The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 appropriated $5 billion to provide housing, services, and shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations. These funds were allocated by formula to jurisdictions that qualified for funding through the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME Program) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This special round of funding is called the " HOME-ARP" Program.
In September 2021, HUD awarded the City of Kenosha $1,963,911 in HOME-ARP Funds.
Eligible activities that may be funded with HOME-ARP include: (1) development and support of affordable housing; (2) tenant-based rental assistance; (3) provision of supportive services (such as housing counseling, homelessness prevention, child care, job training, legal services, case management, moving costs, rental applications, and rent assistance); and (4) acquisition and development of non-congregate shelter units.
Funds must primarily benefit individuals and households in the following 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 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)
The City of Kenosha requested public input to identify priority housing and service needs through a survey. The survey solicited input from stakeholders and the general public to develop an Allocation Plan to be submitted to HUD by March 31, 2023. The Allocation Plan will detail the City's priorities for use of the funding, as well as the process to be used to distribute the funding. Results of this survey are included in the appendix of the Allocation Plan.
HOME-ARP Allocation Plan
The City of Kenosha is developing an Allocation Plan to identify priority housing and service needs in the community that may be supported with HOME-ARP funds and to describe the process that will be used to distribute HOME-ARP funds.
City residents and stakeholders may comment on the draft Allocation Plan and provide any comments to by February 27, 2023.
Draft HOME-ARP Allocation Plan