HOME Investment Partnership Program
The HOME Program intends to strengthen public-private partnerships and expand the supply of decent, safe, affordable housing. Popular uses of HOME funds include developing rental housing, providing tenant based rent assistance (TBRA), and assisting lower-income homebuyers and homeowners. All activities assisted with HOME funds must meet income and occupancy requirements prescribed by the HOME Regulations at 24 CFR Part 92.
Participating Jurisdiction Contact Information & HOME Manuals
Affordable Housing Connections has been contracted to monitor compliance of rental housing projects funded by the following Participating Jurisdictions under the HOME Program:
- City of Saint Paul
- City of Minneapolis
- Hennepin County
- Saint Louis County
- Ramsey County
- Washington County CDA
- City of Woodbury
AHC also provides technical assistance and training on HOME Program requirements and project compliance.
New to HOME program?
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) first funded the HOME Program in 1992. Properties developed using HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds are subject to specific rules designed to ensure that they remain affordable to low and very low income households throughout the required Period of Affordability (POA). To learn more about the HOME program please check out our available training courses.
HOME Compliance Forms
Housing Support Calculation Worksheet
Minnesota Housing developed a new form called Housing Support and Rental Assistance Calculation Worksheet, along with guidance, to use for households receiving Housing Support (formerly known as Group Residential Housing or GRH). The worksheet will help identify whether the Housing Support received by the household should be included as income, and when or if, the Housing Support should be treated as rent assistance. The guidance provided by Minnesota Housing includes two examples of calculations and a sample copy of a Housing Support acceptance letter.
AHC suggests completing this worksheet for all households receiving Housing Support to check for correct rent calculations and public assistance income, especially if you have been cited for rent noncompliance. If the calculation proves out that the Housing Support can not be considered rent assistance, rent must be adjusted to comply with applicable rent limits. A copy of the completed form should be retained in the tenant file.
HOMEfires Policy Newsletter
The official policy newsletter of the HOME Program published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Each HOMEfires answers a specific policy question. See Past Issues.
The official Financial and Information Services Division newsletter for the HOME Program is published by the Office of Affordable Housing Programs. Each HOMEfact will address a topic related to HOME finance, such as HOME grants, deadline compliance, and repayments, or HOME computer systems processed in the Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS). Access here.
HOME Income & Rent Limits
2023 HOME Income and Rent Limits have been published and are effective as of June 15, 2023.
2023 HOME Rent Increases
The PJ must approve proposed rents for 2023-24 before increases are implemented. The HOME Rent Increase Request Form must be completed and submitted to AHC along with the PJ-approved utility allowance source document you are using. We will review the rents and utility allowance for compliance and forward the information to the PJ for approval. Rent increases may not be put into effect without prior written approval.
Uniform Physical Condition Standards UPCS
The Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) is the standard for periodic physical inspections conducted for Section 42 and HOME Program projects. Become familiar with these standards to maintain your property and avoid findings. Effective January 1, 2008, findings from AHC physical inspections will be reported on IRS Form 8823, even if corrected, for the Section 42 Program. Noncompliance, whether corrected or not, with State and Local codes also may be reported to the IRS for the Section 42 Program and/or to the HOME Participating Jurisdiction (PJ). See this link for "Revised Dictionary of Deficiency Definitions" of the UPCS - Effective August 9, 2012.
HOME CARES Act Eviction Moratorium
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136) was signed into law. Section 4024 of the CARES Act imposed a 120-day moratorium on evictions and COVID relief provisions expired September 30, 2021.
Visit the HUD Exchange HOME COVID-19 Guidance page for additional information and resources.