HOME American Rescue Plan
The Eugene Springfield HOME Consortium (Consortium) will receive $4,728,637 through the new HOME Investment Partnership Program – American Rescue Act (HOME-ARP) program to support and increase housing opportunities serving specific qualifying populations. The qualifying populations are people experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, and those at greatest risk of housing instability, with attention to veterans meeting one or more of those categories.
As with annual HOME funds, the Eugene Springfield HOME Consortium Governing Board (Governing Board) decide specific funding priorities. More information is available about the Governing Board.
HOME-ARP Allocation Plan
Please see the link to open the HOME-ARP Allocation Plan that was approved by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in August 2022.
The Consortium considered priorities and strategies for how to use the HOME-ARP funds for eligible activities to meet the needs, based on the results of the required needs and gaps assessment. Following a public comment period and public hearing, the Governing Board voted June 21, 2022 to approve the final Allocation Plan which enabled the Consortium to amend the “2021 Annual Action Plan” (which includes the budget for HOME funds).
HUD has now approved the allocation plan and made the HOME-ARP funds available to the community. The funds will be made available to developers through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process, similar to the RFP process to award regular HOME funds. All HOME-ARP funds must be expended by September 30, 2030.
The proposed uses of the HOME-ARP funds are the following:
- Developing rental housing
- Supporting vulnerable communities with services such as housing counseling
- Non-profit operating assistance for non-profits that receive HOME-ARP funds for housing development or supportive services
- Administration: a portion of the funds would be used by Eugene and Springfield to manage the program.
The draft Allocation Plan was approved by the Governing Board May 17, 2022. A virtual open house event to present the draft allocation was held May 26, 2022. The slides from the presentation can be accessed here.
In the Spring of 2022, the Consortium conducted a needs and gaps assessment of the qualifying populations and the current supply of housing and services. The Consortium consulted with housing and services providers about the needs of the qualifying populations and how HOME-ARP funds could best make an impact. In addition staff researched documented data about the qualified populations and the availability of housing and services for the population in Eugene and Springfield. The results of the analysis were incorporated into the Allocation Plan.