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.


FY2021 FINAL CAPER IS NOW AVAILABLE!

The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing & Community Development announces the publication of its FINAL CAPER for FY2021.  This FY2021 CAPER reports on the status and outcome of programs, activities and budgets that took place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 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 FY2021.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FY2021 FINAL CAPER

FY2022 Environmental Review Record

The City of New Bedford has completed an Environmental Review Record (ERR) for programs and activities being undertaken in Fiscal Year 2022 and is accepting written comments within fifteen (15) days from the date of these Notices. On or after August 26, 2022, the City of New Bedford will request the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to release of federal funds.

The Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) and New Bedford Housing Authority (NBHA) ERRs are 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. The OHCD ERR can also be viewed online.

FY2022 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 FY22 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.) The FY22 Annual Action Plan represents the third year of the five-year Consolidated Plan.

FY2022 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN PROCESS MATERIALS
FY22 Annual Action Plan Calendar
FY22 Community Forums Flyer (English)
FY22 Community Forums Flyer (Portuguese)
FY22 Community Forums Flyer (Spanish)
FY22 CDBG Request for Proposal Instructions
FY22 CDBG Request for Proposal Application (RFP)
FY22 CDBG Signature Authorization Form
FY22 Community Forum January PowerPoint Presentation
FY22 ESG Request for Proposal Instructions
FY22 ESG Request for Proposal Application (RFP)
FY22 ESG Signature Authorization Form
FY22 CDBG RFP Workshop Presentation
FY22 ESG RFP Workshop PowerPoint Presentation
Draft FY22 Action Plan Available for Public Review (Flyer)
Draft FY22 Annual Action Plan
FY22 Executive Summary
FINAL FY22 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN
Orientation Workshop – June 23, 2022
CDBG Orientation PowerPoint Presentation
ESG Orientation PowerPoint Presentation

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.

Click here for the final analysis of impediments

the FY2020-2024 consolidated plan and fy20 annual action plan is now available.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FINAL PLAN

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND ACTION PLAN

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.

CLICK HERE TO SEE FLYER FOR MORE INFORMATION

We welcome your comments at OHCD@newbedford-ma.gov