Home Investment Partnership Program


HOME Application Deadlines: 2020-2021

The application period for 2020-2021  HOME funds will be open as of Wednesday December 11 2019 and will close on Friday February 7 2020. 

We will be holding technical assistance workshops for applicants in early to mid January. Please stay tuned for dates, times, and locations.

This year, we are requesting that all potential applicants submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the Community Development Department. This submittal is not required, though is strongly recommended. Our department is committed to providing early, accurate, and constructive technical assistance to applicant agencies and submitting a LOI will help us provide that assistance in the most timely manner possible.

Letters of Intent (LOIs) for the FY 2020-2021 year must delineate project type with an estimated request amount, and be received no later than Friday December 6 2019. Please note that submission of a Letter of Intent does not constitute an application, nor does it constitute approval for funding by the The City of Asheville or the Housing and Urban Development Department.

Please submit LOIs electronically to Paul D’Angelo, Community Development Program Director at pdangelo@ashevillenc.gov, and Megan Gaskell, Community Development Coordinator at mgaskell@ashevillenc.gov.

Linked here are guidelines around CDBG and HOME activities, for your reference.

Please reach out to the following Community Development staff if you have questions or concerns:

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

We value all that you do for the residents of Asheville and the region and look forward to your application for the 2020-2021 funding year.


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 Funding Committee meeting, contact:

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

 

 

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