As a part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated $4.925 billion in supplemental ARP funds through the HOME Investment Partnership Program to address homelessness and support communities throughout the US.
The city of Greensboro, which was awarded $6,601,747, will be holding a public hearing on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss and receive comments from the public on their draft of the HOME-ARP Allocation Plan.
The hearing will take place at 300 W Washington St. in the Katie Dorsett council chamber on the third floor. The deadline to participate in this public comment period has passed, however the public is still invited to attend the meeting.
The funds are intended to be used to assist individuals and families who are homeless and at-risk of homelessness, including those fleeing domestic violence situations, and provide supportive services for veterans that are at a greater risk for homelessness.
One of the city’s goals will include an increase in permanent supportive housing units. The draft 2023 Guilford County Gaps Analysis, which included a survey of service providers and clients, found that the lack of permanent affordable housing is one of the largest challenges to meeting the needs of those who are experiencing housing instability and unsheltered households. The city will be creating 150 permanent supportive housing units with supportive services, as well as 10 new units for very low and extremely low income homeless populations.
The city also plans to use some of the funding for rental assistance, supportive services, as well as the construction of a non-congregate shelter.
The city recently approved $1 million of ARPA funding to build 32 homes in East Greensboro.
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