Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development


The City of New Bedford’s Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development’s [DPHCD] website is a resource for city-wide programs, plans and possibilities in New Bedford. Comprised of three distinct divisions, the DPHCD’s work focuses on city planning, housing and community-based activities that strengthen the city and help develop strategies to increase the growth and prosperity of New Bedford’s residents.

________________       The Planning Division is responsible for providing sound, unbiased planning practices, resulting in the implementation of short and long-term plans and policies for the City of New Bedford, Planning administers and the local and state regulations regarding land use and land reuse, oversees the site plan review process for construction projects and reviews the proposed signage for compliance with the city’s sign ordinance. The Planning Division also provides primary staff support to the Planning Board, Historical Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.

________________      The Housing Division administers a range of programs geared towards assisting folks with homeownership, rehabilitation, accessibility, emergency repairs and lead paint. Funding for these programs comes from both the federal government and state-wide programs, all of which are intended for households in low-moderate income ranges.

________________      The Community Development Division relies on federal dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development [HUD] in undertaking a wide range of community-based activities ranging from street improvements and demolitions to economical development and public services. Information specific to the City of New Bedford’s efforts around ending homelessness may also be found at the City of New Bedford Homeless Service Provider’s Network website at

You can now access a copy of the powerpoint presentation used during these 2017 Action Plan Community Forums here at
FY17 Action Plan Presentation

If you’re interested in applying for funding in this FY17 Action Plan round, you can access the application materials here:

For community development projects…

FY17 CDBG RFP Instructions

For emergency solutions grant funding…

FY17 ESG RFP Instructions


Additional information is available to you at our RFP Technical Assistance Workshops being held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development conference room at 608 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA.

The Community Development workshop will be held on that date at 9am.
The Emergency Solutions Grant workshop will be held on that date immediately following at 10am.

You are invited to attend one or both.  If you are interested, copies of the powerpoints we will use in these workshops are now

Available here:

CDBG RFP Workshop
ESG RFP Workshop



Click here for the City of New Bedford’s Community Preservation Committee

is now available for public comment and review!
Click here to review the FINAL CAPER.

FY16 ACTION PLAN is now available!
Click here to review the final ACTION PLAN.


This website is a great resource of community-based programs, plans and possibilities in New Bedford. Regardless of which division you begin exploring, you’ll find ideas, activities and accomplishments that are integral to downtown and neighborhood revitalization activities for the City of New Bedford.