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patrick.russell

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Staff has posted the 2019 QAP and Rules Project Plan to the Department’s website: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/multifamily/nofas-rules.htm

Staff has proposed the following as broad questions to keep in mind and specific issues to address in the coming months:

Broad questions that may guide our discussion throughout 2018 include the following:

 

  1. How should the QAP treat applicable Fair Housing Requirements?

  2. How can the scoring structure best address widely varying needs across the State (as well as within rural and urban subregions)?

  3. How to optimize the providing of services and benefits to tenants? And how to maximize the value of TDHCA’s annual LIHTC allocation while also providing meaningful tenant services?

  4. Which scoring items can move from an “all-or-nothing” structure to a weighted structure that offers multiple scoring options, so as to encourage greater competition among Applicants? Once identified, how might this be accomplished?

  5. Which policy changes are conducive to implementing a two-year QAP?

  6. Some proposed changes to the 2018 QAP offered in public comment once it was posted as a proposed rulemaking were too significant to implement as a result of public comment. Their common themes included ideas relating to:

    Costs and HTC Efficiency
    Tie-Breaker Factors
    Opportunity Index menu items and distances to amenities
    Population limitations for certain scoring items


Specific issues that may serve as the initial points of departure as staff and stakeholders begin composing the 2019 QAP and Rules include the following:

 

  1. Recognizing, but also containing, rising costs and encouraging HTC allocation efficiency

  2. The inclusion of employment data in competitive scoring items

  3. Weighting scoring items to encourage more competition among Applicants and more fine-tuned public policy that responds to quantifiable, real estate metrics.
    1. Weighting opportunity index menu items

    2. Weighting underserved area scoring criteria

    3. Etc.

  4. Better categorizing resident services, and accurately reflecting the value of items with weighted scores

  5. Better categorizing common and unit amenities, and accurately reflecting the value of items with weighted scores

  6. Any other topics identified during the course of this project.

 

We welcome input on the questions and issues identified above, and any other topics that stakeholders would like to propose for the upcoming roundtables.

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