HOME-ARP: American Rescue Plan

Overview

The City of Billings was awarded $1.2 million in HOME-ARP funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Funding must benefit individuals or households who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, and other vulnerable populations, by providing housing, rental assistance, supportive services, and non-congregate shelter, to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability. 

HUD issued HOME-ARP requirements and is in the process of developing training materials and toolkits to help participating jurisdictions with program design and implementation. The City will need to complete a community needs assessment prior to developing an open application process. 

HOME-ARP funding must be fully expended by September 2030.

HOME-ARP funds may be used for individuals or families from the qualifying populations: 

  • Homeless
  • At-risk of homelessness
  • Fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking; 
  • Other populations where providing assistance would prevent the family’s homelessness or would Serve those with the greatest risk of housing instability; and 
  • Veterans and families that include a veteran family member that meet one of the preceding criteria.

HOME-ARP funds can be used for the following activities:

  • Production or preservation of affordable housing; 
  • Tenant-based rental assistance; 
  • Supportive services, including homeless prevention services and housing counseling; and 
  • The purchase or development of non- congregate shelter for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.