bond proposal presents a comprehensive approach to addressing Miami's housing crisis and infrastructure challenges. If approved by voters, it will play a pivotal role in reshaping Miami's housing market and addressing key development constraints facing the city.

📈 CHART OF THE DAY

Despite national challenges like high interest rates, tighter lending, and an ongoing economic slowdown, South Florida continues to outperform with low vacancy rates across property types and high asking rent growth compared to national averages. The market’s outperformance is expected to continue into year-end.

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