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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOME program is a housing block grant program used to preserve and create affordable housing for low-income households. HUD allocates HOME funds to certain state and local governments, known as HOME Participating Jurisdictions.

A complementary federal affordable housing program aimed at serving individuals and families with incomes at or below 30 percent of area median income is the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF). Learn more about NHTF.

Washington’s HOME Program

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) administers the state’s HOME program. HOME Rental Development funds are awarded to non-profit organizations, housing authorities, and local and tribal governments through the state Housing Trust Fund (HTF) application process.

Commerce’s HOME program is governed by the Consolidated Plan and Action Plan.

The Consolidated Plan is a five-year planning document required by HUD. The most recent plan is the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan. It identifies current State HOME-funded activities, which include Preservation and development of low-income rental housing, and Tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA).

The Action Plan describes how Commerce will use HUD formula funds to meet affordable housing and community development needs. It encompasses all HUD Community Planning and Development Grants, including HOME.

State Seeking Input on Draft 2018 Action Plan for HUD Funds

The state’s draft 2018 Action Plan will be available here (or upon request) by March 26th for your review and input. The Action Plan follows HUD’s plan template. 

The Washington State 5-Year Consolidated Plan, and annual Action Plans, determine priorities, establish strategic goals, and allocate resources for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds administered by the state Department of Commerce: the state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) programs.

The 30-day comment period is March 26-April 25, 2018. Send your written comments by 5pm, April 25, 2018. To submit comments, request the documents in an alternate format, or arrange accommodations with at least one-week notice, please contact:

Jennifer Lane
jennifer.lane@commerce.wa.gov
360-725-2972
PO Box 42525
Olympia WA 98504-2525.

For additional information on the HUD-funded programs in Commerce, contact:

Ann Campbell
360-725-2983
ann.campbell@commerce.wa.gov

The current 2017 Action Plan can be reviewed in detail at the link to the right.

Household Eligibility

HOME assisted rental housing must comply with rent limitations that are set and published each year by HUD. Household income eligibility requirements vary depending on the HOME activity, but tend to target very low-income (less than 50 percent area median income) households.

The State of Washington Consolidated Plan identifies current State HOME-funded activities which include: