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HUD Announces Multifamily Low Income Housing Tax Credit Pilot Program



On February 3, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2012-1 to launch a new pilot program to streamline FHA mortgage insurance applications for projects with equity from the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. The program utilizes a separate application and processing system and during its first phase will provide permanent financing for low risk transactions. The Letter outlines eligibility requirements and the application process for the program and notes that the three-year rule waiver set to expire this month is extended for an additional year for tax credit projects that participate in the pilot. According to HUD’s press release, the pilot program is being launched in Chicago, Detroit, Boston, and Los Angeles.