Affordable housing advocates were cautiously optimistic that the House tax reform bill would have only modest effects on low-income housing after the Trump administration’s framework explicitly retained the tax credit responsible for virtually all construction and preservation of low-income housing units—the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

While the House’s tax reform bill does include LIHTCs, the unexpected elimination of private-activity bonds would have devastating effects on the construction and preservation of affordable housing. When combined with other changes the bill proposes, accounting firm Novogradac & Company estimates a loss of nearly 1 million affordable housing units produced over 10 years.

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