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The City of Asheville is seeking community input and requests that residents, nonprofits, community partners and homeless services providers participate in one of two upcoming surveys pertaining to housing and homelessness. The results of these surveys will be used to inform the City’s recommendations for HOME-ARP funding (see below for more details). 

Community members can participate in the survey at this link

Para contestar la encuesta en Español, utilice el siguiente enlace: Spanish version of survey

If you represent an organization that provides services, shelter or housing to people experiencing homelessness, please contact Miranda Masters, mmasters@ashevillenc.gov to participate in a provider-specific questionnaire.   

 


Background

As the Participating Jurisdiction for the four-county Asheville Regional Housing Consortium (ARHC), the City of Asheville is responsible for a one-time $4.7 million allocation of HOME Investment Partnerships Program funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

The funding, known as “HOME-ARP,” is part of a $5 billion commitment in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 specifically targeted to reduce homelessness across the Consortium, which consists of Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania counties, as well as cities and towns within each county.

To receive funding, the City must develop and submit to HUD a HOME-ARP Allocation Plan, which describes the distribution of HOME-ARP funds and identifies any preferences for eligible activities. The development of the HOME-ARP Allocation Plan must also be informed through stakeholder consultation and community engagement (see timeline section). 

The purpose of HOME-ARP funds is to provide homelessness assistance and supportive services through several eligible activities. Eligible activities include acquisition and development of non-congregate shelter, tenant based rental assistance, supportive services, development of rental housing, administration and planning, and nonprofit operating and capacity building assistance. A certain portion of HOME-ARP funds must assist people in HOME-ARP “qualifying populations”, which include:

  • Sheltered and unsheltered homeless populations
  • Those currently housed populations at risk of homelessness
  • Those fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence or human trafficking
  • Other families requiring services or housing assistance or to prevent homelessness
  • Those at greatest risk of housing instability or in unstable housing situations

 


Engagement Timeline

 

Project Timeline

Milestone

Dates

Launch of Stakeholder Needs Assessment Survey

Launch of Citizen Participation Survey

January 17-25, 2023

January 17-25, 2023

Public Comment Period March 6-20, 2023
Public Hearing (in person) March 14, 2023

 


Supporting Documents

Notice CPD-21-10: Requirements for the Use of Funds in the HOME-ARP Program

Notice CPD-22-13: Revisions to HOME-ARP Allocation Plan Requirements and Final Submission Deadline for all HOME-ARP Allocation Plans.

Presentation by Bakertilly – February 2, 2023

 

HOME-ARP Fact Sheets for Eligible Project Types:

Non-Congregate Shelter 

Operating Assistance & Capacity Building.

Rental Housing 

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)

Supportive Services


Contact Information

Miranda Masters, HOME-ARP Program Analyst

mmasters@ashevillenc.gov

828-251-4098

 


 

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