HOME Investment Partnerships Program
Purpose of Program
The HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program is a federal program that provides
funds to the State and certain local governments to promote affordable housing activities.
Maryland's program is administered by
and a portion of the annual allocation is used in conjunction with existing CDA
Development, Homeownership, and Special Loan Programs. Funds also are allocated
to an Initiatives Fund, which are awarded competitively to stimulate ideas, test
new ideas in housing, initiate pilot programs, and support promising projects.
Eligible Types of Projects
HOME funds may be used to finance the construction, acquisition, and rehabilitation
of rental housing, owner-occupied housing, and special needs housing such as group
homes. For HOME funds used in conjunction with CDA programs, projects must meet
the eligibility criteria for the CDA program. For HOME funds from the Initiatives
Fund, eligible projects must be projects that are ineligible for or do not need
CDA program funds, or for programs, projects, and activities which CDA has elected,
as a matter of policy, not to fund under its existing programs.
Nonprofit organizations, local governments, local housing agencies and State government
agencies are eligible to apply for HOME funds.
For rental housing units, HOME funds are targeted to residents with incomes that
do not exceed 50 percent of area median income or non-metro median income, whichever
is the greater, adjusted for household size. For owner-occupied units, HOME funds
are targeted to those with incomes at or below 55 percent of the statewide median
income for a four-person household. The number of units restricted for income purposes
will generally be equal to the number of units determined by dividing the HOME funds
by the total cost of the project and multiplying the result times the total units
in the project. CDA may approve a lesser number of restricted units at these income
levels if the lesser number is needed for financial viability of the project.
Terms of HOME Funds
Generally, HOME funds are provided as zero interest deferred loans, but may be provided
as grants under certain limited circumstances. Loans require equity sharing with
CDA in the event the project is sold or no longer provides low- income housing.
Loan terms range from 20 to 40 years depending on the type of housing financed.
The maximum amount of assistance to a single project or activity generally will
not exceed the amount needed to make the project viable and to comply with any federal
For More Information:
Single Family Housing Programs
Community Development Administration
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
7800 Harkins Road, Lanham, MD 20706
Toll Free (Maryland Only): 800-638-7781