DHCD Proposes Amendments to 2021-2022 QAP

On April 23, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) posted proposed amendments to the 2021-2022 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP). The proposed amendments are to reflect the affordable housing funding competitions for 2021 and to change competitive scoring requirements related to development teams and minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) policies, practices, and procurement.

The amendment has been posted to DHCD’s website at the following link:  https://www.mass.gov/service-details/qualified-allocation-plan.

DHCD will hold a virtual public hearing on the proposed amendment on Thursday, May 13,  2021, at 11:00 a.m. If you wish to participate in the virtual hearing, please contact Bertha Borin at (617) 573-1309 or bertha.borin@mass.gov to receive the access codes for the hearing. 

Written comments can be submitted by e-mail to rebecca.frawley@mass.gov or catherine.racer@mass.gov. If you would prefer to mail your comments, please contact DHCD directly to be provided with the street address to use. Comments may be submitted prior to the close of business on May 20, 2021.

The QAP is a document that Massachusetts is required to develop in order to distribute federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs), which can be awarded only to affordable housing developments that fit the QAP’s priorities and criteria. The QAP must spells out DHCD priorities and specify the criteria it will use to select projects competing for tax credits.