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How this Tax Plan Affects Affordable Housing

The irony between actions and words in DC is staggering. This week I was at AHF Live in Chicago, where the dominant topic of discussion was the President’s tax reform. And yet a day after the House passes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) an article is published in which HUD Secretary Carson reminds us that "11 million households in America are severely burdened". To add on a layer of absurdity, Dr. Carson champions RAD as an example of how his Department plans to address the affordable housing crisis yet, no one in this Administration seems to comprehend that the House version of the tax cuts eliminates the Private Activity Bond market, which directly kills the historic, new market and 4% tax credit markets!

The link between the success of RAD and the private activity bond market is strong, as it is estimated that greater than 50% of RAD conversions will require tax credits to address needed repairs and deferred maintenance. The Finger Lake Times described the devastating effect this legislation would have, and how conversions like those planned in New York City would never come to fruition. I have faith that those in the Senate will understand the mechanisms necessary to solve the housing crisis and will not eliminate the 4% bond market.  

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