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Foothills NC HOME Consortium

Foothills has been certified as a HOME Consortium and expects to begin implementing the program in September 2022.

What is a HOME Consortium?

Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is a federal grant program through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that provides grant funds on a reimbursable basis to support decent, affordable housing for low-income households, expand the capacity of non-profit housing providers, strengthen the ability of state and local governments to provide housing, and leverage private-sector participation.

By forming a regional HOME Consortium, FRC member governments can obtain funding from HUD to apply towards affordable housing options in Cleveland, McDowell, Polk, and Rutherford Counties. Before obtaining any of this funding, however, the region must create a consolidated housing plan. Foothills Regional Commission is currently leading the process of creating such a plan with input from stakeholders across the region.

If you are interested in being part of that planning process or have questions about the HOME Consortium or consolidated housing plan, please email Mackenzie Wicker at [email protected].

Possible HOME Consortium Funding Uses

  • New Construction
  • Rehabilitation
  • Down Payment Assistance
  • Rental Assistance
  • Site Improvements
  • Acquisition of Property
  • Relocation Costs
  • And More….

Foothills NC HUD HOME Consortium Information and Documents

Foothills Housing Task Force Regional Plan

The Foothills Housing Task Force was made up of nonprofit, government, and community leaders around the Foothills region whose goal was to study the issue of affordable housing in the four-county region, consult with housing industry experts, and explore ways the region’s municipalities and government sectors can protect existing opportunities for quality, stable, and affordable housing for residents and extend those opportunities.

See the Task Force’s regional plan here.

FRC also held a Regional Housing Summit in November 2019 at the Rutherford Clubhouse with more than 65 participants from Polk, Cleveland, McDowell and Rutherford Counties. The goal of the gathering was to hear a market study on housing, housing availability and housing affordability in this region and how to develop a Regional Housing Strategy. A full report of the Housing Summit results is available here.