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.
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).
New Bedford’s initial allocation for CDBG-CV was $1,624,151 and its ESG-CV allocation was $805,424.
A second substantial amendment is now being proposed to reflect a second round of ESG-CV funding. All CARES Act (CV) funding is again specifically intended for use in responding to the growing effects of the COVID Pandemic.
New Bedford’s second allocation for CDBG-CV will be $ 951,553 and its ESG-CV allocation will be $1,576,274.
The award and use of these funds necessitate a substantial amendment to the city’s existing FY19 Action Plan that is undertaken through a public process administered by the city’s OHCD.
SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENTS TO THE FY19 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN
and FY15-FY19 CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND
amendment to 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, an initial substantial amendment to its One Year Action Plan (FY2019) as well as an amendment to its Citizen Participation Plan 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 the amended both the 2019 Annual Action Plan and the Citizen Participation Plan.
SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT #1 MATERIALS
The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) is now proposing a second substantial amendment reflecting a second 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-CV 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 is now available for a public comment period that runs from November 30, 2020 to December 7, 2020.
A public hearing will be held virtually using Zoom at the regular meeting of the City Council on December 9, 2020 at 7.00pm to consider any and all public comments on the second substantial amendment whose materials are provided here.
SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT #2 MATERIALS
The City of New Bedford’s OHCD is currently accepting public comments on the DRAFT Substantial Amendment until December 7, 2020.
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.
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
FY2020 ACTION PLAN EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Office of Housing & Community Development presents the FY2020 Action Plan Executive Summary, available here.
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.