Low-Income Housing Tax Credits & Seniors in Missouri, 2018

The 2018 Missouri Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) incentivizes developments serving senior residents. The QAP lists properties of senior housing projects.

Senior Incentives

Service-Enriched Housing (eligible for up to 30% boost in eligible basis): Service-Enriched Housing enhances the connection between affordable housing and supportive services. MHDC recognizes the advantages of supportive housing to individuals, communities and on public resources. To encourage more comprehensive housing environments for vulnerable populations, proposals offering significant services tailored to the tenant population will receive a preference in funding (“Service-Enriched Priority”). Developments which offer substantial services to enhance tenant housing stability and independence increase the competiveness of their application. Proposed services should take into account the unique characteristics of residents and help them to identify, access, and manage available resources. Other benefits of a well-planned and properly funded program may include reduced resident turnover, improved property appearance, and greater cooperation between residents and management.

To be considered under the Service-Enriched Priority, a development's services must target a specific population. Examples include, but are not limited to:

a. Senior households;

b. Individuals with children;

c. Formerly homeless individuals and families;

d. Individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities;

e. Individuals diagnosed with mental illness;

f. Children of Tenants; and

g. Veterans.

The applicant should demonstrate it has experience with the population in question. If the applicant does not have experience with the specified population, it should have a commitment(s) from a service provider(s) who does have the necessary experience. Although MHDC expects applicants that have elected the service-enriched priority to provide services for the full term of the MHDC imposed affordability period, MHDC will accept service provider commitments for renewable three year terms. Longer commitments will be viewed more favorably. MHDC acknowledges that circumstances may require a change in service provider during the life of the development. Services for senior developments include, but are not limited to, the following examples.

Senior properties:

a. Regularly-held resident meetings;

b. Transportation to shopping and medical appointments;

c. Nutrition and cooking classes;

d. Enrichment classes such as seminars on health issues, prescription drugs, Medicare, the

internet;

e. Coordination with an agency that provides assistance with paying bills and balancing

checkbooks;

f. Periodic health screenings;

g. Assistance preparing a Vial of Life;

h. Exercise program such as the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program;

i. Monthly community activities (i.e., pot luck dinners, holiday events, bingo);

j. Access to fitness equipment;

k. Food pantry or access to a mobile food pantry if available;

l. Housekeeping; and

m. Computer lab or check-out program.

Developments wanting to be considered under the Service-Enriched Priority must fully complete the applicable sections of the application and provide the following with their application:

i. A detailed supportive services plan explaining the type of services to be provided, who will provide them, how they will be provided, and how they will be funded. The plan should include, but is not limited to, a description of how the development will meet the needs of the tenants, including access to supportive services, transportation, and proximity to community amenities. MHDC prefers the services be onsite or near the proposed development;

ii. Letters of intent from service providers anticipated to participate in the development’s services program; and

iii. Service coordinator job description

Contributed By: 
National Housing Trust

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