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Missouri Low Income Housing Tax Credits Need Your Help! We Have a Toolkit!

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:

1) Powerpoint Presentation

2) Key points to use in your advocacy efforts

3) A calendar with social media prompts

4) Email addresses and Twitter handles for all members of the House and Senate

5) A Twitter tutorial. (Please remember, when sending tweets, Please include the hashtags #SaveMOHousing and #MOLeg at the end of your tweets.)

6) A letter to MHDC from 22 mayors from throughout Missouri

7) A pie chart explaining how each LIHTC dollar gets spent (Spoiler: only about a dime of each dollar goes to the developer.)

8) MOWHA’s response to MHDC’s Qualified Allocation Plan

Below are the email address of the MHDC Commissioners:

Jeff Bay: jbay@vomer.com

Bill Miller: wmiller129@stlcc.edu or bmiller007@charter.net

Treasurer Eric Schmitt: Jonathan.Hensley@treasurer.mo.gov (surrogate)

Jason Crowell: jcrowell@ohkylaw.com

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson: ltgovinfo@ltgov.mo.gov

Atty. General Josh Hawley: attorney.general@ago.mo.gov

Gov. Eric Greitens will.scharf@governor.mo.gov (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!