The following states have or will revise their Qualified Allocation Plans (QAP) for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. If you're aware of any current QAP activity in your state or locale not listed here or included in our online QAP Round-Up, please contact us.
ARIZONA: The Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH) released their draft 2024-2025 QAP. Projects can earn 10 points for certifying to one of the following green building certifications: NGBS Green (Silver or higher); LEED (Silver or higher), or 2020 Enterprise Green Communities.
Home Innovation praised ADOH for including third-party green building certifications. We also recommended that ADOH incentivize the achievement of third-party water efficiency ratings; specifically by adding a Water Efficiency section to the 2024-2025 QAP where buildings can earn points for pursuing a Water Rating Index (WRI) score.
CONNECTICUT: The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority released their final 2024-2025 QAP. The QAP offers 2 competitive points to projects certifying to NGBS Green (Gold level); Enterprise Green Communities 2020; or LEED (Gold). Projects can earn 3 points for certifying to higher-level certifications, namely NGBS Green Emerald; LEED Platinum; or Living Building Challenge Core Ready.
GEORGIA: The Georgia Department of Community Affairs released their draft 2024-2025 QAP. The draft QAP requires projects to obtain a green building certification to one of the following recognized programs: NGBS Green; EarthCraft; Enterprise Green Communities; or LEED for Homes. The 2024-2025 draft QAP removed Green Globes Certification as an option for this requirement.
MICHIGAN: The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) released their final 2024-2025 QAP. MSHDA’s Green Policy requires all projects to receive one of the following third-party green building certifications: NGBS Green; LEED; or EGC. Projects may earn additional points for receiving an additional higher level of certification, to one of the following: NGBS Green+ NET ZERO ENERGY; Enterprise Green Communities Plus; LEED Zero Energy, or PHIUS+.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire Housing is holding a public forum to seek feedback for the 2025-2026 QAP. The public forum will be held on September 25th at 1pm virtually and at their office location. The 2023-2024 QAP awards 5 points for Passive House and Living Futures Net Zero certifications. Two points are available for NGBS Green (Gold level), LEED (Gold), or Enterprise Green Communities certifications. NGBS Green Partners are encouraged to praise New Hampshire Housing for their recognition of credible, third-party green certifications.
NEW MEXICO: The New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA) released their draft 2024 QAP. The draft 2024 QAP does not recognize any third-party green building programs.
Home Innovation requested that MFA expand its Property Standards requirements to incentivize or require that funded projects certify to a comprehensive green building or water efficiency rating program, specifically, recognizing the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) and the embedded Water Rating Index (WRI).
OHIO: The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) released their draft 2024-2025 QAP. The current QAP requires projects to certify to one of the following green building certifications: NGBS Green (Silver or higher), LEED (Silver or higher), or 2020 Enterprise Green Communities. The draft 2024-2025 added Green Globes Certification and PHIUS Core Certification as additional options to this "Green Certification" section requirement.
Home Innovation praised OHFA for requiring green building certifications for all new construction projects and specifically including NGBS Green. Home Innovation also recommended that the Green Globes certification option be paired with additional requirements so that the option is on-par with the other residential green building programs that require mid-construction inspections and performance testing. We also recommended that the PHIUS Core option be removed from the Green Standards list as a mandatory requirement and instead be treated as a competitive point opportunity.
TENNESSEE: The Tennessee Housing Development Agency published their draft 2024 QAP. They held a virtual public hearing on August 30th and accepted written comments in early September. The current QAP and draft 2024 QAP do not recognize any third-party green building programs.
Home Innovation submitted comments requesting that the agency include green building programs in the QAP. HI staff also made oral comments during the public hearing to convey the value of including third-party green building programs.
Note: Home Innovation’s NGBS Green Scoring Tools are only authorized for purposes of certification. We ask that partners not use the scoring tool to demonstrate achievement of QAP criteria when NGBS Green certification is not being pursued. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact us.