HOME American Rescue Plan
The Eugene Springfield HOME 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.
As with annual HOME funds, the Eugene Springfield HOME Consortium Governing Board will decide specific funding priorities. More information is available about the Governing Board.
The eligible uses of the HOME-ARP funds are the following:
- Developing rental housing
- Assisting tenants with rent
- Developing individual permanent shelter for people experiencing homelessness
- Supporting vulnerable communities with services such as housing counseling
- Non-profit operations: up to 5% of the total funds may be used for operating costs
- Administration: a portion of the funds would be used by Eugene and Springfield to manage the program.
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 population and the availability of housing and services for the population in Eugene and Springfield. Please see the links below for the results of the analysis.
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 needs and gaps assessment. The Consortium will draft an “Allocation Plan” and an amendment to the “FY22 Annual Action Plan” (the budget for HOME funds) and will lead a decision process. Following a public comment period and public hearing, the Governing Board will vote to approve the Allocation Plan. The plan will be submitted to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for approval. HUD will release the HOME-ARP funds to the community when the Allocation Plan is approved. Spending of the funds must be complete by September 30, 2030.
The draft Allocation Plan will be considered by the Governing Board May 17, 2022. The draft will be posted here, and comments can be submitted to Erin Fifield through June 20, 2022.