Orange County HOME Funding

The 2021 HOME funds application is now closed.

HOME Application for FY 21-22 Program

Orange County's HOME funding applications are accepted once a year and are reviewed by the Orange County HOME Consortium Committee, known as the Local Government Affordable Housing Collaborative. The Collaborative  is comprised of staff and elected officials from the Towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Orange County.  A recommended funding plan is reviewed for approval by each jurisdiction in the Spring of every year. The Orange County HOME Consortium is seeking public input on the Draft Annual Action Plan for the FY 2021-2022 HOME Program. Each year, Orange County receives funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program. The County creates an annual plan (the Annual Action Plan) that lays out how HOME funds will be spent in the upcoming program year to address the County’s affordable housing needs and priorities. 

Draft 2021 Annual Action Plan (Spanish)

For FY 2021-2022, Orange County proposes funding the following projects carried out by three local nonprofit organizations:

  • Habitat for Humanity of Orange County (Homebuyer Assistance): Provide assistance to an estimated 15 low-income households for the purchase of affordable homes
  • Pee Wee Homes (Rental Construction): Provide funds to develop three (3) units of affordable rental housing for low-income households experiencing homelessness
  • EmPOWERment, Inc. (Rental Acquisition): Provide funds to acquire two (2) units to be preserved as affordable rental housing for low-income households

Attached is a summary of the draft Plan. To see the draft Plan in full, visit: http://orangecountync.gov/2336/HOME-Program (under “Plans, Reports, and Forms”)

The public comment period is open from March 29 – April 28, 2021. Comments may be submitted in writing by mail or email, or by telephone to myself using the contact info below:

Phone: 919-245-4331  Email: ebrandt@orangecountync.gov 

Mail: P.O. Box 8181, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Public Hearing Notice - 2021 Annual Action Plan (Spanish) 

Applications for the FY 21-22 HOME program are were to the Orange County Department of Housing and Community Development by 5:00 PM on February 26, 2021.  See below for application materials.

HUD's HOME Investment Partnership Program provides formula grants to states and local communities that (often in partnership with local nonprofit groups) fund a wide range of activities including construction, acquisition, and /or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership, or to provide direct rental assistance to low-income people.  It is the largest Federal Block Grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households.  HOME funds are awarded annually as formula grants to participating jurisdictions (PJs). The program's flexibility allows States and local governments to use HOME funds for grants, direct loans, loan guarantees to other forms of credit enhancements, rental assistance or security deposits.

The HOME Program is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Orange County receives an allocation each year, which is awarded to local organizations for projects that produce or preserve affordable housing units. To learn more, visit HUD's webpage on HOME.