PRO Housing Grant Application

On July 27, 2023, the White House announced $85 million in federal grant funding for communities across the country to identify and remove barriers to affordable housing production and preservation. The Pathways to Removing Obstacles to Housing (PRO Housing) grant will be administered through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant is intended to highlight the efforts of communities that have shown commitment to addressing the housing crisis and support projects that create long-term affordable housing. The grant awards will range between $1 million and $10 million. PRO Housing incentivizes housing-forward actions to further development, evaluate, and implement housing challenges and facilitate the production and preservation of affordable housing. More information on the funding opportunity can be found on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's website.

Proposal Description

The City of Brevard is requesting $6,000,000 as part of the PRO Housing grant program to preserve safe and affordable housing. The project is comprised of two components, described below:
  • Azalea / Rhododendron Neighborhood Sewer Extension: The first grant-funded activity is extending sewer utilities to the Azalea / Rhododendron neighborhood in Transylvania County. This predominately low-income neighborhood is plagued with failing septic systems that are costly to repair. Extending sewer utilities in this area will address a major public health concern, preserve the naturally occurring affordable housing found in the neighborhood, and create a favorable environment for developers to create new housing opportunities on the vacant parcels.
  • Housing Trust Fund Affordable Housing Preservation Programs: The second grant-funding activity is endowing the City of Brevard’s Housing Trust Fund’s affordable housing preservation programs. These programs will enable low-income homeowners to rehabilitate existing affordable housing units, improve quality and safety of the housing units, and remain in their community. The Housing Trust Fund investment will implement many of the City’s housing strategies, as identified in the Building Brevard 2030 Comprehensive Land Use Plan, by preserving affordable housing throughout the City of Brevard’s entire planning jurisdiction.
Map of PRO Housing Grant Application Geographic Scope

Public Comment

The City is requesting public comments to inform the grant proposal. Members of the public can provide feedback by: 

  • Filling out the comment form below
  • Speaking at the public hearing held at the City Council meeting on October 2, 2023, starting at 5:30 pm in City Council Chambers
  • Emailing Emily Brewer at with written comments
  • Contacting the Planning Department at 828-885-5630 to provide verbal comment
The grant application is due on October 30, 2023. Please submit all public comments by October 20, 2023 to ensure they can be incorporated into the application.