OFFICE OF HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing & Community Development [OHCD] is a resource for city-wide programs, plans and possibilities in New Bedford. Comprised of Housing and Community Development divisions, the OHCD’s work focuses on a wide variety of federally-funded activities that strengthen the city and help develop strategies to increase the growth and prosperity of New Bedford’s residents.
________________ 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 www.nbhspn.com.
FY20 ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW RECORD
The City of New Bedford has completed an Environmental Review Record for programs and activities being undertaken in Fiscal Year 2020 and is accepting written comments within fifteen (15) days from the date of these Notices. On or after September 4, 2020, the City of New Bedford will request the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to release of federal funds.
The ERR is on file in the Office of Housing and Community Development, 608 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA and is available for public examination and copying between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM., Monday through Friday or can be viewed at the links below:
- COVID-19 CDBG and ESG Environmental Review Record
- FY20 CDBG, ESG and HOME Environmental Review Record
- FY 20 Continuum of Care Environmental Review Record
- FY20 New Bedford Housing Authority Environmental Review Record
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 were 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 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.
Questions about the Substantial Amendment may be sent to OHCD [at] newbedford-ma [dot] gov
the FY2020-2024 consolidated plan and fy20 annual action plan
is now available.
The Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) has created a 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and FY20 Annual Action Plan.
This provides a snapshot of community needs in New Bedford and will establish a framework for how federal funding the city receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be spent over the next five years and,
through the Action Plan FY20, the coming fiscal year.
We welcome your comments at OHCD [at] newbedford-ma [dot] gov
FY2019 ACTION PLAN EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Office of Housing & Community Development presents the FY2019 Action Plan Executive Summary, available here.
FISCAL YEAR 2018 CAPER fINAL
The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing & Community Development announces the publication of its CAPER for FY2018. This FY2018 CAPER reports on the status and outcome of programs, activities and budgets for the following federal programs:
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and the HOME Program.
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.