December 28, 2010
Gordon Anderson (512) 475-4743
State housing agency awards $3.9 million for affordable housing in Houston, stabilizing seniors and lifting local economy
(AUSTIN) — The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) today announced that the Department will provide financing to two high quality rental properties in Houston offering reduced rents for seniors yet with an attractive design to blend seamlessly within the community.
TDHCA will provide $1.91 million in housing tax credits to private developers constructing the 153-unit Orchard at Westchase Apartments. At the same time, the Department announced it would provide $1.99 million in credits to help finance the 144-unit Magnolia Place Apartments.
Both developments will feature rents affordable to older tenants earning no more than 60 percent of the area median family income. For Houston, this equals an annual income of $31,260 for a two-person household.
Although both developments failed to receive a share of $68 million in credits through the 2010 Housing Tax Credit Program allocation cycle in July, each was placed on a waiting list in the event credits were returned to TDHCA by other developers. When these credits became available, the Department allocated them to applicants on the waiting list in priority order. Both Orchard at Westchase and Magnolia Place were high enough on the waiting list to secure today’s allocation of credits.
According to TDHCA Executive Director Michael Gerber, today’s awards will help bring greater stability both to low income seniors and surrounding neighborhoods, while providing a significant boost to the city’s economy.
“Working Texans and retirees often have a difficult time finding an affordable place to live,” Gerber explained, “and TDHCA is committed to ensuring all Texans can live in and contribute to the communities of their choice. Besides providing much-needed housing, tax credit developments like these are also a powerful economic engine for local communities, helping generate construction jobs and the payroll, taxes, and fees that help provide essential services at the local level.”
Gerber cited a recent study by the National Association of Home Builders that estimates the one-year impact of a typical 100-unit property developed through housing tax credits to include 56 full-time construction jobs, $5.4 million in total wages and salaries, and $862,800 in taxes and other revenue to state and local governments.
The Housing Tax Credit Program allocation is the state’s primary means of directing private capital toward the creation or retention of affordable rental housing. The tax credits provide private investors with a benefit used to offset a portion of their federal tax liability in exchange for the production of affordable rental housing.
Properties funded though tax credits must reserve a specific number of units for income eligible tenants and cap rents at set levels to ensure affordability. TDHCA provides oversight authority for health, safety, and program compliance for up to 30 years to make certain developers maintain the program’s high standards.
For more information about the Housing Tax Credit Program:
9% Competitive Housing Tax Credit Program
About the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs administers a number of state and federal programs through for-profit, nonprofit, and local government partnerships to strengthen communities through affordable housing development, homeownership opportunities, weatherization, and community-based services for Texans in need.
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