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Posted on: April 5, 2022

Community invited to assist in prioritizing use of federal funds

HOME-ARP Planning Meeting

Funds will be used to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability

KILLEEN, Texas (April 5, 2022) – The City of Killeen’s Community Development Department will host a special community planning meeting at City Hall on April 7 at 6 p.m. to gain public input in development of the Killeen HOME-ARP Allocation Plan.

The City of Killeen was granted $1,778,641 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under section 3205 of the American Rescue Plan Act (P.L. 11702)(“ARP”), for the Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) to provide homelessness assistance and supportive services. This program is known as the HOME-American Rescue Plan or “HOME-ARP.”

These funds are eligible for development and support of affordable housing, tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA), provision of supportive services, and development of non-congregate shelter units for Qualified Populations (QP’s) who are homeless, at-risk of homelessness, fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence; other populations where supportive services or assistance would prevent homelessness or serve those with the greatest risk of housing instability, and veterans and families that include a veteran family member who meet one of the previous criteria.

Community planning meetings are part the City of Killeen Citizen Participation Plan, which seeks to engage community leaders, stakeholders, developers, lenders, non-profit and for-profit entities, and other interested parties in the planning process. Meetings are also in accordance with HUD’s general requirements for grant programs that encourage and involve residents, including persons of predominantly low-and moderate-income neighborhoods, in the development of annual strategies to address community needs.

Meetings are expected to last 90 minutes and will begin with a presentation about the Home Investment Partnership-American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) programs. Attendees will then participate in identifying and prioritizing strategies to address local needs. A digital component will record real-time results from participants through web and text technology. Attendees are encouraged to bring a mobile phone or tablet, but this is not required to participate.

Results of the planning meetings will be combined with priorities received through consultations with area providers of housing and support services as required by the HOME-ARP Allocation Plan process and will be presented in a draft document for further citizen comment.

The Zoom meeting link, meeting ID and password are:

For more information about these meetings, visit www.KilleenTexas.gov/HOME-ARP.

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