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.
This website is a great resource of community-based programs, plans and possibilities in New Bedford. Regardless of which division you begin exploring, you will find ideas, activities and accomplishments that are integral to downtown and neighborhood revitalization activities for the City of New Bedford.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR CDBG or ESG FUNDS?
FY2024 Funding Application Materials are now available through our FY24 Action Plan page.
Please click here to learn more about our Annual Action Plan process and how you can access the online application available beginning January 10, 2024.
Deadline for all completed applications this year is Friday, February 9, 2024.
FY2022 FINAL CAPER IS NOW AVAILABLE!
The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing & Community Development announces the publication of its FINAL CAPER for FY2022. The FY2022 CAPER reports on the status and outcome of programs, activities and budgets that took place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 for the following federal programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), HOME Program and any CDBG-CV and ESG-CV (COVID-19) funding arising out of the CARES Act that was expended during FY2022.
Please contact the Office of Housing & Community Development by email at OHCD@newbedford-ma.gov with any questions.
COC approved final consolidated application
All materials related to the CoC Competition (including the 2023 Competition Timeline, Reallocation Plan, Review and Ranking Procedures, RFP, CoC Ranking of Projects and the draft application materials are available through the CoC’s website at: https://www.nbhspn.com/2023-coc-funding-competition/.
Throughout the competition the CoC strongly encouraged those from tribal organizations as well as those who work closely with historically marginalized communities to apply for this funding and/or participate in the competition process. This competition was open to ALL eligible applicants; one need not have previously applied to have participated or applied.
Questions concerning this notice may be directed to Jennifer Clarke, AICP Deputy Director, OHCD via email at Jennifer.Clarke@newbedford-ma.gov.
BUILDING NEW BEDFORD
On Wednesday, March 29, 2023, Mayor Jon Mitchell announced Building New Bedford: Strategies to Promote Attainable Housing for All in a Thriving New Bedford, a comprehensive housing plan that outlines actions the City is taking to stimulate new housing development, reactivate underutilized properties, and relieve housing instability and affordability concerns for City residents. The plan also serves as a call to action to New Bedford’s surrounding towns to increase their development of multi-family housing in order to contribute to solving the region’s housing shortage.
The Building New Bedford plan is comprised of 22 measures the city is taking to address the regional housing crisis, organized into six main areas:
Throughout the plan, the city articulates its objectives in fast-tracking housing development across income levels, removing regulatory barriers to housing development, facilitating the restoration of vacant, underutilized, and/or city-owned properties to be used for housing, encouraging first-time homebuyers, supporting those with urgent affordability concerns, and setting an example for all municipalities in Greater New Bedford in addressing the region’s collective housing challenges.
Click here to access the online version of the plan.
ANALYSIS of IMPEDIMENTS TO FAIR HOUSING CHOICE IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice has its origins with the Fair Housing Act of 1968. This plan sets forth the City of New Bedford’s commitment to taking meaningful and measurable actions to break down barriers to fair housing choice and affirmatively further fair housing throughout the City for all protected classes.
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@newbedford-ma.gov