Register by February 26 for the Consolidated Request for Proposals and Technical Assistance Kickoff
There is still time to register for the 2021 Request for Proposals (RFP)/2022 Housing Tax Credits (HTC) Round 1 Kickoff event on Wednesday, March 3.
We will share new information about the 2021 RFP/2022 HTC Round 1, including an overview of the Consolidated RFP process and timeline; Minnesota Housing’s strategic priorities and selection standards; and tips for application submission, including dual application submission.
Learn about updates to project scoring, the new web-based Scoring Wizard, new Tenant Selection Plan guidelines and important architectural updates. Whether you are new to the Consolidated RFP or have applied previously, the Consolidated RFP and TA Kickoff will be informative.
Learn more and register today!
2021 Multifamily Consolidated Request for Proposals/2022 Housing Tax Credits
Round 1 Application Dates 
The expected dates for the 2021 Multifamily Consolidated Request for Proposals (RFP)/2022 Housing Tax Credit (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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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.
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.
Section 811 Project-based Rental Assistance (PRA) Program
Section 811 PRA is a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The purpose of Section 811 PRA is to expand the supply of supportive housing that promotes and facilitates community integration for people with significant and long-term disabilities. In partnership with Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Housing was awarded funding for approximately 160 new units of PRA.
Section 811 PRA are anticipated to be available for units for people with disabilities through the 2021 Consolidated RFP. Applicants must submit an 811 pre-application to determine eligibility for the program prior to submitting a full Consolidated RFP application. Applicants will be notified about eligibility for the program prior to the application due date. More information about the program will be provided after the award agreement is finalized with HUD via eNews and can also be found on the Section 811 webpage.
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?
26th Annual Working Together Conference
Minnesota Housing is proud to sponsor one of the premier multifamily affordable housing educational events of the year. Join multi-housing providers virtually from around the state at the annual Working Together Conference for two days of learning, training and networking designed to empower you and your staff to overcome obstacles, understand market conditions and share ideas.
When: April 14-15, 2021
More information is available at www.mmha.com.
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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