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 draft Action Plan is open to receive input during a 30-day public comment period. The public comment period is from March 26, 2019 until April 25, 2019, with a public hearing scheduled on April 23, 2019 (more information below). Proposed changes drafted in the Plan include how the HUD program funds are allocated for the 2019 funding year. The 2019 draft Action Plan can be found here.

Opportunities to comment include:

30-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
When:              March 26 through April 25, 2019, 9:00am
How:                Send your written comments to the contact listed below by 5pm, April 25, 2019

PUBLIC HEARING
When:              Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Where:             Department of Commerce (directions) 1011 Plum St SE, Olympia 98504, Building 5, 2nd Floor, Evergreen Room

Call in option:  Dial +1 (646) 749-3122, Access Code: 966-988-709
Online option:  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/966988709Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

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) 725-2972, or mail to CDBG, PO Box 42525, Olympia WA 98504-2525.

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: