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HUD Participation & Documents

Down East HOME Consortium
DEHC

The Down East Home Consortium (DEHC) consists of ten (10) jurisdictions within Nash and Edgecombe Counties, North Carolina. The association into a consortium was formalized in late 1996 in order to become an eligible recipient of HOME funds. The DEHC addresses housing, homeless and non-housing community development needs for the City of Rocky Mount and only housing, homeless and related human service needs for the rest of the Consortium. The process involves an intensive collaborative effort between Rocky Mount and representatives of each member jurisdiction through a Consortium Steering Committee.

The Down East HOME Consortium consists of: Bailey, Conetoe, Dortches, Edgecombe County, Nash County, Nashville, Pinetops, Princeville, Sharpsburg, Spring Hope, Tarboro, Rocky Mount, Middlesex and Whitakers.

Fair Housing Act & the Assessment of Fair Housing

The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule which clarifies existing fair housing obligations for HUD program participants like the City and the DEHC. The new process of analyzing the local fair housing landscape is known as an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH). The AFH assesses the following four fair housing issues:

  • Patterns of integration and segregation;

  • Racially or ethnically concentrated areas of poverty;

  • Disparities in access to opportunity; and

  • Disproportionate housing needs.

From the assessment, program participants are required to set goals to overcome fair housing issues and related contributing factors. Those goals must inform subsequent housing and community development planning processes, namely the Consolidated Plan.

The City and the DEHC underwent its AFH process from February 2017 to December 2017. The process included inclusive community participation from non-profits, the business community, government agencies, and neighborhood groups, etc. The end result is the following document, the 2018-2021 Assessment of Fair Housing.

Continuum of Care

The Continuum of Care system that serves Nash and Edgecombe Counties in eastern North Carolina is lead by the Twin County Housing Initiative (TCHI). The TCHI Executive Board meets monthly with additional Board or committee meetings as needed. TCHI Board has four permanent committees: Technical Assistance, Advocacy, Affordable Housing/Affordable Rentals, and Foundation Research. TCHI is responsible for preparation of the Continuum of Care document for Nash and Edgecombe Counties.