State helping Irma victims seeking housing in Tenn.

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The Tennessee Housing Development Agency is waiving all family income and one- year lease restrictions on vacant apartment units in its Low Income Housing Tax Credit program for victims of Hurricane Irma who temporarily relocate to Tennessee.

Typically, rental properties built or renovated with the help of federal housing tax credits under the Tax Credit program must restrict the lease of some or all units to households of low income. However, THDA and the IRS have announced they will waive these income restrictions if the prospective tenant has been displaced by Hurricane Irma from one of the 16 counties in Florida that have been declared federal disaster areas.

The 16 Florida counties first announced in the declaration are Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota and St. Johns.

Displaced households from Hurricane Irma looking for short-term or long-term housing in Tennessee can find vacancies at LIHTC properties and other rental options by visiting TNHousingSearch.com.