Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

HOME American Rescue Plan

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs was allocated approximately $132 million in HOME American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds in a one-time allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HOME-ARP is based on HUD’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program annual funding infrastructure (More information on HOME annual funds can be found online at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/home-division). HOME-ARP also has significant differences compared to the HOME annual program. The differences include waivers of certain federal regulations and waivers to create new activities, as described on HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/home-arp/.

Qualifying populations for HOME-ARP include:

  • Households that are experiencing homelessness;
  • Households at-risk of homelessness, with waiver to allow for income up to 50% Area Median Income (AMI) (30% AMI without the waiver);
  • Households fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking;
  • Households with 30% AMI with severe housing cost burden defined as paying more than 50% of monthly household income toward housing costs;
  • Households who have qualified as homeless previously, are currently housed with temporary/emergency assistance, and who need additional housing assistance or supportive services to avoid a return to homelessness; or
  • Veterans (and their families) that meet one of the above definitions.

Announcements

Staff has summarized the HOME-ARP Draft Plan for the public hearings listed under Planning Process. HOME-ARP Draft Plan Summary for Public Hearings (PDF)

Planning Process

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is in the process of developing the plan that HUD requires for use of HOME-ARP. Consultations on uses of the funds were held in October, 2021.

The draft HOME-ARP plan was approved to be released for public comment at TDHCA’s January 13, 2022 Governing Board Meeting. The draft plan is available at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/public-comment.htm. The public comment period is from Friday, January 14, 2022, to Monday, January 31, 2022.

Written comments may be submitted by e-mail to Naomi Cantu, HOME-ARP Director, at naomi.cantu@tdhca.state.tx.us or by mail at:

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
c/o Naomi Cantu
P.O. Box 13941
Austin, Texas
78711-3941

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. Austin Local Time on January 31, 2022.

The Department will hold two public hearings: one in-person and one virtual. The hearings are being held to receive oral comments on the TDHCA’s HOME-ARP plan.

The virtual hearing will take place online on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Austin Local Time. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/577565081687108622.

The in-person hearing will take place at the following time and location:
Thursday, January 27, 2022
2:00 p.m. Austin Local Time.
Health and Human Services Winters Building
701 W 51st Street, Room 560W
Austin, TX 78751

Individuals who require a language interpreter, auxiliary aids or services for one of the hearings should contact Nancy Dennis, ADA Responsible Employee, 512-475-3959 or nancy.dennis@tdhca.state.tx.us, or contact Relay Texas at (800) 735-2989 at least three days prior to the hearing date so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Personas que hablan español y requieren un intérprete, favor de llamar a Danielle Leath al siguiente numero (512) 475-4606 o por correo electronico danielle.leath@tdhca.state.tx.us por lo menos tres días antes de la junta para hacer los preparativos apropiados.

Once the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs’ HOME-ARP plan is approved by HUD, one or more Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) will be released for competition. The release of the NOFAs will be sent through the email list and posted online at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/nofa.htm.

Program Guidance and Regulations

HOME-APR Guidance

HOME Annual Funding Regulations

Overarching Regulations

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For updates, please subscribe to “Homelessness Issues, Programs and Policies” topic on the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs’ email list.

Please direct questions or comments to naomi.cantu@tdhca.state.tx.us.