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)
  • 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
  • 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) developed an Allocation Plan outlining the communities’ priorities for the region’s HOME-ARP funding. To create this plan, the Southwestern Commission conducted multiple public engagement activities, a needs and gaps survey, and stakeholder consultations to gather input. This comprehensive community engagement and consultation process enabled the Southwestern Commission to identify and prioritize the region’s housing and service needs that could be addressed 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

View the Allocation Plan below:

Approved SW NC HOME ARP Allocation Plan

SW NC HOME ARP Allocation Plan Amendment (posted 05/17/2024)