Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development


The City of New Bedford’s Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development’s [DPHCD] website is a resource for city-wide programs, plans and possibilities in New Bedford. Comprised of three distinct divisions, the DPHCD’s work focuses on city planning, housing and community-based activities that strengthen the city and help develop strategies to increase the growth and prosperity of New Bedford’s residents.

________________       The Planning Division is responsible for providing sound, unbiased planning practices, resulting in the implementation of short and long-term plans and policies for the City of New Bedford, Planning administers and the local and state regulations regarding land use and land reuse, oversees the site plan review process for construction projects and reviews the proposed signage for compliance with the city’s sign ordinance. The Planning Division also provides primary staff support to the Planning Board, Historical Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.

________________      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




The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing & Community Development announces the publication of its CAPER DRAFT for FY2018. This FY2018 CAPER DRAFT 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.

Click here for a copy of the FY2018 CAPER DRAFT.


On Tuesday, July 30, 2019, the City of New Bedford’s Continuum of Care (CoC), acting through the Office of Housing & Community Development, has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) that includes instructions and the application itself for 2019 funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The RFP is available in fillable format here: RFP NB COC 2019

The linked RFP includes an application for renewal projects as well as new projects (those available through bonus and DV bonus funding) made available by HUD in this round.

This competition is open to all eligible applicants; one need not have previously applied to participate and submit an application.

Please contact Jennifer Clarke, Deputy Director OHCD with any questions.



the Final action plan FY19 is now available!

The Department of Planning, Housing & Community Development presents the Final Action Plan FY19, available here.

Copies of the FINAL ACTION PLAN FY19
are also available in several locations throughout the City. A copy is
available for public review at City Hall, the Main Branch of the New Bedford
Public Library, the Howland Green Library branch and the Wilks Library
branch, New Bedford Housing Authority. Additionally, a copy is available for review at the Department of
Planning, Housing & Community Development located at
608 Pleasant Street in downtown New Bedford.


The Department of Planning, Housing, & Community Development presents the FY2019 Action Plan Executive Summary, available here.

Click here for the City of New Bedford’s
Community Preservation Committee

Click here for the City of New Bedford’s
Guide to Permitting

 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.