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 AND SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT TO
THE FY15-FY19 CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND FY19 ACTION PLAN
The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) is receiving 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 will be 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 necessitates a substantial amendment to the city’s existing FY15-FY19 Consolidated Plan as well as the FY19 Action Plan that is undertaken through a public process administered by the city’s Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD). In addition to a public meeting (to be held virtually via ZOOM) about the process and funding availability, the OHCD will be issuing an RFP through which it will be soliciting grant applications for CDBG-CV and ESG-CV activities. Applications for funding will be available electronically through this website. The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 11th at 6.00pm.
A copy of the existing FY15-FY19 Consolidated Plan that includes the FY19 Action Plan as well as meeting materials, RFPs and RFP instructions will be made available to the public on this website, below. The RFP application will be provided in a fillable format.
Questions about the Substantial Amendment, Public Meeting or the RFPs may be sent to OHCD [at] newbedford-ma [dot] gov
the FY2020-2024 consolidated plan and fy20 annual action plan
draft document is now available for public review.
The Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) has created a DRAFT 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and FY20 Annual Action Plan.
This draft 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.
The Public Comment Period is open June 16 – July 15th.
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.