City of New Bedford | Office of Housing & Community Development
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARP”) appropriated $5 billion to communities across the United States in order to provide housing, services, and shelter to individuals and families experiencing homelessness as well as other vulnerable populations. These funds were allocated by formula to jurisdictions that qualified for funding through the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME Program) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This special round of funding is called the “HOME-ARP” program. A summary is available here:
In September 2021, HUD awarded the City of New Bedford $3,175,399 in HOME ARP funding.
In order to access that funding the City must develop a HOME-ARP Allocation Plan that is submitted to HUD as a “Substantial Amendment” to the City’s FY21 Annual Action Plan. The process during which this HOME-ARP Allocation Plan is developed includes multiple public meetings and outreach. An overview of these efforts is highlighted in the City’s HOME-ARP Community Engagement Plan available here:
As part of the public outreach process, the City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing and Community Development hosted two (2) identical public meetings in January to discuss its HOME-ARP Allocation Plan, one of which was held in person and the second of which was held virtually via Zoom. A Press Release was issued on January 3, 2023 and copies of the flyers advertising the two meetings (which were held the same night as the City’s Annual Action Plan meetings) were posted on the city website and distributed via email throughout the community in addition to being posted at City Hall, the New Bedford Housing Authority, the Main Library and on Facebook. Cable television also ran advertising of the public forums in three languages in addition to filming and presenting the initial public forum on government cable tv. The press release and flyers are available here:
A copy of the PowerPoint Presentation that was used during the public forums is available for review here as is a copy of the zoom recording from the January 11, 2023, public meeting:
If you were unable to join us or share your thoughts at one of these two sessions, it’s not too late!
We want to hear from you about what you think are the greatest housing and community development needs and priorities within the City of New Bedford before the March 9, 2023. It is anticipated that the City Council will be meeting on that date during which a vote to adopt the final HOME-ARP Allocation Plan will be taken.
Please consider taking this very brief survey if you are a New Bedford resident and share your thoughts with us!
You may also send your comments/questions to Jennifer.Clarke@newbedford-ma.gov before March 9, 2023.
Draft HOME-ARP Allocation Plan