The HOME Investment Partnerships American Rescue Plan Program (HOME-ARP) provides funding to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability across the country. The North Suburban Consortium (NSC), which includes Malden and seven other communities, received $7.3 million in HOME-ARP funds that must be spent by 2030. The NSC is in the process of developing its Allocation Plan describing how these funds will be used. The Allocation Plan process includes community and stakeholder engagement and will incorporate public input. Once the Allocation Plan has been completed, it will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for approval. The NSC will begin funding HOME-ARP projects and programs once the Allocation Plan has been approved.
Get Involved in the Allocation Plan
The Allocation Plan describes how the North Suburban Consortium intends to distribute HOME-ARP funds and how these funds will address the needs of qualifying populations.
Through consultation with the Balance of State Continuum of Care, homeless and domestic violence service providers, veteran’s groups, public housing agencies, and organizations that address fair housing, civil rights, and the needs of persons with disabilities, the NSC will put together a needs assessment and gap analysis of our current housing inventory, shelter, and service delivery systems. This input will be gathered through stakeholder interviews, roundtables, and an online survey that will be available in the first two weeks of April 2022. The information collected, along with data from existing reports, will be used to inform the needs assessment and gap analysis. The needs assessment and gap analysis will serve as the rationale for the NSC’s decision on which services to fund and the production goals it will set.
When available, a full draft of the Allocation Plan will be publically available for comment for 15 days. In addition, the NSC will host a public hearing where it will describe the various aspects of the plan and answer questions from the public. The Allocation Plan draft will include a needs assessment and gap analysis, a description of how the NSC will distribute HOME-ARP funds, the amount of funding set aside for each eligible activity type, an affordable rental housing unit production goal, and establishment of preferences, if any. All comments will be considered before final submission of the plan to HUD for approval.
Survey Dates: April 4, 2022 – April 21, 2022
Draft Allocation Plan – under development, anticipated June 2022
Public Hearing Date: TBD – anticipated June 2022
Public Comment Period: TBD – anticipated June 2022
How can HOME-ARP funds be used?
HOME-ARP funds may be used for the following eligible activities:
Acquisition, rehabilitation, and/or new construction of affordable rental housing
Tenant-based rental assistance
Non-profit operating and capacity building assistance
Acquisition or new construction of non-congregate shelter units
The eligible activities must benefit the following qualifying populations:
At-risk of homelessness
Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking
Households requiring services or housing assistance to prevent homelessness
Households at the greatest risk of housing instability