Low Income Housing Tax Credits & Sustainable Development in New York City, 2014

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development's 2014 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) prioritizes projects that meet the Enterprise Green Communities criteria.

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s 2014 QAP identifies projects that meet the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria as a priority. In addition, the QAP requires all projects to certify under the 2011 Enterprise Green Community Overlay for NYC HPD projects. As part of the tax credit application submission, applicants are required to submit a Step 1 Pre-Build Approval from Enterprise.

Details and instructions on HPD’s green building policy can be found on the HPD website at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/developers/green-building.shtml. The Enterprise Green Communities Criteria can be found online at www.greencommunitiesonline.com.

Rehabilitation projects that do not meet the following scope or work my petition HPD for a waiver of the LIHTC Green Communities threshold requirement:

  1.  Replace heating system, and 
  2.  Work in 75% of units including work within the kitchen and/or bathroom,and
  3.  Work on the building envelope, such as replace/add insulation, replace windows, replace / add roof insulation, new roof or substantial roof repair.

New York City’s 2013 QAP awards a maximum of 22 points for “Project Characteristics”. Targeted areas are eligible to receive points in this category. Targeted areas are scored based on whether the project is located in a geographic area defined by HPD as an area of special need or where HPD determines the project will have a strong impact in that it will encourage further development or redevelopment in the community, such as inclusionary housing zoning or Urban Renewal Areas.

Contributed By: 
National Housing Trust

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