The Greensboro City Council allocated all $59.4 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds in August 2022.
The City Council then allocated the $59.4 million in the general fund that was freed up by dumping the $59.4 million in ARP funds into the budget.
But that doesn’t mean all the ARP funds have been spent.
On Tuesday, March 7, the City Council will hold a public hearing on allocating $6.6 million the city received from the HOME-ARP Allocation Plan from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
This money is specifically for assisting individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at risk for homelessness.
The HUD ARP funds are to be used to help those who are:
- At risk of homelessness
- Fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking
- Populations where providing supportive services or assistance would prevent the family’s homelessness or would serve those at greater risk of homelessness
- Veterans and families that include a veteran that meet one of the preceeding criteria
In order to accomplish those goals, the $6.6 million in HOME-ARP funds can be used for production or preservation of affordable housing, tenant based rental assistance, supportive services including homeless prevention services and housing counseling and the purchase and development of non-congregate shelters.
The city proposal for spending the HOME-ARP money includes spending $2.5 million on supportive services, $1.5 million on tenant based rental assistance, $2.3 for development of affordable rental housing and $330,000 for administration and planning.
According to the report from the Greensboro Housing and Neighborhood Development Department, the No. 1 need identified by stakeholders was for affordable housing. The estimate is that 10 new housing units will be built for the homeless population, 50 households will be supported by tenant based rental assistance and 150 will be served with permanent supportive housing units with supportive services.