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 will issue HOME-ARP guidance and requirements before the end of the 2021 calendar year. Staff will then begin to interpret guidance and design an open application process for organizations to submit applications to the City of Billings for HOME-ARP funds in 2022. 

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.