Minneapolis and St. Paul Update Low Income Housing Tax Credit Programs
There are several LIHTC administrators in Minnesota and each of them lists smoke-free housing as a priority in their QAP. This increases smoke-free housing opportunities for low-income renters and promotes health equity in a community’s housing stock. Two administrators, the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, recently updated their 2021 Low Income Housing Tax Credit programs. Now, in order for a housing project in Minneapolis or St. Paul to receive a point on the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) for having a smoke-free policy, the policy must prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in addition to smoking other forms of commercial tobacco.
Minneapolis and St. Paul also updated the language in the QAP to make a distinction between commercial and traditional tobacco. Traditional tobacco has been used in sacred ways by Indigenous communities and tribes for centuries. Making this distinction respects these traditions.