The preservation of properties with federal project based rental assistance is one of Minnesota Housing’s key strategic priorities. Federal project-based assistance allows more than 60,000 lower income renter households to spend no more than 30% of their income on housing. Most of these Section 8, USDA Rural Development, NAHDSDA (tribal housing), and other units were built in the 1970s and 1980s and are in need of recapitalization. 

In the annual Request for Proposals (RFP) funding round, Minnesota Housing is prioritizing properties for preservation that are at risk of losing federal rental assistance due to poor physical condition, diminished owner capacity or owner commitment, or at risk of conversion to market (opting out of the rental assistance program). 

Required RFP Pre-Application

Projects applying for 9% tax credits that intend to claim preservation points or the preservation strategic priority in the 2020 QAP must submit a preservation pre-application. For 2020 HTC Round 1, the application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2019.  For 2020 HTC Round 2, the application must be submitted 30 days before the Round 2 deadline

The preservation pre-application must be submitted in its entirety, with all required documentation. No subsequent submissions will be considered in determining whether the project meets the preservation criteria. Applications that are determined to meet the preservation criteria will receive a Determination of Preservation Eligibility letter that should be submitted as part of the RFP application. If it is determined that a project does not meet the preservation criteria, submits an incomplete pre-application, or does not complete the pre-application process, it will not be eligible to claim preservation points or the preservation strategic priority.

Preservation pre-application materials are now available in the Multifamily Customer Portal. To learn more about the Portal and to request a user account, visit our Multifamily Customer Portal Resources web page. We encourage early submission of pre-application materials, so that Minnesota Housing staff can provide the Determination letter well in advance of the RFP application deadline.

Projects that have received a Preservation Determination letter in 2020 HTC Round 1 do not need a new letter if they resubmit in 2020 HTC Round 2.

Projects not seeking 9% credits may submit pre-application materials for review and feedback, though a Determination letter will not be issued.

Dual Application

If a project applies for 9% credits and claims preservation points, and the property has 40 or more units, a dual bond/4% application must also be submitted.

Preservation Tutorial

To help you better understand Preservation Risks of Loss and project tupes, watch the Preservation Tutorial (10:56) or view the slides.

Technical Assistance

We strongly encourage setting up a technical assistance (TA) meeting.  In order to make the technical assistance meeting productive, we recommend applicants submit the Multifamily Workbook and the information on the selected Risk of Loss in advance of the scheduled TA session to

(If using Firefox to open the Workbook, you may be prompted to open the file or save the file. Please use "Save As" option to download these files, rather than "Open").


For questions or to set up a technical assistance meeting, contact the Underwriting Manager Anne Heitlinger, at 651.296.9841.