The HOME Investment Partnerships American Rescue Plan Program (HOME-ARP) provides funding to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability across the country. The North Suburban Consortium (NSC), which includes Malden and seven other communities, received $7.3 million in HOME-ARP funds that must be spent by 2030. The NSC is in the process of developing its Allocation Plan describing how these funds will be used. The Allocation Plan process includes community and stakeholder engagement and will incorporate public input. Once the Allocation Plan has been completed, it will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for approval. The NSC will begin funding HOME-ARP projects and programs once the Allocation Plan has been approved.
Get Involved in the Allocation Plan
The Allocation Plan describes how the NSC intends to distribute HOME-ARP funds and how these funds will address the needs of people who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, fleeing domestic violence, require services to prevent homelessness, or are otherwise at the greatest risk of becoming homeless (the HOME-ARP “qualifying populations”).
Through consultation with the Balance of State Continuum of Care, homeless and domestic violence service providers, veteran’s groups, public housing agencies, and organizations that address fair housing, civil rights, and the needs of persons with disabilities, the NSC will put together a needs assessment and gap analysis of its current housing inventory, shelter, and service delivery systems. This input will be gathered through stakeholder interviews, roundtables, and an online survey that will be available in the first two weeks of April 2022. The information collected, along with data from existing reports, will be used to inform the needs assessment and gap analysis. The needs assessment and gap analysis will serve as the rationale for the NSC’s decision on which services to fund and the production goals it will set.
Once complete, a full draft of the Allocation Plan will be publicly available for comment for 15 days. In addition, the NSC will host a public hearing where it will describe the various aspects of the plan and answer questions and receive input from the public. The draft Allocation Plan will include a needs assessment and gap analysis, a description of how the NSC will distribute HOME-ARP funds, the amount of funding set aside for each eligible activity type, an affordable rental housing unit production goal, and establishment of preferences, if any. All comments will be considered before final submission of the plan to HUD for approval.
Draft Allocation Plan – under development, anticipated June 2022
Public Hearing Date: TBD – anticipated June 2022
Public Comment Period: TBD – anticipated June 2022
How can HOME-ARP funds be used?
HOME-ARP funds may be used for the following eligible activities:
- Acquisition, rehabilitation, and/or new construction of affordable rental housing
- Tenant-based rental assistance
- Supportive services
- Non-profit operating and capacity building assistance
- Acquisition or new construction of non-congregate shelter units
The eligible activities must benefit the following qualifying populations:
- At-risk of homelessness
- Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking
- Households requiring services or housing assistance to prevent homelessness
- Households at the greatest risk of housing instability
The NSC was awarded $7,275,299 in HOME-ARP funds. 15% of these funds can be spent on program implementation and administration. The NSC anticipates using this full amount to fund its HOME-ARP programs between now and 2030, and plans to use the remaining $6.2 million for other eligible activities.