The 651 State and local Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) that qualified for an annual HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) allocation for FY 2021 are eligible to receive HOME American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) grants. HOME-ARP funds will be allocated using the HOME Program formula. The HOME-ARP allocations were announced on April 8, 2021.
HOME-ARP funds must be used to primarily benefit individuals or families from the following qualifying populations:
- Homeless, as defined in section 103(a) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11302(a));
- At-risk of homelessness, as defined in section 401(1) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11360(1));
- Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking, as defined by the Secretary;
- In other populations where providing supportive services or assistance under section 212(a) of the Act (42 U.S.C. 12742(a)) would prevent the family’s homelessness or would serve those with the greatest risk of housing instability;
- Veterans and families that include a veteran family member that meet one of the preceding criteria.
HOME-ARP funds can be used for four eligible activities:
- Production or Preservation of Affordable Housing
- Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)
- Supportive Services, including services defined at 24 CFR 578.53(e), Homeless Prevention Services, and Housing Counseling
- Purchase and Development of Non-Congregate Shelter. These structures can remain in use as non-congregate shelter or can be converted to: 1) emergency shelter under the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program; 2) permanent housing under the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program; or 3) affordable housing under the HOME Program.
Administrative and Operating Funding
HOME-ARP provides up to 15 percent of the allocation for administrative and planning costs of the PJ and subrecipients administering all or a portion of the grant. In addition, HOME-ARP can provide up to 5 percent of its allocation for operating costs of Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), other non-profit organizations, and homeless providers. Additional HOME-ARP funding is available to these organizations for capacity building activities.