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 current 2018 Action Plan can be reviewed in detail here.
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:
- Preservation and development of low-income rental housing
- Tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA)
Applying to the Housing Trust Fund
Policy Advisory Team
Evergreen Sustainable Development
Housing Trust Fund Handbook (PDF)
Housing Preservation Program
Landlord Mitigation Program
Operations and Maintenance Fund
Property Management Resources
Housing Trust Fund Reports
National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF)