Industry Roundtable: Where Does the LIHTC Industry Go?

Less than 24 hours after the election of a president who represents change, more than two dozen affordable housing leaders assembled to hash out ideas for getting through the financial crisis in the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) market.

HUD at the Crossroads

The Obama administration has a golden opportunity to make the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) a more efficient agency for the production of affordable housing, no small task given the current state of the department.

Keeping Your Deal Alive

In the search for tax credit equity, affordable housing developers must give investors multiple reasons to do their deals.

Thursday, Nov. 6th, 2008

Utilizing Historic Tax Credits

Historic tax credits can be a great development tool for affordable housing developers, though navigating the regulatory process can be tricky, said panelists at AHF Live.

The Best Debt Financing Strategy in an Unpredictable Market

Despite a capital markets meltdown, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are still providing debt financing at reasonable rates, and even the FHA is emerging as a viable alternative for tax credit developers, said panelists at AHF Live.

Establishing Upfront Feasibility

The dearth of tax credit equity, more conservative debt underwriting standards, and vanishing sources of soft capital are making it much more difficult to pencil out deals.

The Case for Supportive Housing

Despite a shortfall in critical financing, supportive-housing proposals can compete with other deals, said executives at the “Serving Special-Needs Populations and Underwriting Tenant Services” panel at AHF Live.

Green Building Makes Progress

Green building is here, and affordable housing developers had better get used to it. That was the message from panelists at AHF Live.

Friday, Nov. 7th, 2008

Equity Outlook

In a year when low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) equity is way down, the industry is also seeing a shift toward proprietary funds, said several LIHTC syndicators.

2008 Readers’ Choice Awards Slideshow

Affordable Housing Finance magazine recognized 12 developments as part of its 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards at a luncheon at the end of AHF Live: The Tax Credit Developers’ Summit on Nov. 7 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Charles Werhane, vice chairman and chief operating officer of Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.—the sponsor of the awards luncheon—helped to present the honors.


Affordable Housing Hall of Fame 2008 Inductees Slideshow