Earlier this week, HUD announced the allocation of over $689 million through the nation’s Housing Trust Fund (HTF) for affordable housing. The HFT is capitalized through contributions made by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The 2021 allocation represents an increase in funding of over $367 million from 2020. A list of state allocation can be found here.
The HTF is specifically focused on housing for the most vulnerable populations. States must use at least 80 percent of their annual grant for rental housing, up to 10 percent for homeownership, and up to 10 percent for reasonable administrative and planning costs. HTF funds can be used for the production or preservation of affordable housing through acquisition, new construction, reconstruction, and/or rehabilitation of non-luxury housing with suitable amenities. HTF-assisted units for a minimum affordability period of 30 years.