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The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is a formula block grant program administered by HUD and provided to States and local jurisdictions to fund affordable housing activities. The participating jurisdiction provides funding primarily to local nonprofit housing development organizations with a mission of constructing or rehabbing affordable housing units to eligible low-to moderate-income1 individuals and families. HOME is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. Funding allocated to states is typically disseminated to local jurisdictions or non-profit partners via a request for proposals or a grant application. Like CDBG, HOME funds may also be awarded directly to participating jurisdictions. HOME funding can be used for acquisition, demolition, rehabilitation, and construction of residential properties. HUD requires that 15% of HOME funds in a participating jurisdiction be set aside for affordable housing development activities of Community Housing Development Organizations (CDHO’s). CDHO’s are private, non-profit community-based service organizations that develop affordable housing in the community that they serve.
Lead hazard control interventions are an allowable cost for HOME programs. Any unit with HOME investment must comply with Title X of the 1992 Housing and Community Development Act (24 CFR Part 35) and the Lead Safe Housing Rule which requires lead disclosure, testing, and abatement for covered housing rehabilitation and lead hazard reduction activities. HOME funding also requires participating jurisdictions or states to complete a five-year Consolidated Plan, which is approved by HUD. This plan describes program activities, lays out local housing needs and funding allocations, and outlines implementation plans. For more information related to the required Consolidated Plan process, review HUD’s budget allocation. Funding hazard remediation efforts can be approved if done during the planning processes of either the consolidated plan or the annual action plan update.
Deploying HOME funds to address lead hazards in housing in your community requires the following strategic steps:
- Reading the current 5-year Consolidated Plan and annual updates and identify the administering agency and the use of the funds in your state and community. Contact information for your state and local jurisdiction’s administering HOME agency is here: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/comm_planning/affordablehousing/programs/home/contacts. In addition, states and participating jurisdictions are required to post their Consolidated Plans both digitally and physically in a public forum.
- If HOME funds are not allocated for lead hazard reduction as part of housing rehabilitation in your state or jurisdiction, make the case to the appropriate administrative agency that using HOME funds to improve housing health and safety leads to positive community-level outcomes including improved individual health and educational outcomes, and long-term reduction in special education, criminal justice and other societal costs. Provide public comment through the Consolidated Plan process for the inclusion of lead hazard reduction funding in the Plan.
- In the event that your jurisdiction is eligible to receive HOME but does not currently utilize funds for lead hazard remediation (either through the state or directly from HUD), contact the administrating agency to find out more about the application process, which may vary depending on the jurisdiction.
- Submit an application that 1) outlines the plan of action for using HOME funds for lead hazard remediation on housing rehabilitation projects, 2) specifies how the action plan meets at least one of the three national objectives and local goals for HOME, and 3) adheres to the protocols of the application process.
Ensure that HOME funded housing rehabilitation projects in pre-1978 constructed properties meet all the lead safe work practices, pre and post clearance inspections, and certified contractor requirements of the Lead Safe Housing Rule and the EPA Renovation, Repair and Paint Rule.