Community Development

CDBG

Lowell Celebrates National Community Development Week
April 19th-April 21st
Click here for a event schedule
 
Responsibilities


The City of Lowell's Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is responsible for the administration of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Planning and Development programs. These programs utilize funding from Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) program, the Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program to fund local activities which benefit low-income and moderate-income residents and neighborhoods.

Projects supported must conform to program regulations and focus on the City's priority needs, as identified in the City of Lowell's 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan.

2015 - 2020 Priority Needs


  • Decent Affordable Housing
  • Suitable Living Environment
  • Economic Opportunities

Annual Allocation


DPD coordinates the annual allocation of Federal funds through a Request For Proposal (RFP) process that solicits organizations to submit proposals for projects or activities in Lowell that will help to meet the priority needs listed above.
 

CDBG and ESG Funds - Notice of RFP Availability


A Request for Proposals (RFP) for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds are available through the City of Lowell, Department of Planning and Development.

The City anticipates federal funds in the following amounts available for fiscal year 2017-2018 (pending final congressional appropriations).
  CDBG   CDBG - Public Service Cap ESG 
 Federal Entitlement Grant  $TBD  $TBD  $TBD

The RFP will be made available by December 1st, 2016, and may be obtained via one of the following methods:

  • Electronically, by completing the Online Request to Receive Information
  • In person, by visiting the City of Lowell's Department of Planning and Development, located at JFK Civic Center, 50 Arcand Drive, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852.
  • By contacting Chris Samaras at csamaras@lowellma.gov
An informational Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, December 20th at 6:00pm at the Lowell Senior Center.

Completed proposals are due no later than Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 at 12:00pm Noon.

 

Citizen Advisory Committee


The Citizen Advisory Committee advises the City Manager on the selection of projects and activities to be funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) program, and the Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME).

A separate Citizens Advisory Committee advises the City Manager on the HOPWA program because this program serves all of Middlesex County. The committees contribute to the development of the Annual Action Plan, a document required by their funding source, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The committees hold public hearings on a yearly basis to review applications, take testimony, and make recommendations.