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Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Affordable Rentals in Indian Country

December 6, 2019

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Kenneth Whaley CSWEP Summer 2019 Economics Fellow

Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Affordable Rentals in Indian Country

In this article, I assess the scope of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program and how this major affordable rental housing construction subsidy has reached Indian Country and other tribal statistical areas. To frame this discussion, I first provide a qualitative overview of program details and efforts to incentivize development in tribal areas. Then, using publicly available data on the locations and characteristics of rental units built under this program, I describe supply trends in LIHTC projects in tribal areas relative to other locations in the United States over time. The goal of this article is to provide insight into how the complex relationship between economic incentives and policy objectives creates a unique challenge for LIHTC development in tribal areas.

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