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.
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.
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
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
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@newbedford-ma.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.