SPOTLIGHT: Notice of Public Meeting, Document Availability and Comment Period – Barnstable County HOME Consortium HOME-ARP Allocation Plan

 The Barnstable County HOME Consortium, through the Barnstable County Human Services Department, has prepared its Draft HOME-American Rescue Plan (ARP) Allocation Plan (Draft Plan) which outlines the strategy and planned expenditures of federal HOME-ARP funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This one-time allocation must be used to assist a qualifying population of individuals or households who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, et. seq., and other vulnerable populations as listed in HUD CPD Notice 21-10, Section IV by providing housing, rental assistance, supportive services, or non-congregate shelter. Barnstable County was awarded $1,556,508 in HOME-ARP funds, which will be administered through the Barnstable County HOME Consortium. The Draft Plan outlines the activities and goals planned to address the needs of the qualifying population of Barnstable County. Allocated funds must be spent by September 30, 2030.

Comment Period:  The Draft Plan will be available for comment by February 13, 2023 and comments will be accepted through March 7, 2023.  A link to the Draft Plan will be posted here by February 13, 2023.  Comments or questions can be directed to Renie Hamman, HOME Program Manager, P. O. Box 427, Barnstable, MA 02630 or to homeprogram@capecod.gov. All comments received relative to the Draft Plan will be summarized and included in the final submission of the plan.

Public Meeting:  A Virtual Public Meeting will be held on the Draft Plan on Monday, February 27, 2023 @ 4:00.  The Virtual Public Meeting can be accessed via ZOOM:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81481491441.  or you can call into the meeting by dialing +1 929 205 6099 and entering Meeting ID Code:  814 8149 1441.

Public Notices:  English, Spanish, Portuguese

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) made funds available for housing, services, and shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness and other vulnerable populations.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is allocating these funds by formula to participating jurisdictions in the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME Program), including the Barnstable County HOME Consortium (BCHC).  This one-time funding is specifically for implementing a new HOME-ARP Program. Additional information can be found on the HUD Exchange HOME-ARP Program webpage (https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/home-arp/).

In September 2021, HUD awarded the Barnstable County HOME Consortium (BCHC) $1,556,508 in HOME-ARP funds.  The BCHC includes all 15 towns of Barnstable County and administered by Barnstable County as the lead entity.  All HOME-ARP funds must be spent by September 30, 2030.

 

HOME-ARP Addresses Specific Needs Relating to Homelessness and Housing Instability

The HOME-ARP Program is a stand-alone program distinct  from the traditional HOME Program. Since the American Rescue Plan Act’s purpose is to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on American communities, HOME-ARP  funds are reserved for specific eligible activities benefiting specific qualifying populations that are known to have experienced much higher risks of homelessness and housing instability during the pandemic

Eligible Activities

  • Preservation and Production of Affordable Rental Housing
  • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)
  • Housing-Related Supportive Services
  • Acquisition and Development of Non-Congregate Shelters (NCS)

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 a 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)

Development of the HUD-ARP Allocation Plan

On September 13, 2021, HUD Issued regulations and guidance for the HOME-ARP Program, including a requirement that participating jurisdictions develop an Allocation Plan for the use of HOME-ARP funds. (Notice CPD-21-10, https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/OCHCO/documents/2021-10cpdn.pdf.  The Allocation Plan must be approved by HUD before Barnstable County can receive and begin to commit HOME-ARP funds.  The main purpose of the Allocation Plan is to engage in significant community and stakeholder outreach to gather data and prepare a needs assessment and gap analysis.  This gap analysis will guide the BCHC’s implementation of the HOME-ARP Program and selection of activities for HOME-ARP funding.

On June 1, 2022, BCHC selected Barrett Planning Group LLC to assist with developing the HOME-ARP Allocation Plan. The consultants were chosen through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

Public Outreach Process

Barnstable County Human Services, in conjunction with Barrett Planning Group LLC, is pleased to share this Community Engagement Plan for the HOME American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) Program. This document outlines the proposed consultation process for the preparation of a HOME-ARP Allocation Plan, which will prescribe the County’s planned uses of HOME-ARP funds. These funds can be used for homelessness assistance and supportive services that primarily benefit qualifying populations as defined in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  Along with a needs assessment and gap analysis, the public consultation process outlined in this Community Engagement Plan will help determine the allocation of the Consortium’s HOME-ARP funds toward eligible activities. To learn more about the HOME-ARP Program, visit the project’s webpage at https://www.capecod.gov/departments/human-services/initiatives/housing-homelessness/home-arp/.

This Community Engagement Plan will be updated with information about engagement opportunities and strategies as they become available. Please contact Renie Hamman at Barnstable County Human Services to find out more about this project, how to participate, and engagement opportunities in your area.

Email: renie.hamman@capecod.gov

Phone: (508) 375-6622

 

Updates

News updates from the BCHC HOME-ARP Program will appear here.

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