The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) is our nation’s primary tool for financing affordable rental housing in rural, suburban, and urban communities alike. A successful public-private partnership, the Housing Credit has financed 3.5 million affordable homes since 1986, serving 8 million low-income households, including families, veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, and people who were formerly homeless.
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The Housing Credit:
The #1 Way Affordable Housing is Financed
Legislation to Provide More Affordable Homes
The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (AHCIA, S.1136/H.R.2573) is bipartisan legislation to strengthen the Housing Credit and provide as many as 2,015,000 additional affordable homes over the next 10 years, generating nearly 3 million jobs, $346 billion in wages and business income, and $120 billion in tax revenue. Congress should enact the AHCIA to ensure the Housing Credit can serve more low-income households.
Build Back Better Reconciliation Legislation:
An Opportunity to Expand and Strengthen the Housing Credit
In November 2021, the House of Representatives passed Build Back Better reconciliation legislation including an historic $12 billion investment in the Housing Credit. In December 2021, The Senate Finance Committee released similar legislation, and Senate Democrats and the White House are negotiating a path forward. AHTCC members receive regular updates on the status of Build Back Better and ways to advocate for the Housing Credit. Learn more about AHTCC membership here, stay tuned to our blog for more opportunities to advocate, and continue building support for the AHCIA, which is one of the best ways to ensure that Housing Credit priorities can advance through upcoming legislative vehicles.
Ask Your Members of Congress to Sign On to the AHCIA
Ask your member of Congress, or those who represent the areas in which you work, to sign on to the AHCIA using the information below. If your member of Congress has already signed on, make sure to thank them for working to expand affordable housing in your community! See the co-sponsors of the Senate AHCIA (S.1136) here, and the co-sponsors of the House AHCIA (H.R.2573) here. If you don’t know who represents you, find out here. If you need any assistance, contact us.
Constituents can send emails to congressional offices through their Senators’ and Representative’s websites.
In your email, let the staff know if you are a constituent or how much work your organization has done in the corresponding district or state. Request that the member of Congress support the bipartisan Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S.1136 in the Senate and H.R. 2573 in the House) to provide residents with critically needed affordable housing and to strengthen the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Feel free to provide local examples, state- or district-specific data, additional details about the AHCIA, and our AHCIA summary.
Phone calls can be short and direct. Provide your name and organization, and let the staff know if you are a constituent or how much work your organization has done in the corresponding district or state. Request that the member of Congress support the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S.1136 in the Senate and H.R. 2573 in the House) to provide residents with critically needed affordable housing and to strengthen the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Feel free to provide personal anecdotes, state- or district-specific data, and/or additional details about the AHCIA. Provide your contact information in case congressional staff would like to follow up, and confirm that you would like a written response if asked.
Engaging members of Congress or congressional staff in property events is the best way to show the benefit of the Housing Credit in their home state or district. Events can include groundbreakings, grand openings, property tours, property anniversaries, and more, and may take place virtually or in-person.
The AHTCC has developed a step-by-step guide to assist affordable housing advocates in engaging members of Congress and their staff in Housing Credit property events. Please contact us for assistance.
Virtual Engagement Examples
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, many organizations and businesses have shifted property events online. See how our members are celebrating property milestones virtually:
Virtual and in-person congressional meetings are important for introducing new staff to the Housing Credit and affordable housing policy, and answering detailed questions that may decide whether a member of Congress will provide support for the Housing Credit.
COVID-19 has prevented the AHTCC from hosting our advocacy fly-ins, where AHTCC members join us in Washington, DC, to advocate for the Housing Credit directly on Capitol Hill. However, for AHTCC members, we facilitate virtual fly-ins and meetings outside of our fly-in schedule. Please contact us for more information and learn about AHTCC membership here.
Raising the voices of Housing Credit residents can help to educate congressional offices about the importance of affordable housing and the critical need to provide more affordable housing. Do you have resident stories you’d like us to share? Please let us know. See our resident stories webpage for examples.
AHCIA Online Resources
- AHCIA Online Summary
- AHTCC AHCIA Webinar
- Senate AHCIA (S.1136) Co-Sponsors
- House AHCIA (H.R.2573) Co-Sponsors
AHCIA Document Resources
- AHCIA PDF Summary
- AHCIA Provisions Explained
- New/Updated Provisions for the 117th Congress
- Reasons to lower the 50% Test
Housing Credit Resources
Share Your Support for the AHCIA on Social Media
Click the images below to download, and don’t forget to use #HousingCredit and tag us at @AHTCCoalition.
Sample Tweet: High rents make it hard for people with disabilities to find housing with the necessary services & amenities. That’s why support for the #AHCIA is so critical: with a stronger #HousingCredit, we can build 2 million more #affordablehomes and better serve people with disabilities. #LIHTC @AHTCCoalition