The City of Independence is a Participating Jurisdiction (PJ) utilizing federal HOME Funds which are specifically focused on the development of affordable housing. This may include the construction or rehabilitation of rental housing, development of new housing for home ownership, and down payment assistance for first time home buyers to assist in aquiring a city funded NSP or HOME property. Funding can be used by for profit and not for profit developers. Eligibility and appropriateness of project (s) are determined on a case by case basis. The City currently is focusing HOME resources on new housing development in the northwest area of the City in addition to supporting a first time home buyer program which is available citywide.