HOME-American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) Overview

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARP”) appropriated $5 billion to communities across the U.S. to provide housing, services, and shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations. These funds were allocated by formula to jurisdictions that qualified for funding through the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME Program) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This special round of funding is called the “HOME-ARP” program.

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Eligible Activities
HOME-ARP funds can be used for four eligible activities: 
  • Production or Preservation of Affordable Housing 
  • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) 
  • Provision of Supportive Services (such as housing counseling, homelessness prevention, childcare, job training, legal services, case management, moving costs, rental applications, and rent assistance)
  • 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.
Eligible Populations
HOME-ARP funds must be used to primarily benefit individuals or families from the following qualifying populations:
  • Experiencing homelessness 
  • At risk of homelessness 
  • Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking 
  • Other populations with a high risk of housing instability (including households that are low-income and highly cost-burdened; that have moved two or more times in the last 60 days; and that are living in a hotel/motel) 
  • Veterans and families that include a veteran family member that meets one of the preceding criteria 

HUD awarded Harris County $16,747,366 in HOME-ARP funds, and Harris County is in the process of developing a robust community engagement plan.

On September 13, 2021, HUD Issued Notice CPD-21-10 that establishes requirements for the grant that includes planning, community engagement, and analysis that must be completed and approved by HUD before funds are made available. Over the coming months, Harris County will engage the public to assess the needs of the community, and opportunities associated with the use of these funds. These discussions will include community meetings and surveys to better gauge public priority areas, a public comment period, and public hearings to intake feedback. These discussions are currently underway and will be ongoing throughout the grant period.

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