Lower rates expected to stimulate production and rehabilitation of affordable rental housing
Published January 30, 2016
WASHINGTON – In an effort to help preserve and increase the amount of affordable, quality rental housing across the country, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced a multifamily insurance rate reduction designed to encourage capital financing of affordable and energy-efficient apartments. The rate reductions announced today will take effect on April 1, 2016, and will directly impact FHA’s Multifamily Housing Programs and properties housing low- and moderate-income families and/or developments installing energy-efficient systems or building within federal energy guidelines.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro made the announcement Thursday during a visit to an affordable housing complex in Columbus, Ohio. FHA estimates that the multifamily insurance rate reductions will spur the rehabilitation of an additional 12,000 units of affordable housing per year nationally, meaning over the next three years nearly 40,000 families could benefit from higher quality and affordable housing.
The insurance rate reduction applies to multifamily units on Indian reservations according to Secretary Castro.
“Families across the country are struggling through an affordable housing crisis,” said Secretary Castro. “By reducing our rates, this Administration is taking a significant step to encourage the preservation and development of affordable and energy efficient housing in communities large and small. This way, hard-working families won’t have to make the false choice between quality or affordable housing.”
FHA’s new annual multifamily insurance rates include:
For ‘Broadly Affordable’ housing (at least 90% of the units are under Section 8 contract and/or covered by Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) affordability requirements), FHA is lowering annual rates to 25 basis points, a reduction of 20 or 25 basis points from current rates.
For Affordable mixed-income properties that is properties that set-aside units based on affordability including partial LIHTC, partial section 8, inclusionary zoning, or other local affordability requirements, FHA is lowering annual rates to 35 basis points, a reduction of 10 to 35 basis points from current rates.
For energy-efficient properties (those committed to industry-recognized green building standards, AND committed to energy performance in the top 25 percent of multifamily buildings nationwide), FHA is lowering annual rates to 25 basis points, a reduction of 20 to 45 basis points. Qualification for the top 25% will be determined using EPA’s Portfolio manager 1-100 score.
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