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.

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. 

The 2019 Action Plan was open to receive input, during a 30-day public comment period and a public hearing, in the month of April of 2019. Proposed changes drafted in the Plan include how the HUD program funds are allocated for the 2019 funding year. The final 2019 Action Plan submitted to HUD can be found here.

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 Seeking Input for the Five-Year HUD Strategic Plan

Commerce is seeking your input to develop Washington State’s Five-Year Consolidated Plan for 2020-2024.

The Consolidated Plan determines priorities, establishes strategic goals, and allocates resources for HUD’s formula-based funds administered by the Departments of Commerce and Health.

Commerce will hold a public hearing at 3 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2019 at 1011 Plum St SE, Olympia, to receive input on community development and housing needs and the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Report.

To learn more about how to attend the public hearing or provide input or comment, please visit the Consolidated and Action Plan website.

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 ranked #1 for overall performance for the years of 2016, 2017, and 2018. 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.