About Special Needs Housing Projects

About Special Needs Housing Projects

HMFA’s Supported Housing and Special Needs Division administers financing and support programs for service-enriched housing developments, housing for people with special needs and provides technical assistance and coordination within HMFA and other state agencies.

The Division works to improve the housing situation for some of New Jersey’s most vulnerable citizens, including people with developmental disabilities, consumers of mental health services, the homeless, the frail elderly, people with HIV/AIDS, youth who are aging out of foster care, youth leaving the juvenile justice system, ex-offenders re-entering communities, and other under-served communities.

Please refer to the links on the Special Needs homepage for details on HMFA’s program resources for developing housing for people with special needs, as well as special design considerations for your projects.

Or, contact the Supported Housing and Special Needs Division at 609-278-7603.

Tax Credit Supportive Housing Cycle

The Supported Housing and Special Needs Division works with the Agency’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program to support submission and review of applications for the Supportive Housing Cycle under the Agency’s Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP). The Supported Housing and Special Needs Division partners with the Tax Credit Division to review proposed qualified (meeting the threshold) projects that serve people with special needs.

Currently, Special Needs Projects in which at least 25% of the tax credit units are rented to a special needs population and which provide appropriate supportive services are eligible to apply to the Special Needs Cycle. Additional points may be provided to those applications which demonstrate the provision of on-site or off-site education and job training assistance.

For more detailed and up-to-date information, including the definition of special needs projects, examples of targeted special needs populations, as well as examples of supportive services, see the Low Income Housing Tax Credits page.