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National Housing Trust Fund

The Governor has designated the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) to be the administrator of the National Housing Trust Fund program in Wisconsin.

The National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) was created by the Housing & Economic Recovery Act of 2008, and was designed to provide additional resources to construct and rehabilitate housing for extremely low-income families across the nation.  The first funding awards through the NHTF were made in 2016.  It is expected that each state will continue to receive an annual allocation of NHTF funds in the future.

For copies of past Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plans, questions, or comments, please contact

2021 Housing Trust Fund

Affordable housing developers throughout Wisconsin submitted applications for the May 2021 National Housing Trust Fund round totaling $5.5 million to fund a total of 533 low-income and affordable workforce housing units. WHEDA administers the federal program and anticipates a total of $1.3 million will be available. Seven developers in Ashland, Brown, Dane, Fond du Lac and Milwaukee counties submitted applicaitons. View the list of applicants ­here.

Projects eligible for the May 2021 round of National Housing Trust Funds include those that received 2020 or 2021 federal 9% or federal 4% and state 4% housing tax credits. The Housing Trust Fund financing is intended to expand the number of units available for households at or below 30% of area median income. Read more about this round of Housing Trust Funds in our news release.

The July 2021 Housing Trust Fund round will make $3 million available for projects applying for the 2021 Innovative Housing Set-Aside (IHSA) of 9% Housing Tax Credits. 

HTF Applications must be submitted as an addendum to a complete HTC application. IHSA materials can be accessed at this link:

Note - Applications will be accepted until September 3 at 5:00 PM CST


Housing Trust Fund Application Materials