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. 

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:

HOME Handbooks

Two new handbooks are now available for the HOME and National Housing Trust Fund programs administered by the Department of Commerce.

Commerce, working together with a federal programs consulting specialist, created handbooks for the two federal programs. The handbooks clarify program and compliance requirements for both the HOME and National Housing Trust Fund programs.

Program Guidelines Handbook – provides insight on overall program intent, the application process, and financing terms.

Rental Management Handbook – provides detail on compliance and reporting requirements, including an expansion of Compliance and Asset Management for the programs.

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.