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)
The City of Brownsville is developing an 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.