Windowless Sleeping Room Exception Update
“If approved by Minnesota Housing, up to one bedroom within a dwelling unit may be windowless, provided the bedroom includes borrowed natural light and meets applicable building codes.”
We recently learned that HUD may not be in agreement with approving windowless sleeping rooms in buildings receiving Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) and other federal assistance.
We are currently awaiting official clarification from HUD. Therefore, if you are planning to submit a funding request to Minnesota Housing involving new construction or adaptive re-use and the building design includes windowless sleeping rooms, please be aware this project may be ineligible to receive LIHTCs and other federal assistance. We will send clarification as soon as we receive word from HUD.