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June 26, 2015

Please be reminded that HOME/NSP Rental Housing Compliance Status Reports are due by July 15, 2015. Beginning this year please submit to both the appropriate County housing office and electronically to Spectrum. The form is available at the HOME/NSP end of year reporting link below.

May 11, 2015

The new 2015 HOME limits have been published.  Please click this blog link for more information. 

March 6, 2015

The 2015 LIHTC Income Limits have been released. See this link to the HUD website.

June 9, 2015

Please see this notice regarding the Spectrum and HHFDC partnership.

April 24, 2015

Effective with 2nd quarter reporting, all properties with HMMF funding are to submit their unit updates not via the Excel spreadsheet used by some but via the Spectrum Software used for LIHTC reporting. Properties submitting a spreadsheet will be asked to update and submit the software database.

Bond units may be identified by checking the bond box in Part VIII of the TIC - something that should already be being done. If a unit is not a bond unit then the box won't be checked.

This will actually make things easier as your database already will be updated and ready for LIHTC submission each year!

April 8, 2015

HHFDC has published 2015 income and rent limits. You will find them in the income limits link below.

Before using the new 2015 limits be sure to check the MTSP limits to determine if your property is "held harmless" at an earlier year. For example, Honolulu County properties, with the exception of properties placed in service after 12/11/12 are held harmless at 2012 levels. Properties placed in service between 12/11/12 and 12/17/13 are held harmless at 2013 levels. Properties placed in service between 12/18/13 and 3/5/15 are held harmless at 2014 levels. Only those properties placed in service from 3/6/15 forward will use the 2015 income limits in Honolulu County.

If your property has HOME funds, the correct income limits until you hear further are the 2014 income limits. HOME does not hold income limits harmless when they decrease!

March 6, 2015

The new 2015 income limits are now available. See this link to the HUD website.

February 1, 2015

There is a new TIC available for download now. This must be used effective immediately. Please see the Required LIHTC Forms tab below.

January 5, 2015

Happy New Year! End of year has been updated for all programs and the Owner Letter has been posted. Let us know if you have questions.

December 21, 2014

Steve Rosenblatt will be in Hawaii April 21-23, 2015 for Fair Housing and his C3P Low Income Housing Tax Credit course. This link will bring you to the Spectrum Seminars website for more details.

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September 8, 2014

End of year forms for LIHTC, RHTF, and RHTF have been revised. Be sure to use the new versions (2014-09) when reporting next year! In addition, a new form has been added to document compliance with HR 467. If you manage multiple programs in one property you only need to complete one HR 467 form but you do need to submit one for each of your properties if you manage more than one. 2014 end of year reports are due by 2/1/15.

July 8, 2014

A reminder that the HOME/NSP Rental Compliance Report for the period from 7/1/13 – 6/30/14 is to be completed and submitted to the County HOME office by 7/15/14.

June 24, 2014

Under the LIHTC Compliance Manual tab you will find a revision to section 2.6 of the tax credit compliance manual. This is the utility allowance section of the manual. Please download and add to your manual.

Please monitor the web site over the summer months for possible additional revisions!

January 23, 2014

The HHFDC has provided 2014 income limits. Please remember that these limits are a guide only. Your limits may differ depending on the program financed with the HHFDC.  You will find the new limits under the Income Limits drop down menu to the left.

January 17, 2014

Revised owner certs are posted and to be used.  Note that if you have already completed the annual report with the version posted in November there is no need to revise. 

December 19, 2013

The new 2014 income limits have been released. Please see this blog post written by Erik Whitton for more information and links.

December 6, 2013

The Verification Procedures for HHFDC Affordable Housing Programs class is coming in February, 2014!  See this flier for more information about location and date: HHFDC FLIER PDF

November 14, 2013

New versions of the LIHTC – RHTF – HMMF Annual Report and Certification of Continuing Compliance forms are posted and must be used when submitting end of year 2012 data. These forms and any related fees are due to the HHFDC (with a copy sent to Spectrum) no later than 2/1/14. The Status Report Database however will be due on March 1, 2014 next year due to updates that have yet to be finalized. Please do not submit or even complete databases until the updates come out to ensure that all newly required HUD data is transmitted.

October 30, 2013

The Social Security Administration has just released the new 2014 COLA adjustments. It has been adjusted to 1.5%. Please see this link for details.

September 27, 2013

Stay tuned!  Lois Churchill will be in Hawaii on February 2 & 3, 2014 for her annual training.  Location TBD.

July 12, 2013

Reminder: HOME Reports due 7/15/13. Send reports to the appropriate county contact and NOT to Spectrum.

May 13, 2013

The HOME rent limits have been published.  See the HUD memorandum here.  See the rent limits here.  

May 1, 2013

Don’t forget to download the newest version of the software to avoid receiving an error message when you attempt to submit your database.  See the EOY drop down menu at the left for the updated version.

April 18, 2013

Thew new 2013-2014 QAP is now available for download.  Click the drop down menu at the left to view the PDF.

March 20, 2013

Home Income Limits are available here.  They are effective 3/15/2013.


All compliance monitoring fee checks are to be made out to and sent to the HHFDC, not to Spectrum!

January 18, 2013

Please see the Memos and Notices menu for a transmittal from the HHFDC regarding 2013 income limits. They must be in use today, 1/18/13. Also, in the Income Limits drop-down menu at the left you will find the HHFDC income/rent limit chart for your reference. Remember, it is up to owners/managers to double check the accuracy of these limits before relying on them.

December 27, 2012

All owners and agents need to submit separate checks for monitoring fees when participating in multiple programs (LIHTC, HMMF and/or RHTF). Owners and agents need to indicate which project and program the fees are for on the checks.

December 12, 2012

2013 LIHTC Income Limits have been revised. Follow this link for more information and clarification.

The effective date of this income limit data is 12/4/2012.  All properties must utilize the new amounts within 45 days.  January 18, 2013 would be the deadline

December 5, 2012

End of year submission letters were emailed to owners/managers of LIHTC, RHTF, and/or HMMF financed properties today. Submission deadline is 2/1/13. You can find those letters under the End of Year drop down menus to the left.

November 28, 2012

Please start using the new LIHTC Employment Verification form available under the Required and Recommended drop down menu at the left.

November 2, 2012

The End of Year Owners report has been updated for the LIHTC/HMMF and RHTF programs. Please see the new forms in the drop down menus to the left.

October 30, 2012

Several forms have been updated or added to the Recommended and Required forms drop down at the left. The revised LIHTC/HMMF TIC and self-certification form are available in Word and in Excel. These forms should be used starting immediately. The HMMF quarterly report is also now posted.

June 15, 2012

The HOME/NSP Rental Compliance Report is due July 15. Find the form and further details under the HOME End of Year forms drop down menu at the left. The report is to show activity from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

January 20, 2012

2012 HOME Rent and Income Limits Published December 7, 2011 The new 2012 income limits have been posted. Please use this link.

November 3, 2011

We have received clarification for HUD’s Hawaii office that for HOME properties annual certification with verification of income using source documents must be done at move-in and every sixth year of an individual tenant household’s tenancy. If you do not currently verify income/assets of HOME tenants each year (allowed only if there are no other affordable programs attached to the property) make sure you are doing so at move-in, in year six, twelve, etc.

March 18, 2011

The HHFDC has published their QAP for 2011-2012. Download from our LIHTC Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) link here or under the drop down menu.

The Section 8 Income verification form has been revised and now may be used in most housing programs at annual certification. (4/10)

  • Memo determining and Verifying Income Eligibility (PDF)
  • Section 8 Income Verification Form (PDF)

With passage of the HR 3221, HUD is required to gather demographic information for LIHTC properties. It is optional on tenants’ part but management must make a ‘best guess’ if not provided. Please begin using this TIC immediately.

  • Updated TIC Form (PDF)

RHTF End of Year Reporting

LIHTC End of Year Reporting


HOME/NSP End of Year Reporting

The HOME/NSP Rental Compliance Report is due July 15 every year (EXCEL)

HOME Compliance Status Report Instructions (PDF) (DOC)

HMMF End of Year Reporting

Memos & Notices

Transmittal from the HHFDC regarding 2013 income limits (PDF)

IRS 8823 Audit Guide (Revised April 2011) (PDF)

HUD 4350.3 REV-1 Change 3 (August 2009) (PDF)

Revised Chapter 5 (PDF)

IRS Notice 2009-44 (PDF)

Memo to Owners/Managers- LIHTC Changes in Annual Certification Procedures (PDF)

HHFDC LIHTC Self-certification of Annual Income Form (PDF)

IRS Final Utility Allowance Regulations (Effective July 29, 2008) (PDF)

LIHTC Qualified Allocation Plans (QAP)

LIHTC Compliance Manual

  • Section1: The Manual Sections (1-7) (PDF)
  • Section2: The Appendixes section (8-28) (PDF)
  • Updated Section 2.6 (PDF) Utility Allowances, effective June 2014

Required and Recommended Forms

Required LIHTC/HMMF Tenant Forms:

  • Application for Housing (PDF)
  • Certification of Zero Income (PDF)
  • Interview Checklist (PDF)
  • Household Eligibility Questionnaire (PDF) *This may be used in place of the interview checklist or recertification update form.
  • Recertification Update (PDF)
  • HHFDC Tenant Income Certification  (PDF) (DOC)
  • HHFDC LIHTC/HMMF Self Certification Form(PDF)

Required HMMF Forms:

  • HMMF Report of Continuing Program Compliance(PDF) (DOC)
  • HMMF Compliance Monitoring Status Report(EXCEL)

Recommended LIHTC Forms:

  • Annuity Verification (PDF)
  • Asset Income Verification (PDF)
  • Authorization to Release Information (PDF)
  • Certification Worksheet (PDF)
  • Child Support or Alimony Verification (PDF)
  • Employment Income Verification (PDF)(DOC)
  • Financial Aid Affidavit (PDF)
  • Investment Verification (PDF)
  • Life Insurance Verification (PDF)
  • No Change In Income Statement (PDF)
  • Pension Verification (PDF)
  • Public Assistance TANF Verification (PDF)
  • Real Estate Asset Worksheet (PDF)
  • Real Estate Verification (PDF)
  • Section 8 Income Verification (PDF)
  • Self Employment Affidavit (PDF)
  • Social Security / SSI Verification (PDF)
  • Student Status Household Verification (PDF)
  • Student Status Household Verification Additional Use (PDF)
  • Student Verification (PDF)
  • Telephone Verification (PDF)
  • Unable to Obtain Third Party Verification (PDF)
  • Under $5,000 Asset Form LIHTC Only  (PDF)
  • Unemployed Status Affidavit (PDF)
  • Unemployment Verification (PDF)
  • Verification of Terminated Employment (PDF)
  • Veteran’s Pension Verification (PDF)

Required HOME and NSP Forms

HOME-NSP Rental Compliance Report

Required RAP Forms

  • Certification and Application for RAP (EXCEL)
  • RAP Certification of Eligibility (WORD) (PDF)
  • RAP Funds Authorization (WORD)
  • RAP TIC Worksheet (PDF)

Income Limits

Monitoring Survey



In Hawaii Spectrum Enterprises performs compliance monitoring for six of the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation’s (HHFDC) affordable housing programs:

  • Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)
  • Tax Credit Assistance Program (TCAP)
  • Grants in Lieu of Low Income Housing Allocations (Section 1602)
  • HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)
  • Rental Housing Trust Fund (RHTF)
  • Rental Assistance Program (RAP)
  • Rental Assistance Revolving Fund (RARF)
  • Hula Mae Multifamily Fund (HMMF)

We also conduct a one-day training seminar every February called “Introduction to Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation’s Affordable Housing Programs.”