A new housing project takes shape

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. The state conducted a public comment period on July 6-19, 2017, and held a public hearing on July 19. 2017, for the state’s draft 2017 Action Plan. After closing the public comment period, the state has submitted its 2017 Action Plan to HUD for review and approval. Once HUD approves it, the state will receive its various program allocations (HOME included).

These plans can be reviewed in detail at the links 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: