HOME Investment Partnerships Program

The Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act created the Home Investment Partnership (HOME) Program in 1990.  This federal program provides annual grants to cities, counties and states throughout the United States to support affordable housing activities that benefit very low and low-income households.

Use of Funds

The Commission distributes funding in a competitive funding cycle. Funds are awarded for rental assistance, development of new rental units, and rehabilitation of existing units or conversion of existing facilities for us as affordable housing for very low-income families and seniors in Sonoma County. 

Funding Cycle

As a designated Urban County, Sonoma County receives approximately $800,000 in HOME Program funds annually. The Sonoma County Community Development Commission administers the program for the County, and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors makes the final decision regarding the local distribution of the funds.

The funding cycle for the HOME Program is a part of the Consolidated Plan and follows the timetable for that process.

Eligible Activities

The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) provides formula grants to states and localities that communities use - often in partnership with local nonprofit groups - to fund a wide range of activities including:

  •  Building, buying and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership
  • Providing direct rental assistance to low-income people

CHDO Set-Aside

At least 15 percent of HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds must be set aside for specific activities to be undertaken by a special type of nonprofit called a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). A CHDO is a private nonprofit, community-based organization that has staff with the capacity to develop affordable housing for the community it serves. In order to qualify for designation as a CHDO, the organization must meet certain requirements pertaining to their legal status, organizational structure, and capacity and experience.

More information for HOME CHDOs 

Contact Information

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Income and Rent Limits

Income and Rent Limits
Maximum household income and rent cost to be eligible for programs administered by the Sonoma County Community Development Commission.

Finance Programs