HOME Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) provides formula grants to states and localities, called Participating Jurisdictions, to fund a wide range of affordable housing activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or ownership.

In Orange County, the HOME Participating Jurisdiction is a Consortium consisting of Orange County and the Towns of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough, with the County acting as lead entity. In 2017, the Consortium was renamed the Orange County Local Government Affordable Housing Collaborative.

The Collaborative coordinates the funding process for the HOME program, accepts and reviews applications from local housing organizations, and presents recommendations to the elected bodies of each jurisdiction for funding approval. Past agencies that have received Orange County HOME funds have used HOME to: 

  • Provide down payment assistance to home buyers
  • Acquire or develop affordable homes for rent or ownership
  • Rehabilitate owner-occupied homes
  • Provide tenant-based rental assistance

PLEASE NOTE: Individuals CANNOT directly apply for and receive HOME funds. The funds are awarded to organizations that then use HOME funds for the eligible purposes above. 

HUD has awarded Orange County about $379,000 in HOME for 2021. In addition, the Towns and the County will collectively contribute $85,000 in local matching funds to the program, and there are funds available from prior years' program income and returned awards. In all, about $639,000 is available for award in the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 program cycle.

Program Contact

Erika Brandt
Housing and Community Development Manager
Email: ebrandt@orangecountync.gov
Phone: 919-245-4331
Mail: P.O. Box 8181, Hillsborough, NC 27278

PLEASE NOTE: Individuals CANNOT directly apply for and receive HOME funds. The funds are awarded to organizations that then use HOME funds for the eligible purposes above.

News & Updates

Public comment is invited on the draft FY 2021-2022 Annual Action Plan, which lays out a plan for spending HOME funds were expended in the FY 2021-2022 program year.

Comments may be submitted by mail, email, or phone to Erika Brandt (contact information above) until April 28, 2021.

HOME Plans, Reports, and Forms

HOME Application for FY21-22 Program

Orange County’s HOME funding applications are accepted once a year and are reviewed by the Collaborative, who provide a recommended funding plan is reviewed for approval by each jurisdiction in the spring of every year. 

Applications for the FY21-22 HOME program were due to the Orange County Department of Housing and Community Development by 5:00 PM on February 26, 2021. See below for application materials