There are two primary scoring documents all applicants should review thoroughly, paying careful attention to the required documentation and terms:
Minnesota Housing will defer to the supporting documentation when awarding points (e.g. using dollar amounts, voucher amounts, etc. in the supporting documentation). Some frequently asked questions are clarified below.
Financial Readiness to Proceed/Leveraged Funds
All permanent capital contributions that meet the supporting documentation requirements should be counted in the Financial Readiness to Proceed/Leveraged Funds calculation. Minnesota Housing has created the Scoring Calculation Worksheet to help applicants with scoring. Applicants are encouraged to complete the worksheet and submit it with their application in the Financial Readiness to Proceed/Leveraged Funds checklist item in Multifamily Customer Portal.
Minority-owned/Women-owned Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE)
An Executive Director of a government entity would not qualify for MBE/WBE points. Board composition does not qualify.
This category only includes non-capital sources of funding. If applicants are using in-kind donations such as land, materials or labor, documentation that supports the market value must be submitted in order for points to be awarded. For example: documentation for land donations could include an appraisal, tax assessment information, or a broker opinion with comparable properties or other reasonable data.
Park Dedication Fees
Waivers of city fees, including park dedication fees, count towards the Other Contributions scoring calculation.
People with Disabilities (PWD) and Age Restricted Projects
PWD points cannot be claimed for projects with age restrictions. Therefore, projects with age restrictions are ineligible for PWD points.
Some of the selection criteria in the Self-scoring Worksheet prohibit points being claimed for the same units in multiple categories. Minnesota Housing will validate this by using the information you provide in the rent and income grid of your submitted Multifamily Workbook. Refer to the information in the HTC and Deferred Scoring Guide for additional information. Examples of some of the categories that are impacted include:
- High Priority Homeless and People with Disabilities
- Serves Lowest Income and Rental Assistance
- Preservation and Rental Assistance
Pay close attention when structuring and scoring the project. The unit distinctions must be evident in the rent and income grid of the Multifamily Workbook in order for points to be awarded.
If applicants would like to request revisions of a location’s Walk Score, contact Walk Score directly at email@example.com. Walk Score staff will review the request and make necessary adjustments to scoring within 45 business days. If an address can’t be found in the Walk Score tool, use the closest intersection within ¼ mile of the proposed location. For more information, contact Kody Thurnau at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.215.5972.