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With nearly 15 years of experience developing quality, affordable housing communities, The Annex Group® is able to pinpoint locations around the country that have the greatest need for better housing that working households can afford. We spend an incredible amount of time and resources scouring the country for areas where the need is high. This allows us to produce properties that experience high leasing rates and—most importantly—meet resident needs.

Criteria for Affordable Housing

  • Affordable housing is generally defined as housing on which the occupant is paying no more than 30 percent of gross income for housing costs, including utilities.
  • Income limits for affordable housing tenants vary by location. The limits are based on Median Family Income estimates and Fair Market Rent area definitions for each metropolitan area, parts of some metropolitan areas, and each non-metropolitan county.
  • Qualifying affordable housing projects can receive government funding.
  • For more information on affordable housing criteria, visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentOpen in New Tab.


The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program created by the Tax Reform Act of 1986 has been a vital resource in adding quality affordable housing units to people who need it throughout the United States. At The Annex Group®, we are able to utilize the LIHTC program to produce housing that exceeds resident expectations. Here’s how it works:

  • Each state allocates tax credits based on population from the federal government to subsidize housing. This is key because developing an affordable housing community costs as much as developing a traditional apartment complex.
  • Affordable housing developers apply to receive these LIHTC tax credits, and are selected based upon application criteria.
  • State housing agencies select projects to provide federal funds to based on the benefit to local communities.

Housing matters because a place to call home can bring about a better quality of life for any person, whether renting, utilizing affordable housing or owning. Everyone deserves to have quality housing they can afford available to them. Questions about the affordable housing process? We have compiled some of our most useful articles regarding everything affordable housing.

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What is affordable housing? LIHTC/Affordable Housing Guidelines and RequirementsOpen in New Tab

How communities benefit from affordable housingOpen in New Tab

The affordable housing application process and how it worksOpen in New Tab