Low Income Housing Tax Credits & Seniors in Iowa, 2018

Iowa's 2018 Qualified Allocation Plan specifies that senior projects cannot have more than 2 bedrooms per unit.

Senior Projects are not allowed anything greater than 2 bedrooms per Unit.

The Iowa QAP states that these amenities shall be provided at no cost to the tenants and shall be maintained throughout the Compliance Period and the Extended Use Period. The Applicant may select from the options below (all amenities are defined in Appendix 2-Glossary of Terms) for Senior Projects only:

  • Community Room (must be 20 square feet per unit up to the first 40 units) - 3 points
  • Fitness Center - 3 points

Senior Housing means housing specifically designed to meet the needs of senior citizens. Housing that meets the Fair Housing Act definition of housing for older persons is exempt from the law’s familial status requirements provided that: (1) HUD has determined that the dwelling is specifically designed for and occupied by elderly persons under a federal or state government program; (2) it is occupied solely by persons who are 62 or older; or (3) it houses at least one person who is 55 years or older in at least eighty percent (80%) of the occupied Units, and adheres to a policy that demonstrates intent to house persons who are 55 years old or older. Therefore, housing that satisfies the legal definition of Senior Housing or housing for older persons described above, can legally exclude families with children. The Housing for Older Persons Act (HOPA) signed into law on December 28, 1995, further modified the definition to require facilities or communities claiming the exemption to establish age verification procedures. A housing community or facility is any dwelling or group of dwelling Units governed by a common set of rules, regulations or restrictions. A portion of a single building may not be considered a housing facility or community. There shall be a sufficient number of dwelling Units to constitute a “community” or “facility”. Advertising and manner in which the facility/community is described to prospective residents shall show intent to provide housing for elderly persons.

Contributed By: 
National Housing Trust

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