The Chicago Department of Housing (DOH) is now accepting applications for the 2021 LIHTC round through July 2.

The 2021 QAP includes recommendations from the country’s first Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA) that DOH conducted last year, to achieve even greater equity in the developments it supports. REIAs examine how different racial and ethnic groups will likely be affected by a proposed action or decision.

The recommendations include increasing opportunities for developers and contractors of color to participate, ensuring tenant applicants are not unfairly screened out by conviction records or credit scores and addressing residents’ mental health needs.