Low Income Housing Tax Credits & Preservation in Hawaii, 2019-2020

Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation establishes threshold requirements and cost containment measures in their 2019-2020 Qualified Allocation Plan. 

Point Incentives

The Hawaii 2018-19 QAP outlines that if the applicant elects to limit the total Developer Fee as a percentage of the total development cost (excluding developer fees) as presented in the application, the applicant may receive scores for this criterion.

Developer Fees on Rehabilitation Projects

-       Between 15% and 13% 0 points

-       Between 13% and 11% 1 point

-       Between 11% and 9% 2 points

-       Between 9% 7% 3 points

-       Between 7% and 6% 5 points

-       Under 6% 7 points

If the project will preserve the historic nature of an existing building, those that are on a national or state historic registry, the project will receive one (1) point.


Hawaii’s 2019-2020 QAP states that no more than one (1) acquisition or rehabilitation project may be awarded a 9% (volume cap) LIHTC per calendar year.

Applicants must meet all the Minimum Threshold requirements as outlined in the Hawaii 2019-2020 QAP to receive consideration for an allocation or award of LIHTC. Failure to meet any Minimum Threshold shall result in the immediate rejection of the application. Minimum Thresholds are subject to verification by HHFDC.

The thresholds relevant to rehabilitation and preservation of affordable housing include;

Developer Fee - Developer Fee includes developer fee, developer overhead, management fee, consultant fee, etc. (as indicated in the Developer Fee section of Exhibit A of the Consolidated Application).

·         9% (volume cap) LIHTC:

ii. Acquisition/Rehabilitation – maximum developer fee of 10% of the acquisition costs and 15% of the rehabilitation costs (excluding developer fee) or $3,750,000 (whichever is less). 

Minimum Rehabilitation Requirement- Minimum rehabilitation expenditures must be the greater of the minimum rehabilitation threshold identified in Section 42 IRC or the cost of work identified by the Capital Needs Assessment attributable to address immediate repairs, replacements or upgrades.



Acquisition/Rehabilitation applicants have a minimum affordability period that must exceed any pre-existing affordability period by no less than 30 years.


Applicants electing to commit to an additional use period beyond the initial 15-year LIHTC compliance period (collectively the Extended Use Period) will be awarded points based on the table below. The election will be recorded in the Restrictive Covenant Document. Points will be awarded based on the following:

Total Extended Use Period (Total Length of Affordability Commitment)

·         61 years or more –7 points

·         55 to 60 years - 4 points

·         50 to 54 years - 3 points

·         45 to 49 years - 2 points

·         40 to 44 years - 1 point

·         Less than 40 years - 0 points


The 2019-2020 Hawaii QAP defines High Cost Area Designation Newly constructed buildings located outside of designated Difficult to Develop Areas or Qualified Census Tracts qualify as a high cost area. The additional LIHTC available from the “basis boost” will be used to offset the high cost of construction and land throughout the state.

Y15, Qualified Contract

Applicants that elect to waive the right to exercise a request for a qualified contract pursuant to Section 42(h)(6)(E)(i)(II) of the IRC will be awarded 20 points.

Owners may choose to cancel the QC Application at anytime during this process. However the owner will only be able to request a QC once during the entire additional use period of the project. Withdrawing the application will count as the only time an owner can request a QC Application.

Community Revitalization Plans

The 2019-2020 Hawaii QAP states that if the project is located in a qualified census tract, and the project will redevelop existing housing which contributed to a concerted community revitalization plan, as determined by HHFDC, the project may gain up to 2 points. Examples of sites include location in an Enterprise Community, Empowerment Zone, or part of a County redevelopment plan.

Contributed By: 
National Housing Trust

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