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HOME Investment Partnership Program

Evidence Rating

Expert Opinion

Health Factors

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (US HUD’s) HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) provides formula grants to states and localities to fund activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for low income households to rent or own, or to provide them with direct rental assistance. Participating jurisdictions determine how to allocate funds, are required to match every dollar received with 25 cents in funding, and often partner with local non-profits (US HUD-HOMEMickelson 2015).

Expected Beneficial Outcomes (Rated)

  • Increased access to affordable housing

  • Increased access to quality housing

Other Potential Beneficial Outcomes

  • Increased homeownership

  • Increased neighborhood choice

Evidence of Effectiveness

The HOME program is a suggested strategy to increase access to affordable, quality housing for low income households (US HUD-HOMEMickelson 2015, US HUD-Herbert 2001). HOME appears to increase home ownership, long-term affordability, and neighborhood choice for participating households (US HUD-Turnham 2004, US HUD-Carr 2008). The HOME program may also generate and support jobs rehabilitating homes (Mickelson 2015). Additional evidence is needed to confirm effects.

The HOME Program can also provide direct rental assistance to low income families. When implemented in this way, the program helps families relocate to safer neighborhoods and reduces their exposure to crime (CG-Rental assistance). 

Impact on Disparities

Likely to decrease disparities

Implementation Examples

The HOME program is active in all 50 states (US HUD-HOME). Each state selects an agency to coordinate the program: for example, Colorado’s program is administered by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and Montana’s is maintained by the Montana Department of Commerce (CDOLA-HOMEMDOC-HOME). County level agencies such as New Jersey’s Ocean County Department of Planning (OCDP-HOME) and groups of counties can administer programs, such as northeastern Minnesota’s Prosperity North: Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (NE Minnesota-HOME). Cities may also manage programs, such as Sioux City, Iowa; Arlington, Texas; Delano, California; and Hartford, Connecticut (Sioux City-HOME, Arlington-HOMEDelano-HOMEHartford-HOME).

Implementation Resources

US HUD-203k - US Department of Housing and Urban Development (US HUD). 203(k) rehabilitation mortgage insurance.

US HUD-HOME resources - US Department of Housing and Urban Development (US HUD), HUD Exchange. HOME Investment Partnerships Program resources page.

Citations - Evidence

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US HUD-Turnham 2004 - Turnham J, Herbert C, Nolden S, Feins J, Bonjorni J. Study of homebuyer activity through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program. Washington, DC: US Department of Housing and Urban Development (US HUD); 2004.

US HUD-HOME - US Department of Housing and Urban Development (US HUD). HOME investment partnerships program.

CG-Rental assistance - The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide). Health Equity: Tenant-based rental assistance programs.

Anderson 2003* - Anderson LM, St. Charles J, Fullilove MT, et al. Providing affordable family housing and reducing residential segregation by income. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2003;24(3S):47–67.

Mickelson 2015 - Mickelson S. The HOME Investment Partnership Program's impact on America's families and communities. Enterprise Resource Center and the HOME Coalition. 2015.

US HUD-Herbert 2001 - Herbert C, Bonjorni J, Finkel M, et al. Study of the ongoing affordability of HOME program rents. Abt Associates, Inc. for US Department of Housing and Urban Development (US HUD). 2001.

US HUD-Carr 2008 - Carr K, Herbert C, Lam K, et al. Rates of Foreclosure in HOME and ADDI Programs. US Department of Housing and Urban Development (US HUD). 2008.

Citations - Implementation Examples

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US HUD-HOME - US Department of Housing and Urban Development (US HUD). HOME investment partnerships program.

CDOLA-HOME - Colorado Department of Local Affairs (CDOLA). HOME Investment Partnership Program.

MDOC-HOME - Montana Department of Commerce (MDOC): Community Development Division. HOME Investment Partnership Program.

OCDP-HOME - Ocean County Department of Planning (OCDP). HOME Investment Partnership Program. Ocean County, New Jersey. Information on first-time homebuyers program, rental housing production through Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, and tenant-based rental assistance.

NE Minnesota-HOME - Prosperity North: Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority, Minnesota. About HOME Investment Partnerships Program: provides funding for housing activities in five counties in northeast Minnesota.

Sioux City-HOME - Sioux City, Iowa. HOME Investment Partnership Program.

Arlington-HOME - Arlington, Texas. HOME Investment Partnership Program.

Delano-HOME - City of Delano, California. HOME Investment Partnership Program.

Hartford-HOME - Hartford Has It. HOME Investment Partnerships Program. Hartford, CT.

Date Last Updated

Jul 27, 2016