Home Investment Partnership Program


The City of Asheville has opened applications for the HOME Investment Partnership Program Funds (HOME).

The application process is online and a training webinar is required in order for applicants to access the link to the application.

The link to the webinar for CDBG and HOME application is here.   Once you complete the webinar and fill in your contact information, an email will be sent to that email address with a link to begin the application. We strongly encourage that senior leadership/ executive directors view the webinar as well in order to be informed of the requirements and processes for these federal funding streams.

Applications may be saved prior to submittal, and applicants will have the opportunity to preview their application before submitting.

Links to necessary attachments are located within the application. Please note that spreadsheet forms and other attachments are linked through Google and cannot be edited directly. Please download a copy to edit, and submit your copy as an attachment at the end of the application.

The deadline for applications is Friday February 7 2020 by 5 pm. 

The City of Asheville’s Community Development staff is holding two sessions for drop-in technical assistance related to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) 2020-2021 grant applications. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the application and the award process, as well as to meet the Community Development Staff.

Drop-in Session 1: Thursday January 16 2020, 9 am – 10:30 am, City Hall, 70 Court Plaza, 5th floor large conference room.

Drop-in Session 2: Thursday January 16  2020, 4 pm- 6 pm, Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston Street in the classroom.

No RSVP is needed for these events. Please feel welcome to reach out to Community Development staff if you have any questions.

We are here to help! Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions, concerns and/or technical assistance. We are always open to your feedback and suggestions.

CDBG and HOME eligibility: Paul D’Angelo / pdangelo@ashevillenc.gov

Homelessness Related grants: Brian Huskey / bhuskey@ashevillenc.gov

Online application process: Megan Gaskell / mgaskell@ashevillenc.gov

 


What is Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)?

Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is a federal grant program through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) providing grant funds on a reimbursable basis to provide decent affordable housing to low-income households, expand the capacity of non-profit housing providers, strengthen the ability of state and local governments to provide housing, and leverage private-sector participation.

HOME can be used for a wide range of activities including:

  • New construction
  • Rehabilitation
  • Down payment assistance
  • Rental assistance
  • Site improvements
  • Acquisition of property
  • Relocation costs
  • Project related soft costs
  • Activities of Community Development Housing Organizations (CHDOs)
  • Program administration, planning, capacity building (up to 15% of the budget)

For more information about the program visit hud.gov

 

How do these grants make a difference in our area?

 

The HOME program serves the four county consortium of Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania and Madison Counties. The City of Asheville is the lead entity for the consortium and administers the HOME funds in the area. The City receives about $1.5 million each year. Much of this is sub-granted to non-profit agencies to increase the stock of safe, decent, affordable housing in our area. The City awards HOME funds based on housing needs from a Housing Needs Assessment which is used to form a Five-Year Consolidated Plan for housing priorities.

After the funding cycle each year, the current funded projects from all of our funding programs along with their descriptions and expected outcomes are published for each fiscal year in our Action Plan. A link to the current fiscal year Action Plan is provided here as well as a list of current HOME projects.

Each fiscal year, HUD requires that a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) be published to show the progress of active projects as well as the outcomes in the previous fiscal year. This is a public accounting of the Federal Funds at work to show what has been accomplished in our area.  A link to the CAPER is provided here.

 

How does my agency apply for HOME?

 

Each year a CDBG and HOME application workshop is held in December. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. The exact workshop date and time are announced in the City’s Funding Programs webpage. Application and presentation materials from last year’s application process can also be viewed from the Funding Programs page.

Applications for this years CDBG and HOME grant funds will be posted to the Funding Programs webpage in early December. Applications are typically due in early February.

 

Federal Compliance Requirements

Activities using HOME funds must meet a number of federal standards. HUD has produced a toolkit as a resource tool that will allow grantees to find information on financial management, environmental review, labor standards, acquisition, relocation and fair housing.

Specific information about each federal requirement can be found by clicking on each link provided below:


Contact

If you would like to receive email notifications of upcoming grant deadlines and the Asheville Regional Housing Consortium Board meetings, please contact:

Megan Gaskell
mgaskell@ashevillenc.gov
828-232-4599.

last update- 12/31/19

 

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