2021 Qualified Allocation Plan

The 2021 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) will help the Department of Housing (DOH) direct federal affordable housing funds to the neighborhoods where they are most needed.

The QAP sets forth the rules under which the City offers affordable housing development funding in the form of federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits, commonly referred to as LIHTC. The QAP describes the selection criteria and application requirements for receiving these federal tax credits and tax-exempt bonds.

LIHTC is a public-private partnership in which investors provide equity for low-income rental properties in exchange for a federal tax credit over several decades. LIHTC is the most significant resource available for creating affordable housing in the United States. Without the equity, most affordable rental housing projects do not generate sufficient funds to work financially. The City of Chicago receives a limited number of these housing tax credits to allocate each year based on its population.

The draft 2021 QAP is now available for public review. Starting in 2019, DOH announced its intention to issue a new QAP every two years, allowing affordable housing developers the opportunity to plan and prepare.

In addition to the draft QAP, DOH has also issued the country’s first Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA) on a QAP as a draft. An REIA is an examination of how different racial and ethnic groups will likely be affected by a proposed action or decision. DOH hosted a series of workshops focused on determining the benefits and burdens of the QAP in its current form. Through the REIA QAP, DOH sought to examine the QAP and its processes through a racial equity lens and consider how incorporating the needs of the diverse resident population into its design may garner opportunities for wealth-building and advancing communities developed with LIHTC.

Finally, a draft Architectural Technical Standards (ATS) Manual is also now available for public comment.

DOH is currently accepting public comments on the draft 2021 Racial Equity Impact Assessment, the draft QAP and the draft ATS Manual through April 15, 2021. All comments should be directed to doh@cityofchicago.org. The City intends to issue all three as final documents later this spring.

More information on LIHTC and related public data is available from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Reference Materials

Notice of Public Hearing

Public Notice


QAP Public Comment

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draft 2021 QAP

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draft REIA report

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