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Automating the LIHTC Application Process with LISC

LISC Houston
The LIHTC Site Evaluation Tool automates scoring sections of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit application for community partners.
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Problem

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program is the largest source of new affordable housing and offers tax incentives to construct or rehabilitate existing properties. Local community organizations like Avenue CDC, Fifth Ward CRC, and others apply for these tax incentives every year, but the LIHTC program application involves several requirements. Community organizations go through a rigorous and competitive scoring process to assess potential affordable housing sites that includes:

  • Using Google Earth to measure distances from points of interests
  • Manually reconciling disparate data sources
  • Comparing potential sites one-by-one

Our partners needed to reduce the burden of their 'hunt' for sites by automating steps in the LIHTC application process and prioritizing potential locations.

Solution

Moksha partnered with stakeholders at LISC, Avenue CDC, Fifth Ward CRC, and other community organizations to design a tool to relieve some of the pain the LIHTC application process causes each year. Our team facilitated design sessions, conducted user-interviews, and performed extensive research to arrive at a unified solution for our community partners.

We designed and developed a centralized platform and user-interface to aggregate publicly available data sets, input application requirements, and generate scores for potential sites for affordable housing.

The tool allowed our partners to integrate many complex data sets and automate tedious manual tasks to aid in their search for affordable housing sites while using our custom scoring algorithm to more strategically target locations.

Impact

Non-profit organizations should focus on people not on data points. The LIHTC Site Evaluation Tool cuts down the time it takes to evaluate a site, freeing up organization staff time for higher-value tasks. The tool also strives to make a rather unapproachable list of requirements more transparent and auditable.  If users can evaluate faster, they can find more opportunities to build affordable housing.