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Balancing Priorities Report

Balancing PrioritiesThe Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) is the largest national affordable housing program in the U.S. By 2030, nearly half a million current LIHTC units, or nearly a quarter of the total stock will reach the end of all federally mandated rent-affordability and income restrictions. Some of these units will be lost from the affordable housing supply as they convert to market-rate rents. Others may be lost to physical deterioration unless new capital investment is available for rehabilitation and renovation. This report sheds light on these preservation challenges with an examination of the neighborhood characteristics of these LIHTC units and a discussion of how scarce resources for affordable housing lead to a dilemma between the priorities of preserving affordable housing and promoting mobility for low-income families to higher-opportunity neighborhoods. The report addresses this dilemma by offering a broader vision for a housing safety net.

The report is based on data from the National Housing Preservation Database (NHPD) and other sources. The NHPD is a national database of federally assisted rental housing, which includes properties subsidized through HUD, USDA, and LIHTC. The NHPD gives stakeholders information on when and where affordability restrictions will expire. To learn more about the database, go to https://preservationdatabase.org/about-the-database/.

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Report Graphics:

Figure 1: Cumulative Count of LIHTC Units Losing All Affordability Restrictions (2020-2029)Overall Neighborhood DesirabilityOverall Neighborhood OpportunityDistribution of LIHTC Units Reaching Year 30 Between 2020-2029 by Overall Neighborhood Opportunity and Neighborhood Opportunity Sub-IndicesLocation of LIHTC Units Reaching Year 30 Between 2020-2029 by Neighborhood Desirability and OpportunityPercent of LIHTC Units Reaching Year 30 Between 2020-2029 in Neighborhoods with Lower Desirability but Higher Opportunity