The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 appropriated $5 billion to provide housing, services, and shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations. These funds were allocated by formula to jurisdictions that qualified for funding through the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME Program) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This special round of funding is called the “HOME-ARP” program.
In September 2021, HUD awarded the Orange County, NC HOME Consortium (which consists of Orange County and the Towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough) $1,371,401 in HOME-ARP funds.
Eligible activities that may be funded with HOME-ARP include: (1) development and support of affordable housing; (2) tenant-based rental assistance; (3) provision of supportive services (such as housing counseling, homelessness prevention, child care, job training, legal services, case management, moving costs, rental applications, and rent assistance); and (4) acquisition and development of non-congregate shelter units.
Funds must primarily benefit individuals and households in the following qualifying populations:
- Experiencing homelessness (as defined in 24 CFR 91.5 “Homeless” (1), (2), or (3))
- At risk of homelessness (as defined in 24 CFR 91.5 “At risk of homelessness”)
- Fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking, (as defined in 24 CFR 5.2003)
- Other populations with high risk of housing instability (including highly cost-burdened low-income households, households who have moved two or more times in the last 60 days, and households living in a hotel/motel)
HOME-ARP Allocation Plan
Orange County is developing an Allocation Plan to identify priority housing and service needs in the community that may be supported with HOME-ARP funds and to describe the process that will be used to distribute HOME-ARP funds.
- See the draft HOME-ARP Allocation Plan
The public comment period is open from November 16 – December 1, 2021. Comments may be submitted in writing by mail or email, or by telephone to Erika Brandt (contact information under "Program Contact" above).
Orange County residents are also invited to provide their input on the County's use of HOME-ARP funds in this survey.
A Public Hearing will be held to receive input on Orange County’s draft HOME-ARP Allocation Plan during the Orange County Board of Commissioners virtual business meeting on November 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm.
Those interested in watching the meeting can find a link at http://orangecountync.gov/967/Meeting-Videos. Those interested in speaking at the meeting should contact Laura Jensen at email@example.com or 919-245-2130. Anyone requiring either auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or a language translator should contact Marlyn Valeiko on or before November 12, 2021 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-245-2498.