The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) voted to eliminate State LIHTCs from its annual funding plan for 2018 on November 17, 2017. The plan is now out for public comment and MHDC meets on December 19th to make a final decision. Jeff Smith, executive director of the Missouri Workforce Housing Association (MOWHA), hosted a strategy meeting on Tuesday, the 28th. At this meeting, a comprehensive strategy for direct advocacy, press, and social media was rolled out. We need help with advocacy from everyone who believes in the need for affordable housing in Missouri.
We are calling these tools the LIHTC Advocacy Tool Kit. Everything you need and detailed instructions are included. Start by viewing the PowerPoint presentation. You can access the complete toolkit below:
5) A Twitter tutorial. (Please remember, when sending tweets, Please include the hashtags #SaveMOHousing and #MOLeg at the end of your tweets.)
7) A pie chart explaining how each LIHTC dollar gets spent (Spoiler: only about a dime of each dollar goes to the developer.)
Below are the email address of the MHDC Commissioners:
Jeff Bay: firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Eric Schmitt: Jonathan.Hensley@treasurer.mo.gov (surrogate)
Jason Crowell: email@example.com
Lt. Gov. Mike Parson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Atty. General Josh Hawley: email@example.com
Gov. Eric Greitens firstname.lastname@example.org (surrogate)
Please view the PowerPoint presentation and do as much as possible to advocate for a change in the status of the vote coming up on December 19, 2017. Thank you for your help and your support of affordable housing for Missouri’s most vulnerable people!