About this Preservation Catalog

PrezCat, an online catalog of state and local affordable housing preservation policies launched in early 2014, allows affordable housing preservation developers, housing finance authorities, housing advocates, state and local decision makers and other stakeholder to easily search and query policies, data and programs that are most relevant to their short and long term needs. The catalogue will be useful to:

  • Housing Developers will use the website to triage their ability to refinance or meet a seller’s asking price, while considering how to measure the likelihood of success in a given transaction.
  • Housing finance agencies will be able to quickly compare their own tax credit Qualified Allocation Plan language to those of their peers.
  • Advocates will be able to better measure both how their states are performing against the benchmarks set by their own Qualified allocation Plan and how that performance compares to states across the U.S. In response, those advocates can set the bar higher, year after year.

myPrezCat allows users of the website to register for a free account. Once registered, myPrezCat users can:

  • Save & Store records/search results for access at a later time;
  • Share records with colleagues;
  • Develop a profile that identifies specific interests, by both category and geography;
  • Receive Email Alerts when new content, related to a chosen interest, is added to the site;

myPrezCat users can choose to deactivate their account at any time.



National Housing Trust is the only national nonprofit engaged in housing preservation through public policy advocacy, real estate development, and lending. Through our policy engagement, we persuade federal, state, and local policymakers to dedicate resources towards the revitalization of existing affordable homes. Our real estate development team works preserves and improves affordable housing for low-income persons and families through: Direct acquisition of multifamily housing developments; Making property renovations that incorporate green and sustainable building practices; Maintaining long-term rent affordability; and Creation of resident services programs or improvement of existing resident services. Our lending arm provides loans to help developers purchase and renovate affordable homes. Our affiliate, the Institute for Community Economics (ICE), provides loans to non-profits who create permanently affordable housing that builds equity for lower-income families and preserves public subsidies. To date, NHT and its affiliates have leveraged more than $1 billion in financing to helped to save more than 25,000 affordable apartments in 42 states.

The initial development of PrezCat was generously funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Many thanks to the following sponsors for their continued support: