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/.

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 plan will be presented to the Department’s Board and then HOME-ARP anticipates holding at least one public hearing during a subsequent 15-day comment period. To receive notices about the release of the draft plan, comment period and public hearing, please sign up for our “Homelessness Issues, Programs and Policies” topic in the email list.

Dependent on plan development and HUD approval, eligible activities may include development of affordable rental housing, supportive housing, development of non-congregate shelter, tenant based rental assistance, supportive services, and operating costs for eligible nonprofit organizations.

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.

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