Low-Income Housing Tax Credit & Supportive Housing in Arizona, 2015

Arizona’s 2015 Qualified Allocation Plan includes a set-aside category for supportive housing as well as scoring incentives.

Set-Asides

Arizona’s Department of Housing (ADOH) sets aside housing credits for up to two projects totaling at least sixty (60) units of Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless, either:

  • Projects that have a minimum of 30 units set aside for chronically homeless individuals with a preference for veterans. Rents shall be designated at thirty percent (30%) area median income (AMI) and supported with Rental Assistance; or
  • One project with 60 units set -side for Chronically Homeless people with a preference for veterans. Rents shall be designated at 30% AMI and supported with Rental Assistance.

Projects applying for the permanent supportive housing set-aside project are expected to have a Housing First model with supportive services. Permanent supportive housing is defined as housing that centers on providing Chronically Homeless people or families with housing quickly and then providing supportive services and employment that target the specific needs of the individual. Services provided through permanent supportive housing can include, but are not limited to, health care, substance use disorder treatment, mental health treatment, employment counseling, supported employment, connections with mainstream benefits like Medicaid and others.

Scoring Incentives

Arizona's QAP awards 10 points for providing enhanced supportive services.

Other Policies

Arizona's QAP establishes occupancy preferences, one of which is veterans’ projects. This applies to applicants proposing Projects in which 50% of the Project will serve single adult veterans, with a minimum of 25 units set aside to serve the target population must offer Supportive Services. The QAP awards ten points for these projects. 

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