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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 13. Housing
Agency 10. Virginia Housing Development Authority
Chapter 200. Rules and Regulations for the Allocation of Virginia Housing Opportunity Tax Credits
2/29/2024

13VAC10-200-40. Applications, ranking of applications and award of HOTC.

A. Application for a reservation of credits shall be commenced by filing with the authority an application, on such forms as the executive director may from time to time prescribe or approve, together with such documents and additional information as may be requested by the authority in order to comply with this chapter and to make the reservation and allocation of the credits in accordance with this chapter.

B. For purposes of subsection A of this section, the authority may utilize the application submitted for LIHTC, alone or with an HOTC addendum, or may require an entirely new HOTC application be submitted.

C. The executive director may:

1. Reject any application from consideration for a reservation or allocation of credits if in such application the applicant does not provide the proper documentation or information on the forms prescribed by the executive director.

2. Prescribe such deadlines for submission of applications for reservation and allocation of credits for any calendar year as deemed necessary or desirable to allow sufficient processing time for the Authority to make such reservations and allocations.

3. Divide the amount of credits into separate pools and each separate pool may be further divided into separate tiers. The division of such pools and tiers may be based upon one or more of the following factors:

a. Geographical areas of the state;

b. Types or characteristics of housing;

c. Construction;

d. Financing;

e. Owners;

f. Occupants;

g. Source of credits; or

h. Any other factors deemed appropriate by the executive director to best meet the housing needs of the Commonwealth.

D. The development for which an application is submitted may be, but shall not be required to be, financed by the authority. If any such development is to be financed by the authority, the application for such financing shall be submitted to and received by the authority in accordance with Rules and Regulations for Multi-Family Housing Developments (13VAC10-20).

E. The authority shall review each application, and, based on the application and other information available to the authority, shall assign points to each application as follows:

1. According to points assigned pursuant to 13VAC10-180, Rules and Regulations for Allocation of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits; or

2. Such other methodology for assigning points as determined by the executive director to promote the goals and interests of the Commonwealth in the HOTC program. Such methodology may include prioritizing one or more of the following:

a. Unfunded developments in the At-Large pools of the 9.0% LIHTC competition, in order to produce more LIHTC units in Virginia;

b. Unfunded developments in the Local Housing Authority pool of the 9.0% LIHTC competition or other developments that are a part of a local housing authority's public housing revitalization efforts;

c. 9.0% LIHTC and 4.0% LIHTC developments that have not yet placed in service having equity funding gaps, in order to make such developments feasible;

d. Developments that preserve existing affordable housing;

e. Developments with rents and income limits that are more deeply targeted than required by the LIHTC program;

f. Developments in high-opportunity areas; or

g. Developments providing enhanced tenant services, as defined by the Authority.

3. Of the $60 million of HOTC authorized per calendar years 2022 through 2025, $20 million of such credits shall be first allocated exclusively for qualified projects located in a locality with a population no greater than 35,000 as determined by the most recent United States census (priority developments). Such allocation of HOTC shall constitute the minimum amount of such tax credits to be allocated for priority developments. However, if the amount of such tax credits requested for priority developments is less than the total amount of such credits available for priority developments, the balance of such credits shall be allocated for any qualified project, regardless of location. In allocating or allowing such credits to priority developments, the authority shall give equal consideration to qualified 9.0% LIHTC and 4.0% LIHTC projects.

The executive director may exclude and disregard any application that the executive director determines is not submitted in good faith or would not be financially feasible.

F. Upon assignment of points to all of the applications, the executive director shall rank the applications based on the number of points so assigned. If any pools shall have been established, each application shall be assigned to a pool and, if any, to the appropriate tier within such pool and shall be ranked within such pool or tier, if any. The amount of credits made available to each pool will be determined by the executive director. Those applications assigned more points shall be ranked higher than those applications assigned fewer points. Applications with the highest rankings shall receive allocations up to the allowable amount, determined by the executive director pursuant to 13VAC10-200-30, prior to any allocations to lower ranking applicants.

In the event of a tie in the number of points assigned to two or more projects, the executive director shall select one or more of such applications by lot for an award of credits.

G. Within a reasonable time after credits are reserved to any applicant applications, the executive director shall notify each applicant for such reservations of credits either:

1. Of the amount of credits reserved to such applicant's application by issuing to such applicant a written binding commitment to allocate such reserved credits subject to such terms and conditions as may be imposed by the executive director therein and by this chapter, or

2. That the applicant's application has been rejected or excluded or has otherwise not been reserved credits in accordance with this chapter.

H. The authority's board shall review and consider the analysis and recommendation of the executive director for the reservation of credits to an applicant, and, if it concurs with such recommendation, it shall by resolution ratify the reservation by the executive director of the credits to the applicant, subject to such terms and conditions as it shall deem necessary or appropriate to assure compliance with the binding commitment issued or to be issued to the applicant and this chapter. If the board determines not to ratify a reservation of credits or to establish any such terms and conditions, the executive director shall notify the applicant of the board's determination.

I. The authority shall provide the Department of Taxation with copies of HOTC award letters and eligibility certificates, or summary reports of the HOTC award letters and eligibility certificates no less than annually.

J. In the event the Authority terminates an applicant's award of LIHTC pursuant to 13VAC10-180-60 or the applicant enters into a cancellation agreement with the Authority for such award, the award of HOTC shall also immediately terminate or be canceled, as applicable, and the Authority will notify the Department of Taxation accordingly.

Statutory Authority

§ 36-55.30:3 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 38, Issue 11, eff. January 1, 2022; amended, Virginia Register Volume 39, Issue 9, eff. December 1, 2022.

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