The State of Vermont intends to amend its HOME-American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) Allocation Plan to change the distribution of the allotted funds as described below. In 2021 Vermont was awarded $9,564,691 in one-time HOME-ARP funds to address homelessness. The State prepared an Allocation Plan that describes how the funds will be utilized which was approved by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) in March 2022. The original Allocation Plan included three (3) primary uses for the funds: (1) development of rental housing to serve households that are homeless or at-risk of homelessness ($7,173,518.25); (2) operating assistance for non-profits ($478,234.55); and (3) capacity building assistance for non-profits ($478.234.55). The balance of funds will be used to administer the program.
The proposed amendment would reallocate the funds originally targeted to non-profit operating and capacity building assistance (#2 and #3 above) to be used for rental housing development (new amount: $8,129,987.35). After evaluating the needs in Vermont more closely, it was determined that because of the high level of demand for rental housing development assistance, this would be a better use of HOME-ARP funds. Operating and capacity building assistance for non-profits will continue to be provided from other funding sources. The public may submit written comments on this action to Ron Rupp, Director of Federal Housing Programs, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, @email. Comments will be accepted until September 16, 2022 at 5 PM. The HOME-ARP Allocation Plan and more information can be found at https://www.vhcb.org/our-programs/housing/home-arp-funding.
In early 2021 the American Rescue Plan Act became law and included substantial funding to address homelessness to be provided through the existing HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME Program). Vermont has been awarded $9,564,691 of this one-time funding known as HOME-ARP. The State prepared an Allocation Plan (link below) describing how the funding will be used which was approved by HUD in March 2022. Funding is now available for the development of HOME-ARP rental units to serve individuals and households experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. More information about how to apply for these funds is available on our Housing Applications page.
- HOME-ARP Reference Guide
- HOME-ARP VHCB Maximum Subsidy Guidelines
- HOME-ARP Qualifying Populations
- Vermont HOME-ARP Allocation Plan – Approved by HUD 3/28/2022
- HUD Notice CPD-021-10 (Sept. 13, 2021)
- General information about applying for VHCB, ARPA-SFR, HOME, HOME-ARP, and National Housing Trust Funds, the housing application and required checklists