HOME - ARP

Congress appropriated $5 billion in American Rescue Plan funds to be administered through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) to address the need for homelessness assistance and supportive services.  The City of Bristol, Tennessee was allocated $4,014,832 for use in the Northeast Tennessee/Virginia HOME Consortium footprint. The HOME-American Rescue Plan or “HOME-ARP” was created to perform four activities that must primarily benefit qualifying populations. 

 The qualifying populations are:

  1. Homeless, as defined by 24 CFR 91.5 Homeless (1), (2), or (3)
  2. At risk of homelessness, as defined 24 CFR 91.5 At risk of homelessness
  3. Fleeing, or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking, as defined by 24 CFR 5.2003 except human trafficking definition from Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000
  4. Part of other populations where providing supportive services or assistance would prevent a family’s homelessness or would serve those with greatest risk of housing instability
  5. Veterans and families that include a veteran family member that meet the criteria in one of 1-4 above

The four eligible activities that may be funded are:

  1. Development and support of affordable housing
  2. Tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA)
  3. Provision of supportive services
  4. Acquisition and development of non-congregate shelter units (NCS)

The Northeast Tennessee/Virginia HOME Consortium’s HOME-ARP Allocation Plan is in the development stage.  As part of the plan preparation, we are reaching out to providers within the community to gather their input.  We respectfully request your comments, ideas and information regarding the qualifying populations listed above.  Following is a survey link where you can provide us information to identify the needs within our community. The survey link will be available until December 21, 2022. 

SURVEY LINK:     https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NETN-VA-HOME-ARP

The Northeast Tennessee/Virginia HOME Consortium will make the HOME-ARP funds available through competitive applications once the Allocation Plan is complete. 

For additional information please contact Rene’ Mann at 423-722-5122 or Christina Blevins at 423-989-5521.

Thank you for your interest!

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
CITY OF BRISTOL, TENNESSEE
HOME – ARP FUNDING
NORTHEAST TENNESSEE / VIRGINIA HOME PROGRAM

THIS NOTICE IS TO INFORM THE CITIZENS OF BRISTOL, TN & VA, BLUFF CITY, KINGSPORT, SULLIVAN COUNTY, JOHNSON CITY AND WASHINGTON COUNTY THAT A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD FOR COMMENTS REGARDING THE HOME-AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN “HOME-ARP” FUNDS ALLOCATED TO THE NORTHEAST TENNESSEE / VIRGINA HOME CONSORTIUM (THE CONSORTIUM) PROGRAM, IN THE AMOUNT OF $4,014,832.  THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE BRISTOL, TN MUNICIPAL ANNEX BUILDING, 104 8TH STREET, BRISTOL, TENNESSEE ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2023 AT 10:00 AM.  

THE CONSORTIUM WILL BE PREPARING AN ALLOCATION PLAN FOR SUBMISSION TO THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT PROVIDING A NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND GAP ANALYSIS REGARDING QUALIFYING POPULATIONS IN THE CONSORTIUM AREA.  IT WILL FURTHER PROPOSE HOW FUNDING WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BASED ON PRIORITY NEEDS FOR QUALIFYING POPULATIONS.  THE CONSORTIUM SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING THE NEEDS FOR QUALIFYING POPULATIONS IN OUR AREA. 

THE QUALIFYING POPULATIONS ARE:

  1. HOMELESS, AS DEFINED BY 24 CRF 91.5 HOMELESS (1), (2), OR (3)
  2. AT RISK OF HOMELESSNESS, AS DEFINED BY 24 CFR 91.5 AT RISK OF HOMELESSNESS
  3. FLEEING, OR ATTEMPTING TO FLEE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, DATING VIOLENCE, SEXUAL ASSAULT, STALKING, OR HUMAN TRAFFICKING, AS DEFINED BY 24 CFR 5.2003 EXCEPT HUMAN TRAFFICKING DEFINITION FROM TRAFFICKING VICTIMS PROTECTION ACT OF 2000
  4. PART OF OTHER POPULATIONS WHERE PROVIDING SUPPORTIVE SERVICES OR ASSISTANCE WOULD PREVENT A FAMILY’S HOMELESSNESS OR WOULD SERVE THOSE WITH GREATEST RISK OF HOUSING INSTABILITY.
  5. VETERANS AND FAMILIES THAT INCLUDE A VETERAN FAMILY MEMBER THAT MEET THE CRITERIA IN ONE OF 1-4 ABOVE.

THE FOUR ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES THAT MAY BE FUNDED ARE;

  1. DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING
  2. TENANT-BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE (TBRA)
  3. PROVISION OF SUPPORTIVE SERVICES
  4. ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT OF NON-CONGREGATE SHELTER UNITS (NCS)

SUBMIT COMMENTS TO CHRISTINA BLEVINS, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST, CITY OF BRISTOL, TENNESSEE, 104 EIGHTH STREET, BRISTOL, TN 37620 OR BY CALLING (423) 989-5521.  PERSONS REQUIRING SPECIAL ASSISTANCE DUE TO MOBILITY OR HEARING IMPAIRMENTS OR INDIVIDUALS NEEDING INTERPRETATION MAY CONTACT MRS. BLEVINS THREE DAYS IN ADVANCE.