The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) has partnered with ICF, International to facilitate community consultation discussions in order to develop priorities for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program American Rescue Plan Act (HOME-ARP) eligible activities and an allocation plan that supports current efforts to improve housing outcomes for those experiencing homelessness and reduce the likelihood of homelessness for the at-risk population. Eligible HOME-ARP activities include: acquiring, constructing, or rehabilitating affordable rental housing; tenant-based rental assistance; provision of supportive services; and acquisition and development of non-congregate shelter (NCS) units.
Qualifying populations that HOME-ARP is meant to assist are households who are experiencing homelessness; at risk of homelessness; fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions; and other vulnerable populations at greatest risk of housing instability.
ICF, International will hold a Consultation Meeting for Public Housing Agencies on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 11:00. Below is the link to join the meeting.
It is important that they hear from you on the needs of your community as it relates to HOME-ARP. Please be prepared to discuss and/or share data on the following: characteristics about the populations you serve and services you provide; unmet housing and service needs; gaps in the current system of housing and services for those being served; priority needs; housing market characteristics including barriers to using rental assistance; and existing and expected resources.
Please find more information about HOME-ARP on HUD Exchange: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/home-arp/, including these helpful Fact Sheets