Office of Housing & Community Development

The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing and Community Development website is a resource for community-based programs, plans and possibilities in New Bedford. The Office of Housing and Community Development is comprised of two distinct sections that encompass housing activities and community development activities, both of which are integral to neighborhood revitalization activities for the City of New Bedford.

Click here for an overview of our office, then wander through our site and discover these possibilities in greater detail.
Our offices are located on the second floor of the Anthony S. Catojo Building (the New Bedford Art Museum) at 608 Pleasant Street in downtown New Bedford.

If you would like additional information regarding the city’s activities around homelessness, please also refer to the City of New Bedford’s Homeless Service Provider’s Network at www.nbhspn.com.

The City of New Bedford’s Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development hosted
TWO COMMUNITY MEETINGS
to explain and discuss available funding from the following federal programs:
Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant and the  HOME Program

Those public meetings were held January 12, 2016 at Carney Academy and January 13, 2016 at the Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development Offices.

These community meetings provided a review of each of the three federal programs along with a look at how funding from last fiscal year was spent. In addition, both meetings provided a forum for citizens to discuss the housing and community development needs of lower income people as the city begins preparing for FY16.

For the complete Action Plan 2016 Calendar and for more information about these meetings and the process for this year, please click here for the Action Plan FY16 calendar and take a look below under
Annual Action Plan & RFP Documents
for everything you need to know about this process, the application packets (RFPs) and all the powerpoints and technical training offered for both CDBG and ESG proposals.

Press Releases

September 23, 2015

First Time Home Buyer Seminar

http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/community-development/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2015/FTHB_Flyer_SMCU_September_2015.pdf

June 9, 2015

First Time Home Buyer Seminar

http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/community-development/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2015/FTHB_Flyer_SMCU_September_2015.pdf

April 15, 2015

389 Cottage Street Neighborhood First Home Ownership Opportunity (Updated)

http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/community-development/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2015/389_Cottage_Street_April_May_Final.pdf

No Cost Workshop

http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/community-development/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2015/Credit_workshop_Flyer_May_2015_-revised.pdf

April 13, 2015

First Time Home Buyer Seminar

http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/community-development/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2015/FTHB_Flyer_June2015.pdf

February 23, 2015

First Time Home Buyer Seminar

http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/community-development/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2015/FTHB_Flyer_SEMAR_April_2015.pdf

November 25, 2014

Revitalized New Bedford Property Sold to First Time Home Buyer Ms. Sara Smith Lewis and Family

http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/mayor/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2013/pressreleases/2014/11252014_Revitalized_New_Bedford_Property_Sold_to_First_Time_Home_Buyer.pdf

November 7, 2014

City Seeks Public Input in Developing Long-Term Plan for Funding Housing Community Development Priorities

http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/mayor/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2013/pressreleases/2014/11072014_City_Seeks_Public_Input_in_Developing_Long-Term_Plan_for_Funding_Housing_Community_Development_Priorities.pdf

October 22, 2014

New Bedford Office of Housing and Community Development Partners With MassHousing to Host “Homebuyer Fair” at the Dartmouth Mall
Homebuyer Fair Flyer

http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/mayor/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2013/pressreleases/2014/10222014_New_Bedford_Housing_and_Community_Development_MassHousing_Host_Homebuyer_Fair_at_the_Dartmouth_Mall.pdf

April 22, 2014

Mayor Mitchell, Congressman Keating and Other Local Officials to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/mayor/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2013/pressreleases/2014/042214_CDBG_Program.pdf

April 9, 2014

New Bedford Awarded $1.8 Million Federal Grant to Combat Homelessness

http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/mayor/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2013/pressreleases/2014/040914_Homelessness.pdf

March 18, 2014

Mayor Mitchell Announces Release of FY 2014 Draft Action Plan

http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/mayor/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2013/pressreleases/2014/03182014_Mayor_Mitchell_Announces_Release_of_FY_2014_Draft_Action_Plan.pdf

March 18, 2014

New Bedford Launches CitiWorks Mini-Grant Program

http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/mayor/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2013/pressreleases/2014/03182014_New_Bedford_Launches_CitiWorks_Mini-Grant_Program_2014.pdf

January 28, 2014

New Bedford’s Homeless Service Providers Network to Conduct 2014 Annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count

http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/mayor/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2013/pressreleases/2014/012814_Homeless_Count.pdf

January 7, 2014

Mayor Mitchell Encourages Residents to Attend Public Meeting on U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Funding for Fiscal Year 2014

http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/mayor/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2013/pressreleases/2014/010714_CDBG_Funding.pdf

OHCD Notices

5 Year Consolidated Plan

The City of New Bedford’s Five Year Consolidated Plan (2015-2020) and Annual Action Plan (2015) is now available here.

Having completed a broad public outreach process which provided significant community input, the City of New Bedford’s Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development produced both the five year plan and annual action plan.

Hard copies of this document are also available in the city’s library branches and at the Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development’s OHCD Offices at 608 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA  02740.

City of New Bedford Five Year Consolidated Plan 2015-2020 and One Year Annual Action Plan 2015

Annual Action Plan & RFP Documents

CAPER FY2014

CitiWorks Mini-Grant Program 2015

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