CalPFA’s Affordable Housing Bond Program provides for-profit and nonprofit developers access to tax-exempt bonds to finance low-income multifamily and senior housing projects. A qualified developer can finance a project at a lower interest rate than available through conventional financing because the interest paid to bondholders is exempt from federal income tax. In addition, the use of tax-exempt bonds also facilitates eligibility for the federal government’s 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.
Developers who agree to set aside a portion of a financed project’s units for low or very low income tenants are eligible for tax-exempt financing. A minimum of 20% of the units must be set aside for individuals earning no more than 50% of the area median income. Alternatively, developers have the option of providing 40% of the units to individuals at or below 60% of the area median income.
CalPFA understands the challenge of ensuring tenant income and rent compliance required to maintain the tax-exempt bond and tax credit eligibility. To assist affordable housing borrowers, CalPFA provides access to HCS Housing Compliance Software suite to ensure tenant eligibility and streamline the ongoing reporting requirements associated with multifamily housing regulatory compliance.
Many affordable housing project financing requests are subject to availability and an award of volume cap allocation from the state in which the proposed project is located. CalPFA will assist potential borrowers in this effort when necessary.
For more information regarding CalPFA’s Affordable Housing Bond Program or project eligibility, please contact a CalPFA Program Administrator.