The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 appropriated $5 billion to provide housing, services, and shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations. These funds were allocated by formula to jurisdictions that qualified for funding through the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME Program) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This special round of funding is called the “HOME-ARP” program.
HUD awarded the City of Brownsville $3,324,820 in HOME-ARP funds.
Eligible activities that may be funded with HOME-ARP include: (1) development and support of affordable housing; (2) tenant-based rental assistance; (3) provision of supportive services (such as housing counseling, homelessness prevention, childcare, job training, legal services, case management, moving costs, rental applications, and rent assistance); and (4) acquisition and development of non-congregate shelter units.
Funds must primarily benefit individuals and households in the following qualifying populations:
Experiencing homelessness (as defined in 24 CFR 91.5 “Homeless” (1), (2), or (3))
At risk of homelessness (as defined in 24 CFR 91.5 “At risk of homelessness”)
Fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking, (as defined in 24 CFR 5.2003)
Other populations with high risk of housing instability (including highly cost-burdened low-income households, households who have moved two or more times in the last 60 days, and households living in a hotel/motel)
Sandra Barba, Housing Manager Email:[email protected] Phone: 956- 548-6183 Mail: 1150 E Adams St 3rd Floor, Brownsville, TX 78520
HOME-ARP Allocation Plan
The City of Brownsville has developed a HOME ARP Allocation Plan to identify priority housing and service needs in the community that may be supported with HOME-ARP funds and to describe the process that will be used to distribute HOME-ARP funds. A full description of the listed HOME ARP Plan draft will be made available to any interested party throughout the 15-day comment period. Interested parties are encouraged to submit written comments on the proposed HOME ARP Plan for a 15-day period beginning Tuesday, February 21, 2023 and ending at 5:00p.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2023. The public may submit their electronic comment using the following Survey Monkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HOMEARPPLAN . Any interested party may also submit their written comments to Mr. Efren Trujillo Jr., Assistant Director of Office of Strategic Initiatives, RE: HOME ARP Draft Plan Input, 1150 E. Adams Street, 3rd Floor, Brownsville, TX 78520; Phone: (956) 548-6167; e-mail: [email protected]; fax: (956) 548-6161.The 2022-2023 HOME APR Plan may be viewed online at https://www.brownsvilletx.gov/2323/HOME-ARP.