HOME Rental Development Program

A new housing project takes shape

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOME Rental Development 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 Rental Development Program

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) administers the state’s HOME Rental Development 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.

Every spring an annual Action Plan is developed to describe how the state will use the year’s annual allocation of HUD formula funds to meet affordable housing and community development needs. Action Plans are annual amendments to the five-year Consolidated Plan and encompasses all HUD programs, including HOME. 

State Seeking Input on Draft Action Plan for 2021 HUD Funds

The draft of the 2021 Action Plan is available here and is open to receive input during a 30-day public comment period. The public comment period is from May 26, 2021 until June 25, 2021, with a public hearing scheduled on June 24, 2021 (more information below). Proposed changes drafted in the 2021 Action Plan include how HUD program funds are allocated for the 2021 funding year. The 2021 Action Plan follows HUD’s template.

Opportunities to comment include:

30-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
When:              May 26, 2021 through June 25, 2021
How:                Send your comments via email to the contact listed below by 5pm, June 25, 2021.

REMOTE PUBLIC HEARING
When:               Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 10:00am
Call in option:  Dial +1 (253) 215-8782
Online option:  https://wastatecommerce.zoom.us/j/81428548110?pwd=ajhLYnFUMCtDdUxwSnNVcjhIU2lydz09

Meeting ID:     814 2854 8110
Passcode:       118660

This public hearing is accessible to persons with disabilities. To submit comments, request the documents in an alternate format, or arrange accommodations with at least one-week notice, please contact Jennifer Lane at jennifer.lane@commerce.wa.gov or (360) 789-6127.

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:

State Updating HOME Handbooks

The Department of Commerce is currently working to update the Washington State’s HOME and National Housing Trust Fund Handbooks. Working together with a federal programs consulting specialist, Commerce created individual handbooks for the two federal HUD programs that are targeted toward specific end users. The handbooks clarify program and compliance requirements for the HOME and National Housing Trust Fund programs administered by the Department of Commerce.

  • The handbook titled “Program Guidelines” focuses on the overall program intent, application process, financing terms, and is directed primarily to applicants/owners.
  • The handbook titled “Rental Management Handbook” provides more detail on compliance and reporting requirements, expanding the Compliance and Asset management of the programs.

Handbook drafts can be reviewed here:

Commerce solicited for input on the handbook drafts through a public comment period from April 1 through April 15, 2021. The final version of the handbooks are anticipated to be released by mid-June.

Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs)

HUD requires that participating jurisdictions (PJs) set-aside at least 15% of their HOME funds for housing that is developed, owned, or sponsored by Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs). CHDOs are a specific type of nonprofit organization defined in the HOME Final Rule (24 CFR Part 92).

HOME & CHDO solicit applications for available funding during the annual HTF Traditional Funding Round, which is generally announced in the summer. To view available funding opportunities, please visit Applying to the Housing Trust Fund.

2020 CHDO Certification Application
2020 CHDO Recertification Form

April 5 - 9, 2021 was National Community Development Week

National Community Development Week focused on local, as well as national, attention on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs. 

The week provided a united voice of support and continued efforts to harness the power of grassroots engagement to educate members of Congress and the community on the successes of the programs and their value to local communities.

Please view HUD Secretary Fudge’s remarks on National Community Development Week here.

Washington State HOME program ranked #1 in the nation!

HUD provides performance snapshots and ranks its program’s participating jurisdictions (PJ) that administer HOME funds. These are quarterly and annual cumulative performance reports, which can be useful in tracking the progress of each PJ, providing context for program accomplishments, and keeping constituents more informed of the types of activities undertaken with HOME funds.

The Washington’s HOME program has ranked #1 for overall performance every year since 2016. Washington continues to strengthen communities by providing safe and accessible affordable housing to its residents.

To view the snapshot and rank reports, and other accomplishments of HOME PJs, please visit the HUD Exchange website here.