The pandemic exacerbated already crisis-level supply constraints in affordable housing. The multifamily asset class is notoriously challenging to develop for a number of reasons, but a recent report from Capital One and the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California Berkeley found that fragmented funding sources was among the biggest challenges for affordable housing developers. However, there are key moves that local governments can do to enhance the effectiveness of affordable housing funding sources, namely LIHTC.

To ease the financing burden, the report recommends governments reduce fragmentation, align funding sources at the state level and enhance coordination among funding sources. “In The Complexity of Financing Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Housing in the United States, we identify the following three key solutions for state and local governments to ensure that the LIHTC program works as effectively as possible since the program has been one of the most successful program to address affordable housing needs in this country,” Desiree Francis, head of community finance at Capital One and a member of the Terner Center team,” tells

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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