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NOFA #2023-9: Homeless Housing Response and Capacity Strengthening Notice of Funding (NOFA)

NOFA Status: Closed and awarded

This NOFA provides resources for developing service-enriched housing for people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, veterans, and domestic violence survivors in rural communities and helping rural communities increase capacity to develop service-enriched housing. It uses funds from the HOME Investment Partnerships American Rescue Plan Program (HOME-ARP) and General Housing Account Program (GHAP). 

HOME ARP development and GHAP Capacity Building resources included in this Homeless Housing Response and Capacity Strengthening Grant NOFA will be allocated using the regional set asides and corresponding funding percentages indicated below. Additional details about the funding set-asides can be found within the NOFA.
  1. Western Rural Counties (30%):Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Polk, Tillamook, Yamhill
    1. $7,500,000 HOME ARP development
    2. $450,000 GHAP Capacity Building
  2. Central Rural Counties (20%): Crook, Deschutes, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Sherman, Wasco
    1. $5,000,000 HOME ARP development
    2. $300,000 GHAP Capacity Building
  3. Eastern Rural Counties (30%): Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Wallowa, Wheeler, Umatilla, Union
    1. $7,500,000 HOME ARP development
    2. $450,000 GHAP Capacity Building
  4. Urban Balance of State (20%): Bend, Medford, Albany, Corvallis
    1. $5,000,000 HOME ARP development
    2. $300,000 GHAP Capacity Building

Grant Awards

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) has awarded $7.5 million in funding allocated through the Homeless Housing Response and Capacity Strengthening Notice of Funding Availability. This is the first award of a one-time $25 million HOME American Rescue Plan (ARP) federal investment. These funds will go towards developing housing for those who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness in Oregon’s rural communities. 

The $7.5 million awarded went to develop Liberty Village Apartments located in Hermiston which will focus on Veterans at risk of homelessness. This property is being built by Umatilla County Housing Authority and Casa of Oregon. Liberty Village Apartments will provide 17 total homes, 15 with rental assistance, and primarily affordable at 30% median family income.  

OHCS has awarded $1.7 million to provide rural housing organizations with funding to increase their capacity to address housing needs in their communities. Applicants include: 

  • Burns Paiute Tribe
  • Malheur and Harney County Housing Authorities 
  • Clatsop Community Action 
  • Community Services Consortium 
  • Coos-Curry Housing Authorities/City of North Bend  
  • Peace at Home Advocacy Center
  • Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation 
Currently OHCS is actively working with each grant recipient. The remaining HOME-ARP development funds will be reserved for two years for use by capacity building grantees from this NOFA.