In 2021, Congress appropriated $5 billion in ARP funds to be administered through HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program to address the need for homelessness assistance and supportive services within communities. The City of Hampton was allocated $1,954,965 in HOME-ARP funds to support eligible activities for qualifying populations. In order to expend HOME-ARP funds, the City must develop and submit an Allocation Plan to HUD for review and approval. The approved Allocation Plan will become a substantial amendment to the City’s FY 2021-2022 Annual Action Plan.

HUD’s Notice CPD-2 1-10 details the requirements for the use of funds in the HOME-ARP program. The City of Hampton is one of 651 jurisdictions awarded funding to support activities that primarily benefit qualifying individuals or families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or in other vulnerable populations. HUD Notice CPD-21-10 describes the four (4) eligible activities along with the qualifying populations (individuals or families) that are able to benefit from the funding.

The four (4) eligible activities are:

  1. Development and support of affordable housing.
  2. Tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA).
  3. Provision of supportive services; and
  4. Acquisition and development of non-congregate shelter units.

Qualifying individuals or families are those that are:

  1. Homeless, as defined in section 103(a) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 11302(a)) (McKinney-Vento”).
  2. At risk of homelessness, as defined in section 401 of McKinney-Vento.
  3. Fleeing, or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking.
  4. Part of other populations where providing supportive services or assistance would prevent a family’s homelessness or would serve those with the greatest risk of housing instability; or
  5. Veterans and families that include a veteran family member that meet the criteria in one of (1)-(4) above.

As part of the allocation planning, localities are required to consult with local agencies to assess needs, gaps, and opportunities where the HOME-ARP funds could be applied. The HOME-ARP Stakeholder Questionnaire and Registration Form will be used to collect comments that will be included in the plan submitted to HUD. If you wish to register for the upcoming informational session, please indicate Yes on the form to register. A link will be sent out to access the meeting via Zoom. 

For more information, please refer to the Department of Housing & Urban Development website below: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/home-arp/