FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The HOME American Rescue Plan (HOME ARP) Program was created under the American
Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This program provides $5 billion to assist individuals or households
who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, by providing housing, rental assistance,
and supportive services. HOME ARP grant funds are administered through HUD’s HOME
Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) that qualified for a
HOME funds allocation for FY 2021, are eligible to receive HOME ARP grants. Because the Parkersburg/Wood County HOME Consortium received HOME funds for the FY 2021 program it is eligible for $1,243,320 in HOME-ARP funding. To receive this HOME-ARP allocation, the consortium must develop a HOME-ARP Allocation Plan that will become part of the City’s PY2021 HUD Annual Action Plan by substantial amendment.
To ensure broad input into the HOME-ARP Allocation Plan from stakeholders and the public, the consortium shall engage in consultation, including a survey of stakeholders, the public, provide a 15-day public comment period, and host two public hearings. A survey for the general public will be available at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFm30BXSTgAvzpUw-jeEbNNlOmvAf7FFIkVLAJ3KVPsFUaxA/viewform?usp=sf_link, the City’s website on the blog page, or by using the QR code below.
These funds must primarily benefit qualifying populations through the framework of the HOME Investment Partnerships Program. This includes restrictions on eligible activities, match requirements, and limitations on the amount that can be spent on a given activity type. HOME ARP funds carry additional restrictions regarding targeted populations, allowable activities, and consultation requirements.
HOME-American Rescue Plan funding is made available to address the need for homelessness assistance and supportive services. Activities are limited to (1) development and support of affordable housing, (2) tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA), (3) provision of supportive services, and (4) acquisition and development of non-congregate shelter units.
ARP activities must primarily benefit qualifying individuals defined as (1) homeless, as defined in section 103(a) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 11302(a)) (“McKinney-Vento”); (2) at risk of homelessness, as defined in section 401 of McKinney-Vento; (3) fleeing, or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking; (4) part of other populations where providing supportive services or assistance would prevent a family’s homelessness or would serve those with the greatest risk of housing instability; or (5) veterans and families that include a veteran family member that meet the criteria in one of (1)-(4) above.
The City of Parkersburg will host a public hearing October 11, 2022, to gather input to create the HOME-ARP Allocation Plan. The hearing will be at 6 pm in the Executive Conference Room in the City Building at One Government Square, Parkersburg, WV.
Written or oral comments may be addressed to Mr. Drew Thomas, Development Projects Administrator, City of Parkersburg, One Government Square, Parkersburg, WV 26101. Phone (304) 424-8452, email email@example.com. Persons with hearing and/or speech impediments may contact the City via 711.