Anderson County to accept comments on HOME-ARP allocation plan

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Anderson County will hold a public hearing at 4 pm August 8 to receive comments on the County’s HOME-ARP Allocation Plan. The hearing will be held at the Anderson County Historic Courthouse, 101 S. Main St. in Anderson.

The public hearing will discuss the HOME-ARP allocation plan from eligible use activities to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability in the County. Public comments will be accepted during the hearing.

A draft version of the HOME-American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) Allocation Plan will also be available for review and comment for a 15-day public comment period.

The County was awarded $2,142,273 in HOME-American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds in a one-time allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Federal HOME-ARP funding was created to assist individuals or households who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, and other vulnerable populations, by providing affordable housing, rental assistance, supportive services, and/or non-congregate shelter, to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability. The HOME-ARP Allocation Plan defines the use of the HOME-ARP grant funds to address these needs within the HUD-approved eligible activities.

The County will make funds available for activities once the HOME-ARP Allocation Plan’s associated consultation, public participation process, and HUD approval have been completed.

The comment period for the County’s HOME-ARP Allocation Plan runs from July 28 through August 12.

The draft HOME-ARP Allocation Plan is available online at www.andersoncountysc.org/news and in person at the County’s Administrative Office located at 101 South Main Street, Anderson. Written comments may be delivered in person at the above location or emailed to snewton@andersoncountysc.org. Comments can also be provided via phone (864) 260-1010.

Further public comment is encouraged at the public hearing scheduled for Aug. 8. The meeting will be held in-person and virtually.

To participate virtually via Microsoft Teams, send request via email to snewton@andersoncountysc.org and a link will be sent to you to enable access.

The County will make efforts to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled members of the public in accessing County programs and to provide translation assistance if needed.

Contact the Anderson County Governmental Affairs Office at (864) 260-1010 or via email to snewton@andersoncountysc.org at least 96 hours in advance if translation assistance is needed for a public meeting.