The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) appropriated $5 billion to communities across the U.S. to provide housing, services, and shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations.
As part of the ARPA, Harris County was awarded and anticipates an allocation of $16,747,366 in Home Investment Partnerships Grant – American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) funds to help create affordable housing and services for the homeless, people at risk of homelessness, persons fleeing domestic violence, and other vulnerable populations. Harris County will request this funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through a Substantial Amendment to the 2021 Annual Action Plan.
HOME-ARP funds can be used for the following eligible activities:
- Acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation of affordable rental housing (such as transitional or permanent housing, group homes, single room occupancy (SRO) units)
- Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) (such as rental assistance, security deposits, utility deposits, and utility payments).
- Supportive Services (such as housing counseling, homelessness prevention, childcare, job training, legal services, case management, moving costs)
- Acquisition and development of Non-Congregate Shelters (non-congregate shelters are buildings that provide private units or rooms as temporary shelter)
- Non-Profit Operations/Capacity Building
HOME-ARP funds must be used to primarily benefit individuals or families from the following “qualifying populations:”
- Homeless persons (sheltered and unsheltered)
- Persons at risk of homelessness (housed but at risk of homelessness)
- Persons fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking
- Other families requiring supportive services or housing assistance that would prevent homelessness or serve those at greatest risk of housing instability
- Veterans and families that include a veteran family member that meets one of the preceding criteria
The community outreach and engagement process for the HOME-ARP grant provided multiple opportunities for consultation that included the creation of this summary webpage, stakeholder/organizations and focus group meetings, (2) online surveys in English and Spanish, 15-day comment period of the Draft Harris County HOME-ARP Allocation Plan (AP), and (2) public hearings to intake feedback and input on the plan.
Thank you to everyone that took the time to respond to the surveys. We had amazing participation and received a total of 135 survey responses that helped us identify priorities for activities and funding for this grant. The surveys are now closed and were online from January 25, 2022, through February 25, 2022. Survey responses can be found in the appendix of the draft document.
COMMUNITY & FOCUS GROUP MEETINGS
The Stakeholder/Organization virtual meeting was held on February 3, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. and it was a big success! Over 40 participated with 17 organizations represented. Organizations discussed gaps and barriers to providing services and provided ideas for recommendations for funding with the HOME-ARP grant funds. The meeting can be viewed by clicking this link: HOME ARP Stakeholder Meeting.
PUBLIC HEARING – March 21, 2022
The public may comment on the draft HOME-ARP Allocation Plan and proposed budget during the 15-day comment period from Monday, March 7, 2022, to March 22, 2022 by submitting by email to: email@example.com, by mail: HCCSD, ATTN. Planning, 8410 Lantern Point Dr., Houston, TX 77054, by voicemail at 832-927-4700, or at the Public Hearing on Monday, March 21, 2022, 10:00 A.M. (Virtual Public Hearing), Teams Virtual Meeting (Join us at this link) https://msteams.link/1YZ3
Or call in (audio only) +1 281-985-1862,,485027920# US, Houston, Phone Conference ID: 485 027 920#
The public hearing was conducted in English, however; Spanish and sign language interpreters were available upon request. HCCSD will provide reasonable accommodations for persons needing special accommodations (interpreter or other). Requests should be received by HCCSD staff 48 hours before the public hearing. For more information on the draft Harris County HOME-ARP Allocation Plan or requesting special accommodations, please contact Jason Moreno at (832) 927-4827, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Summaries of public comments and responses are available in the draft HOME-ARP Allocation Plan.
For more information about the Harris County HOME-ARP Program, please contact us at: email@example.com
For information about the HOME-ARP program, please see the HUD Exchange Website at: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/home-arp/
Check back soon for updates to the HOME-ARP Program!