OFFICE OF HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing & Community Development website is a resource for community-based programs, plans and possibilities in New Bedford. The Department 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 ProvideNetwork at www.nbhspn.com.

FY2019 final CAPER IS NOW AVAILABLE!

The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing & Community Development announces the publication of its CAPER for FY2019 and its four page CAPER SUMMARY. The FY2019 CAPER reports on the status and outcome of programs, activities and budgets that took place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 for the following federal programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and HOME Program.

Click Here For a copy of the fy2019 caper 

Click Here For a Copy of the FY2019 CAPER Summary

The City of New Bedford and its Office of Housing & Community Development has collaborated with community partners in developing the New Bedford Age Friendly Initiative- Housing Resources Guide- Promoting Aging in Community.

Information relative to Renting/Rental Properties, Home Ownership and a range of other resources including the prevention of homelessness, legal assistance, utility assistance, disabilities and pets—just to name a few—are included in this document.

 Access the Housing Resources Guide Here!

This publication is presented in good faith and is intended for general guidance only. Neither the City of New Bedford nor Coastline Elderly Services endorse, recommend, guarantee, warrant or assume any liability for the performance or lack thereof by any of the resources identified within this document. Users of this guide must make independent determinations as to the suitability of the information for their own purposes. Information presented within the publication is accurate as of November 2020.

CDBG-CV AND ESG-CV FUNDING

The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) has received Community Development Block Grant – COVID (CDBG-CV) funds and Emergency Solutions Grant –COVID (ESG-CV) funds for use in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed on March 27, 2020, to respond to the growing effects of the COVID Pandemic.

The City of New Bedford has been awarded CDBG-CV and ESG-CV funding from the CARES Act through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). New Bedford’s CDBG-CV allocation is $1,624,151 and its ESG-CV allocation is $805,424.

The award and use of these funds necessitated a substantial amendment to the city’s existing  FY19 Action Plan that is undertaken through a public process administered by the city’s OHCD. In addition to a public meeting (held virtually via ZOOM) about the process and funding availability, the OHCD issued two RFPs through which it solicited grant applications for CDBG-CV and ESG-CV activities. Applications for funding will be available electronically through this website. The public meeting was conducted via Zoom on Thursday, June 11th at 6.00pm.

A copy of the meeting materials, RFPs and RFP instructions are available to the public on this website, below.

SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT CALENDAR

SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT PUBLIC MEETING POWERPOINT

SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT PUBLIC MEETING – RECORDING

CDBG-CV REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP)
CDBG-CV RFP INSTRUCTIONS

ESG-CV REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP)
ESG-CV RFP INSTRUCTIONS

SUBRECIPIENT WORKSHOP PRESENTATION FY20 ESG/ESG-CV

SUBRECIPIENT WORKSHOP PRESENTATION FY20 CDBG/CDBG-CV

 

substantial amendment to the fy19 annual action plan
and the citizen participation plan  

The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) proposed, and the City Council approved on July 16, 2020, a substantial amendment to its One Year Action Plan (FY2019) and its Citizen Participation Plan to receive a $1,624,151 allocation of Community Development Block Grant CDBG COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) funding and a $805,424 allocation of Emergency solutions Grant ESG COVID-19 (ESG-CV) funding.

A public hearing was held virtually using Zoom meeting at the regular meeting of the City Council on July 16, 2020 at 7.00pm to consider any and all public comments on the amended 2019 Annual Action Plan and the Citizen Participation Plan.

SUMMARY OF SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT TO FY2019 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN

FY19 ACTION PLAN WITH SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT

AMENDMENT TO THE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN

Questions about the Substantial Amendment may be sent to OHCD@newbedford-ma.gov

 

2020-2024 Consolidated plan, annual action plan
and

analysis of impediments to fair housing

The Consolidated Plan is a five-year document that identifies community needs and spending priorities for Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant and HOME Program funding that the city receives as an entitlement community.

The Annual Action Plan is a one-year plan that explains and discusses available block grant funding for the coming fiscal year and how it will be used to fulfill Consolidated Plan priorities.

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing comprehensively reviews the community’s laws, regulations, administrative policies, housing market and housing practices to determine whether any barriers to fair and equal access to housing are present.


NOW AVAILABLE: CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND ACTION PLAN

 

click here to see the  FINAL plan


other 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing materials

Final 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan
FY2024 Consolidated Plan and FY2020 Action Plan Calendar
FY2020 Community Forums Flyer
FY2020 Community Forum December PowerPoint
FY2020 Community Forum January PowerPoint
FY2020 CDBG Request for Proposal Instructions
FY2020 CDBG Request for Proposal Application (RFP) 
FY2020 ESG Request for Proposal Instructions
FY2020 ESG Request for Proposal Application (RFP)
FY2020 ESG – Authorization Form
FY2020 CDBG – Authorization Form
FY20 ESG TA Workshop Presentation 
FY20 CDBG TA Workshop Presentation
Draft Plans Available for Public Review Flyer
Subrecipient Workshop Presentation FY20 ESG/ESG-CV
Subrecipient Workshop Presentation FY20 CDBG/CDBG-CV

Press Releases

April 26, 2019

New Bedford celebrates Community Development Week

April 25, 2019

Upgraded Buttonwood Senior Center officially reopened

February 05, 2019                       

New Bedford awarded federal homeless assistance funds

 

January 28, 2019         

City to conduct annual Point-in-Time Count for 2019

 

January 04, 2019        

New Bedford residents invited to attend public meetings on U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development federal funding for Fiscal Year 2019

 

November 2, 2018      

Homeless Service Providers Network presents Raymond Duarte with annual Sister Rose award

 

January 23, 2018    

City to conduct annual Point-in-Time Count for 2018

 

January 05, 2018  

New Bedford Residents Invited to Attend Public Meetings on U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Federal Funding for Fiscal Year 2018
Community Forums

 

November 1, 2017           

Homeless Service Providers Network presents the Rev. David Lima with its annual Sister Rose Award

 

October 11, 2017   

Formerly vacant property revitalized by City of New Bedford and Excalibur Property Management Inc., is sold through lottery to first time homebuyer

 

August 1, 2017       

City Director of Planning, Housing & Community Development named 2017-2018 President of National Community Development Association

National Community Development Association Executive Committee

 

August 1, 2017     

West End Playground Hillman Street and Ash Street

 

December 22, 2016         

City Wins Federal Homeless Assistance Funds

 

December 7, 2016      

New Plans in Place for New Bedford’s Extreme Weather Shelter The Call 1-800-HOMELESS

 

October 19, 2016    

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

 

August 9, 2016         

Formerly Distressed Property Revitalized by City of New Bedford and PACE is Sold Through Lottery to First Time Homebuyer

 

July 7, 2016         

New Bedford Director of Planning, Housing and Community Development Named Vice President of National Community Development Association

 

February 24, 2016      

City of new Bedford Announces CitiWorks Mini-Grant Program

 

January 26, 2016           

City of New Bedford and Homeless Service Providers Network to Conduct Annual Point in Time Count of Persons Experiencing Homelessness

 

January 8, 2016                       

New Bedford Residents Invited to Attend Public Meetings on U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Federal Funding for Fiscal Year 2016

September 21, 2016

Dartmouth Mall Homebuyer Fair

http://s3.amazonaws.com/newbedford-ma/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/20191219201254/aMassHousingDartmouth-Mall-Flyer_Harvest-Fest-Ad_Sept-2016.pdf

September 21, 2016

First Time Home Buyer Seminar

http://s3.amazonaws.com/newbedford-ma/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/20191219201253/FTHB-Flyer-SEMAR-November-2016.pdf

June 21, 2016

First Time Home Buyer Seminar

http://s3.amazonaws.com/newbedford-ma/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/20191219201254/FTHB-Flyer-BayCoast-September-2016.pdf

June 1, 2016

36 Jireh Street Home Ownership Opportunity

http://s3.amazonaws.com/newbedford-ma/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/20191219201257/PACE-36-Jireh-St-Lottery-Flyer.pdf

April 20, 2016

First Time Home Buyer Seminar

http://s3.amazonaws.com/newbedford-ma/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/20191219201300/FTHB-Seminar-Flyer-FMCU-060716.pdf

February 5, 2016

First Time Home Buyer Seminar

http://s3.amazonaws.com/newbedford-ma/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/20191219201302/FTHB-Flyer-SEMAR-April-2016_edited.pdf

September 23, 2015

First Time Home Buyer Seminar

http://s3.amazonaws.com/newbedford-ma/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/20191219201308/FTHB_Flyer_SMCU_September_2015.pdf

June 9, 2015

First Time Home Buyer Seminar

http://s3.amazonaws.com/newbedford-ma/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/20191219201308/FTHB_Flyer_SMCU_September_2015.pdf

April 15, 2015

389 Cottage Street Neighborhood First Home Ownership Opportunity (Updated)

http://s3.amazonaws.com/newbedford-ma/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/20191219201308/389_Cottage_Street_April_May_Final.pdf

No Cost Workshop

http://s3.amazonaws.com/newbedford-ma/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/20191219201308/Credit_workshop_Flyer_May_2015_-revised.pdf

April 13, 2015

First Time Home Buyer Seminar

http://s3.amazonaws.com/newbedford-ma/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/20191219201309/FTHB_Flyer_June2015.pdf

February 23, 2015

First Time Home Buyer Seminar

http://s3.amazonaws.com/newbedford-ma/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/20191219201309/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