More Ways to Discover Affordable Housing Development Opportunities

NAHB has added New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Philadelphia, Miami and Phoenix to its exclusive series of maps detailing metro areas where the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) is used to develop new affordable homes. Members can use these maps to better understand the distribution of LIHTC housing in select metropolitan areas and identify where additional housing may be needed.

The maps show each census tract in 20 of the largest U.S. metro areas. Clicking on a specific tract will bring up data from HUD’s LIHTC database and the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey: the percentage of low-income residents, the unit share of tax-credit rentals, the poverty rate, median household income, the unemployment rate and more.

It also identifies areas where most residents have low, moderate or high incomes. In a wealthy area with fewer affordable homes or apartments, there are likely to be better schools and opportunities for better jobs. State housing authorities encourage tax-credit developers to locate affordable housing in such areas. 

Each census tract is color-coded by its concentration of LIHTC units and income category to make it even easier for members to locate areas of opportunity for development of affordable housing.

Additional metro areas available include San Francisco, Charlotte, Atlanta, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Boston, Virginia Beach, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Fort Worth.

Here are examples from the LIHTC maps of the Greater San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Metropolitan Statistical Area.

LIHTC Tool Map of the San Francisco; Census Tract 6085010500 Details and Breakdown

This resource is one of the many membership benefits for Associate and Steering Committee members of the NAHB Housing Credit Group. NAHB will update and provide additional maps to meet membership interest and demand.

To access all of the the maps, Housing Credit Group members should contact Crystal Jackson at 800-368-5242 x8207. Non-members can also contact Jackson to learn how to join.

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