The Federal Tax Reform Act of 1986 created Low-Income Housing Tax Credits for qualified residential properties to encourage the production of affordable low-income rental housing. The program offers a reduction in the tax liability to owners and investors of qualified affordable rental housing projects relating to the acquisition, construction or rehabilitation of low-income rental housing units.

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of the City of Saint Paul (“HRA”), through its role in the Minneapolis/St Paul Housing Finance Board, is a Suballocator of 9% and 4% Housing Tax Credits (HTCs). The HRA solicits applications for 9% HTCs through an annual Notice of Funding Availability (details below). The HRA allocates 4% HTCs in conjunction with an issuance of Housing Revenue Bonds. HTC program materials and forms can be found at the links below.

Public Notice Request for Applications - Year 2023 Low Income Housing Tax Credits

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority (“HRA”) of the City of Saint Paul is accepting applications for reservation and allocation of Year 2023 9% Housing Tax Credits (HTCs) for eligible rental housing developments located within the boundaries of the City of Saint Paul. The HRA is anticipating an allocation of $815,604 in Year 2023 9% HTCs.

NOTE: Current HOUSING TAX CREDIT PROGRAM COMPLIANCE MANUAL as well as other relevant tax credit compliance information is available on the Affordable Housing Connections website.


All applications, including those mailed, must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2022. No late proposals will be accepted. The HRA reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.

Application Materials

Applicants should review the 2022-2023 Housing Tax Credit Procedural Manual, Qualified Allocation Plan and the requirements for all exhibits before submitting an application. The HTC Manual, Qualified Allocation Plan and additional materials are as follows:

Carryover, Placed in Service and Additional HTC Exhibits

Application Fees

  • Initial application fee: An application fee made payable to Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority must also be submitted with the application. Applications submitted by for-profit developers shall be subject to an application fee of $700 or $30 times the number of units of the proposed developments with a maximum of $2000 whichever amount is greater. The fee for applications submitted by non-profit developers shall be equal to $700. The application fees are non-refundable.
  • Allocation upon receipt of award: At such time, a project is awarded an allocation of tax credits, the application will be required to submit payment of a nonrefundable Allocation Fee made payable to the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority in an amount equal to 1.5% of the tax credit allocation award. Allocation fee will also be required for a Carryover Agreement, if needed, and the issuance of the IRS Form 8609.
  • Other fees: The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) now requires that a Suballocator who fails to meet deadlines established by MHFA for the submission of required documents relating to allocation or commitments, carryover, issuance, and allocation reporting shall pay the fees established in the MHFA Qualified Allocation Plan. Consequently, Saint Paul HRA, as a Suballocator, will also require that developers be responsible for meeting the deadlines related to its project and for payment of any related late fees.

Application Submission Requirements

Please submit one (1) original and one (1) electronic (flash drive) copy to:

Vicki Lee
Department of Planning and Economic Development
25 West Fourth Street, Suite 1100
Saint Paul, MN 55102

All applications, including those mailed, must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2022.


Qualified 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for low-income housing tax credits with HRA and/or with the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) through the Metro Twin Cities Area non-profit set-aside pool. To make application for tax credits with MHFA, please call (651) 297-3294.

Upon request, all proposed applications and guideline materials can also be picked up at the Saint Paul Planning and Economic Development Department, 1100 City Hall Annex, 25 West Fourth Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102.

Please note that, though it is not anticipated, these materials are subject to change without notice.

For more information, contact Vicki Lee at (651) 266-6591 or

Last Edited: July 21, 2022