An Untapped Advocacy Opportunity: Increasing the Supply of Accessible Housing through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program is the nation’s primary vehicle for financing affordable housing. LIHTC, however, is failing to meet the growing demand for accessible housing. Through this program, each state develops their own housing priorities through a Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) – guidelines that help state housing agencies determine how they allocate tax credits across their affordable housing infrastructure. The Kelsey’s research reveals that accessibility is not considered a priority for 19 states, and only 22 states require developers to construct any accessible units. Advocates can help influence QAPs by submitting public comments to housing finance agencies and educating policymakers on the importance of requiring accessible design in all LIHTC properties.

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