For Rural California Communities
The HOME Investment Partnerships Program is the largest federal
block grant to state and metropolitan local governments designed
exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households.
A block grant is a federal grant made by formula every year that
gives the grantee discretion to undertake specific activities.
HUD provides HOME block grant funds directly to urban areas and
to the California Department of Housing and Community Development.
The state then provides these resources to applicants on a competitive
basis. Both urban and rural areas can apply to the state for funding.
Eligible applicants include city and county governments not already
receiving HOME funds directly from HUD and current state-certified
nonprofit Community Housing Development Organizations (or CHDOs).
The amount of HOME funding California receives each year is determined
by a need-based formula as verified by US Census data released every
10 years. For the fiscal year of 2004, the State of California received
about $60.9 million.
Funding from the HOME Investment Partnership Program can be used
for homeowner and rental housing development, as well as owner-occupied
housing rehabilitation. By federal law, 15 percent of HOME funding
is set aside for Community Housing Development Organizations, which
are nonprofits especially created to undertake housing development.
HUD also provides block grant funds through the State of California
to prevent homelessness and to assist persons with HIV/AIDS through
the HUD Special Needs Assistance Programs. For more information
about the programs, contact the California Department of Housing
and Community Development.