HOME American Rescue Plan Program (HOME-ARP)

Background Information

On March 11, 2021, United States Congress appropriated $5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to assist individuals or households who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of experiencing homelessness, and other vulnerable populations, by providing housing, rental assistance, supportive services, and non-congregate shelter, to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability across the country.

California was appropriated $155 million in HOME-ARP funds which will be administered by HCD. HCD will prepare and submit an allocation plan to United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which must be accepted before funds are released.

Program Allocation Plan

A HOME-ARP draft allocation plan is underway and will include information collected from consultations, data surveys and public comment forums. Consultations will take place with continuums of care, homeless and domestic violence service providers, veterans’ groups, tribal entities, public housing agencies, public agencies that address the needs of program beneficiaries and public or private organizations that address fair housing, civil rights, and the needs of persons with disabilities. These consultations will take place in early 2022. Data is actively being gathered to perform needs assessments and gap analyses. A 15-day public comment period will commence and the anticipated completion and submittal date to HUD is Summer 2022.

After HUD accepts the plan and releases the HOME-ARP funds, the NOFA will be announced. Information will be updated here as it becomes available.

Eligible Applicants

Developers, including Native American entities and local public entities operating in eligible communities.

Eligible Activities

HOME-ARP funds can be used for the following eligible activities:

  • Production or Preservation of Affordable Housing
  • Purchase and Development of Non-Congregate Shelter
  • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)
  • Supportive Services, Homeless Prevention Services, and Housing Counseling
  • Nonprofit Operating and Capacity Building Assistance

Program Beneficiaries

  • Individuals and families experiencing homelessness
  • Those at risk of becoming homeless
  • Fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking
  • At greatest risk of housing instability or for whom supportive services or assistance would prevent homelessness

Regulations

Webinars

Frequently Asked Questions

Resources

Survey and Focus Group

The survey is designed to gather information from stakeholders and community members about homelessness needs in your community and HOME-ARP eligible projects being planned. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and will be available until March 28, 2022

HOME-ARP Community Survey

HCD will also be holding three virtual focus groups to gather the following information:

  • Identifying unmet needs and gaps in housing or service delivery systems.
  • Determine the HOME-ARP eligible activities HCD should undertake.
  • What HCD should consider in the HOME-ARP program design and implementation.

Please register for a focus group below:

Focus Group A

Day: Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Target Audience: Community Members, Continuums of Care, Homeless Service Providers, and Victim Service Providers

How: Focus Group A Registration
Focus Group B

Day: Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Target Audience: Community Members, Public Housing Authorities, Fair Housing Advocates, Civil Rights Organizations, Disability Rights
Organizations and state/local/private serving the needs of people experiencing homelessness.

How: Focus Group B Registration
Focus Group C

Day: Thursday, March 17, 2022
Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Target Audience: Community Members, Multi-Family Housing Developers, Non-Congregate Shelter Developers and Local Public Entities, Tribal Partners

How: Focus Group C Registration