­­Get a Jump Start on your Application: The 2021 Multifamily Workbook is Now Available
Several important 2021 Consolidated Request for Proposals (RFP)/2022 Housing Tax Credits (HTC) Round 1 application pieces that allow applicants to get started sooner are available now on our website:
The following items will be available later in March:
  • 2021 Underwriting Standards
  • 2021 RFP/2022 HTC Scoring Guide
  • Three Year Critical Needs Model
  • Supportive Housing Materials
All other application materials are scheduled to be released on April 14.
Consolidated RFP/HTC Round 1 TA Kickoff Recording Available
Minnesota Housing hosted a 2021 Consolidated RFP/2022 HTC Round 1 Technical Assistance Kickoff event on March 3 followed by breakout sessions for small group preliminary technical assistance. For those of you who were able to attend, thank you for participating!
For those of you who couldn’t attend, you can listen to the recording and view the slides on our website
2021 Multifamily Consolidated RFP/2022 HTC Round 1 Application Dates 
The expected dates for the 2021 Multifamily Consolidated RFP/2022 HTC Round 1 are listed below.
  • Thursday, February 11: Pre-application released for Innovative Construction Techniques
  • Mid-March: Early release of key Consolidated RFP application materials and Section 811 PRA pre-application (Section 811 PRA pre-application release is contingent on a final award agreement between Minnesota Housing and HUD.)
  • Wednesday, April 14 at noon: Pre-application for Innovative Construction Techniques due
  • Wednesday, April 14: Consolidated RFP published and Intent to Apply and application materials available in the Multifamily Customer Portal
  • Thursday, May 20 at noon: Intent to Apply deadline
  • Thursday, May 20 at noon:  Section 811 PRA Program pre-application due
  • Thursday, June 10: Applicants will be notified of Section 811 PRA Program eligibility
  • Thursday, July 15 at noon: Multifamily application deadline including site control, qualification forms, and financials.
  • December: Minnesota Housing Board meeting
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Upcoming Training Opportunities for the Scoring Wizard and the New Self-Scoring Worksheet
Scoring Wizard
We are excited to announce a new Scoring Wizard for the Self-Scoring Worksheet that all applicants will use for scoring their application to the 2021 Consolidated RFP. The Scoring Wizard is a new tool within the Multifamily Customer Portal that will replace the Excel version of the Self-Scoring Worksheet. In addition to a live demo at the March 3 TA Kickoff, Minnesota Housing will be hosting two live training opportunities.
2022-2023 Self-Scoring Worksheet
Minnesota Housing is committed to providing training on the new 2022-2023 Self-Scoring Worksheet. In addition to one-on-one, project-specific technical assistance, two live training opportunities will be hosted to provide an in-depth look at the scoring and supporting documentation requirements.
All trainings will be recorded and posted on our website.
Innovative Construction Techniques Pre-application
New to this year's Multifamily Consolidated RFP, Minnesota Housing is offering a selection preference for projects that will use Innovative Construction Techniques (ICT). To be eligible for this selection preference, a pre-application is required for projects that will achieve or will pilot a technique to achieve one or both of the following goals: 
  • reduce total construction cost by at least 10%, and/or
  • reduce the time a project is under construction by at least 20%.
Please refer to the 2022-2023 Self-Scoring Worksheet and the Innovative Construction Techniques Pre-application Requirements for additional details on how the preference will be used to evaluate different project proposal types that apply in the Multifamily Consolidated RFP, and in accordance with the 2022-2023 Qualified Allocation Plan and the Consolidated RFP Application Instructions.
Pre-Application Submission Deadline and Instructions
ICT pre-applications are due by 12:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, April 14. Minnesota Housing will review pre-applications and inform applicants whether their proposed ICT is approved for the ICT preference no later than Wednesday, May 12.
Please submit the required items listed in the Innovative Construction Techniques Pre-application Requirements to mhfa.app@state.mn.us via the Multifamily Secure Upload Tool. Please review the Secure Upload Tool Instructions for more information about the submission process.
For questions about ICT, please contact Mike Thomas, Staff Architect at mike.thomas@state.mn.us or 651.276.1170.
Projects with Existing Minnesota Housing Debt
If a preservation project has existing Minnesota Housing debt that you want counted under Financial Readiness in the Self-Scoring worksheet, contact the Request for Action (RFA) team no later than Friday, May 28, 2021. If you don’t contact us by this date, Minnesota Housing staff may not have time to process your request which could impact scoring.
Questions about the Consolidated RFP/HTC Round 1?
Reminder: Supportive Housing Engagement Session with Service Providers
What does it mean when you agree to be a service provider for supportive housing units?
When: Wednesday, March 10, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Supportive housing service providers still have time to register to attend an engagement session with Minnesota Housing staff to talk about what it means to be a service provider for supportive housing units. This session will cover the following:
  • Expectations and requirements for supportive housing in the Multifamily Consolidated RFP application for capital funding
  • Closing due diligence process 
  • Supportive housing standards
  • Project performance and tenant outcomes
This will be an interactive session and we want your feedback and questions about supportive housing! While this session is primarily for supportive housing service providers, developers, owners and property managers are also welcome to attend.
Register for the engagement session
Looking to Rehab a Property Outside of the Consolidated RFP?
Minnesota Housing offers amortizing first mortgages year-round with terms up to 35 years! You can refinance and/or rehab properties of any age by using the proceeds of a LMIR loan. Did you know that equity cash-out is permitted with refinances? Fix up your existing properties or invest in other housing opportunities by refinancing today.  
Contact Caryn Polito to learn more and get started. 
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