About Us

In 1998 Jefferson, Washington and Waukesha Counties joined together to form the HOME Consortium and become eligible to receive federal HOME program funds to support the creation and maintenance of affordable housing. In 1999, Ozaukee County agreed to participate in the Consortium. The main purposes of the HOME Consortium are to advance home ownership opportunities with a down payment assistance program, and to maintain the quality of the existing housing stock through low-interest housing rehabilitation loans. All programs are available to households in the participating counties that earn 80% or less of the area median income.For the Consortium to be officially recognized, the government of each participating community was required to adopt a formal resolution and execute a Participation Agreement. Every municipality in Jefferson, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties, with the exception of Sullivan (Jefferson County) and Chenequa and Oconomowoc Lake (Waukesha County), has formally approved participation in the HOME Consortium.

The Board

A 12 member Board of Directors governs the HOME Consortium.

Annual Allocation

The HOME Consortium receives an annual allocation of HOME money through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Consortium then publishes an annual budget for public comment by September, and the budget is approved by the HOME Board in October. The HOME Consortium allocates its funding into three basic categories: Administration, Core Programs, and CHDO Projects. Funding for the Core Programs is given directly to eligible families, and CHDO funds are awarded to eligible organizations through a competitive process. The Consortium also has funding available for non-CHDO development of affordable housing. This funding is open to nonprofit and for profit developers based on availability. The 2013 Recommended Allocation is available now.

The Programs

The Consortium also carries out large scale development projects using CHDO set-aside funding as well as some program income and other dedicated revenue sources .