Southwestern NC HOME Consortium

Southwestern North Carolina HOME Consortium is a group of governments coming together to receive Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds from HUD.

What is Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)?

Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is a federal grant program through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) providing grant funds on a reimbursable basis to provide decent affordable housing to low-income households, expand the capacity of non-profit housing providers, strengthen the ability of state and local governments to provide housing, and leverage private-sector participation.

HOME can be used for a wide range of activities including:

  • New construction
  • Rehabilitation
  • Down payment assistance
  • Rental assistance
  • Site improvements
  • Acquisition of property
  • Relocation costs
  • Project related soft costs
  • Activities of Community Development Housing Organizations (CHDOs)
  • Program administration, planning, capacity building (up to 15% of the budget)

How do these grants make a difference in our area?

The SW NC HOME Consortium serves Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Clay, and Graham counties. Haywood County is the lead entity for the consortium and Southwestern Commission administers the program. The Consortium receives $626,350 each year. The Consortium awards HOME funds based on the Consolidated Plan’s identified priorities. If you would like to see the plan, please contact Caroline LaFrienier at the phone number or email below.

Please check back for more information regarding the application process.

SW NC HOME Consortium Contact:

Caroline LaFrienier
Senior Project Manager
[email protected]
828-586-1962 ext.218


Consortium Resources

HOME- American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funding Information

SW NC HOME Consortium FY 2022 Annual Action Plan

SW NC HOME Consortium FY 2023 Annual Action Plan DRAFT

FY 2023 Draft Annual Action Plan posted July 17, 2023. The public is invited to provide comments on the Annual Action Plan. Comments must be received by August 15, 2023. The public may provide written comments via email to [email protected] or mail to Caroline LaFrienier 125 Bonnie Lane Sylva, NC 28779. 

Arrangements will be made to provide technical assistance, participation, or review of any or all parts of this announcement or the details of the Southwestern NC HOME Consortium FY 2022 Annual Action Plan, in a manner that is effective for persons with disabilities or any person with Limited English Proficiency (LEP).

Southwestern NC HOME Consortium CAPER

SW NC Home Consortium’s Citizen Participation Plan

The Citizen Participation Plan describes the opportunities for citizens to participate in the development of the Consolidated Plan and future amendments to the plan.

SW NC HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan

A Consolidated Plan is required by HUD to inform the allocation of HOME funds both annually, and over a five-year period. The Plan describes the housing needs and market supply for low-to-moderate-income households, as well as special needs populations and includes a five-year strategic plan and an annual action plan.

SW NC HOME Funding Application

Applicants who are interested in applying for HOME funds from the Southwestern NC HOME Consortium should fill out the above application. The application is to be submitted to Caroline LaFrienier by Friday, August 4th, 2023 at 5pm. Questions can be directed to Caroline LaFrienier at 828-586-1962 ext. 218 or [email protected]. The HOME funding application review scorecard can be viewed at the link below. 

SW NC HOME Application Review Scoring Sheet

Funding applications will be reviewed by the SW NC HOME Consortium Board of Directors at a meeting on Friday, August 25th, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. at the Southwestern Commission office: 125 Bonnie Lane, Sylva, NC 28779. The agenda for the meeting is below.

8 25 23 SW NC HOME Agenda

External Resources

Summary of “American Rescue Plan: Local Government Funding for Affordable Housing Development” by UNC School of Government’s Tyler Mulligan

Swain County Housing Study
Macon County Housing Study
Jackson County Housing Study
Haywood County Housing Study
Graham County Housing Study
Clay County Housing Study
Cherokee County Housing Study