Howard J. Smith


Howard J. Smith, Principal and co-founder of Smith NMTC Associates, LLC, draws on 30 years’ experience in real estate development law, finance, construction and a JD from Washington University School of Law. Formerly a practicing attorney, Howard has worked as a CFO at a regional realty company; a developer and Development Counsel at a national design-builder, and since 2006 as principal of Smith NMTC Associates, LLC which specializes in the use of New Markets Tax Credits and other creative capital funding sources to capitalize for-sale affordable housing projects and community development initiatives throughout the country.

Armed with a groundbreaking idea shaped through his ongoing work with Habitat for Humanity, Howard developed the NMTC Housing Model, which applies federal New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs) to “for-sale” affordable housing as a funding vehicle for Habitat for Humanity affiliates. His ability to simplify and streamline an extremely complex federal tax program has enabled the continual and flexible flow of funds into distressed communities throughout the country. In 2007, Smith NMTC partnered with Habitat for Humanity International in a CDE Smith operates and manages for HFHI that received and fully deployed 3 allocations totaling $103 million of NMTCs.  Since 2008, Smith NMTC has deployed an additional $410.8 million to nonprofit developers working with 13 other CDEs. Currently, Smith partners with The Housing Partnership Network (HPN) and has deployed $70 million in NMTCs to 9 HPN members, and will deploy an additional $50 million awarded in 2019. Howard has also structured and facilitated New Markets Tax Credits transactions funding university housing and science laboratory buildings; nonprofit social service agency office buildings; office and warehouse buildings and science and technology business incubator facilities, community centers and early childhood care and education facilities.

Howard also has served as president, general counsel and continues to be a member of the Habitat for Humanity St. Louis board of directors for over 20 years; and in 1999, he was among three attorneys in Missouri to be awarded the Pro Bono Publico Award for his work in affordable housing issues throughout the state. He also has served on the board of directors and as president of Central Reform Congregation in the City of St. Louis; and, for 7 years as adjunct professor at St. Louis University Law School teaching Advanced Real Estate Transactions. Additional volunteer activities include serving as a board member with For Pete’s Sake, a St. Louis-based charity that funds education-focused nonprofits, helping to equalize the educational playing field. He has also worked as general counsel for Northside Team Ministries, a local youth-support organization.

Howard is the author of a number of articles, including “Mosaic Communities: An Innovative Approach to Funding and Revitalizing Low Income Communities”How to Make QLICIs of Less than $5M “Work”, and Complex, But Worth It: A Case Study on Using New Markets Tax Credits in Arkansas. Smith NMTC Associates and their NMTC Housing Model was also discussed in an April 2018 article called “NMTC Practitioners Finding Ways to Complete Small Deals” featuring Smith NMTC Associates and others.