In September 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated $1,965,737 in Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) American Rescue Plan funding to the Southwestern NC HOME Consortium, which consists of Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Clay, and Graham counties. This supplemental funding (HOME-ARP) is part of The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that appropriated funding to HOME entitlement communities to provide housing and services to vulnerable populations experiencing housing insecurity. Additionally, HOME-ARP allows the acquisition or development of non-congregate shelter units to address the needs of those experiencing homelessness. The $1,965,737 in HOME-ARP funding will play a critical role in developing affordable rental housing, providing tenant based rental assistance, supportive services, and addressing affordable housing needs in the southwestern region.

Eligible activities that may be funded with HOME-ARP include:

  • development affordable rental housing;
  • tenant-based rental assistance;
  • provision of supportive services (including but not limited to childcare, job training, legal services, case management, health/mental health services, housing search and financial assistance); and
  • acquisition and development of non-congregate shelter.

Funds must primarily benefit individuals and households in the following qualifying populations:

  • experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness;
  • fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking; and
  • 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.

The Southwestern Commission Council of Governments (the Southwestern Commission), is developing an Allocation Plan that will detail the communities’ priorities for use of the region’s HOME-ARP funding. The Southwestern Commission is conducting multiple public engagement activities, a needs and gaps survey, and stakeholder consultation to garner input that will be included in the draft Allocation Plan. The community engagement and consultation process will help the Southwestern Commission identify housing and service needs priorities in the region that may be supported with HOME-ARP funds.

A public presentation was held on December 14, 2022, to provide an overview of HOME-ARP and answer questions from the community and stakeholders. The Introduction to HOME-ARP presentation may be accessed via the link below.

SW HOME ARP Introduction

The SW NC HOME Consortium is seeking Letters of Interest and Requesting Qualifications to help identify providers of supportive services and financial assistance activities that may be supported with HOME ARP funds in the Consortium area.

An Agency or Organization interested in providing Supportive Services, may complete and submit an electronic copy of the Letter or Interest and Request for Qualifications (instructions and form below) via email on or before Monday, February 6, 2023, by 5:00 p.m., to: [email protected] Please note that this Letter of Interest and Request for Qualifications submittal is for informational purposes only and is not part of a funding or application process. 

Instructions, Appendix A And B Southwestern NC HOME ARP LOI RFQ 2023

HOME ARP Letter Of Interest And Request For Qualifications 1.30.2023

For more information on the HOME-ARP program, visit the Department of Housing and Urban Development at: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/home-arp/  or read the HOME-ARP Notice using the link below: