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 Provider Network at www.nbhspn.com.

FY2021 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN

The Annual Action Plan is a one-year plan that explains and discusses available federal block grant funding (Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant and HOME Program funding) that the city receives as an entitlement community. The FY21 Annual Action Plan addresses how the funding will be used to fulfill Consolidated Plan priorities. (The city’s current Consolidated Plan is a five-year document that identifies community needs and spending priorities for FY2020-FY2024.)

As part of its Annual Action Plan process, the City’s Office of Housing & Community Development (OHCD) conducted two virtual public meetings, one on January 12, 2021 at 6 pm and a second on January 13, 2021 at 6 pm about the federal funding that the city receives as an entitlement community under the U.S. Department of Housing & Community Development and how that funding was used during the previous fiscal year.

Click here to view the recorded session from January 12th.

The City of New Bedford also hosted RFP workshops to explain and discuss the RFP (Request for Proposal application) and process for applying for these funds on Friday, January 15th. The 9 am session that morning addressed CDBG funding and the 10 am session addressed ESG funding. Contact the OHCD at OHCD@newbedford-ma.gov with any questions. Proposal deadline is Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12noon.

This information is available in Portuguese or Spanish upon request. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if any accommodations are needed, please contact the Office of Housing and Community Development at OHCD@newbedford-ma.gov

FY2021 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN MATERIALS

FY21 Annual Action Plan Calendar
FY21 Community Forums Flyer (English)
FY21 Community Forums Flyer (Portuguese)
FY21 Community Forums Flyer (Spanish)
FY21 Community Forum January PowerPoint Presentation
FY21 CDBG Request for Proposal Instructions
FY21 CDBG Request for Proposal Application (RFP)
FY21 CDBG Signature Authorization Form
FY21 CDBG RFP Workshop Presentation
FY21 ESG Request for Proposal Instructions
FY21 ESG Request for Proposal Application (RFP)
FY21 ESG Signature Authorization Form
FY21 ESG RFP Workshop Presentation
Draft FY21 Action Plan Available for Public Review (Flyer)
Draft FY21 Annual Action Plan

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 was awarded CDBG-CV and ESG-CV funding from the CARES Act through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). This initial allocation necessitated a substantial amendment to the FY19 Annual Action Plan and FY15-FY19 Consolidated Plan as well as an amendment to the Citizen Participation Plan. New Bedford’s initial allocation for CDBG-CV was $1,624,151 and its ESG-CV allocation was $805,424.

A second substantial amendment was adopted in December 2020 to reflect additional ESG-CV and CDBG-CV funding. All CARES Act (CV) funding is again specifically intended for use in addressing and responding to the growing effects of the COVID Pandemic. New Bedford’s subsequent allocation for CDBG-CV (referred to as CDBG-CV3) was $ 951,553 and its ESG-CV (referred to as ESG-CV2) allocation was $1,576,274.

The award and use of these funds similarly necessitated a substantial amendment to the city’s existing FY19 Action Plan and was undertaken through a public process administered by the city’s OHCD.

 

SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENTS TO THE FY19 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN, the FY15-FY19 CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND

an amendment to THE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN

 

Each time the City of New Bedford receives an allocation of funding arising from the CARES Act (Covid funding), it necessitates a substantial amendment to the City’s One Year Action Plan (FY2019), the FY15-FY19 Consolidated Plan and, in the initial round, only, an amendment to the Citizen Participation Plan.

In light of this, the City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) proposed, and the City Council approved, an initial substantial amendment to its One Year Action Plan (FY2019) as well as an amendment to its Citizen Participation Plan on July 16, 2020 in order to receive an initial allocation of $1,624,151 of Community Development Block Grant CDBG COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) funding and $805,424 of Emergency solutions Grant ESG COVID-19 (ESG-CV) funding. The OHCD issued RFPs for both funding rounds through which it solicited grant applications for eligible CDBG-CV and ESG-CV activities. Applications were available electronically through this website during the open RFP periods.

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

 

SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT #1 MATERIALS

SUMMARY OF SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT TO FY2019 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN
FY19 ACTION PLAN WITH SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT
AMENDMENT TO THE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN

The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) subsequently proposed a second substantial amendment reflecting an additional allocation for CDBG-CV and ESG-CV funding. All CARES Act (CV) funding continues to be specifically intended for use in responding to the growing effects of the COVID Pandemic. New Bedford will receive $951,553 in CDBG-CV3 funding for additional projects and 1,576,274 for a second round of ESG-CV projects.

The DRAFT Substantial Amendment (#2) to the FY2019 Annual Action Plan was made available for public comment and was adopted at the regular meeting of the City Council on December 9, 2020 at 7.00pm following consideration of any and all public comments on the amended 2019 Annual Action Plan.

 

SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT #2 MATERIALS

SUMMARY OF SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT #2 TO FY2019 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN

FINAL SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT #2 TO ANNUAL ACTION PLAN

 

Questions about either Substantial Amendment or COVID funding through the CDBG and ESG programs may be sent to OHCD@newbedford-ma.gov

 

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.

 

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
FY2020 ESG TA Workshop Presentation
FY2020 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

December 22, 2020

City of New Bedford to distribute federal funding toward food security, internet access, and education

December 17, 2020

Homeless Service Provider’s Network Presents Danielle Brown With Its Annual Sister Rose Award

June 10, 2020

New Bedford residents invited to attend public meeting via Zoom on federal funding for COVID response

February 11, 2020

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development awards homelessness assistance funding

September 10, 2019

Formerly distressed property revitalized by WHALE, City of New Bedford sold by lottery to first-time homebuyer

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