Community Development

CDBG

Citizen Advisory Committee Members Needed

The City of Lowell is seeking volunteers for the Citizens Advisory Committee that reviews grant applications and recommends funding allocations to the City Manager for the CDBG and ESG programs.  For more information, click here.



Draft CAPER Report FY 17-18
Click here to see the CAPER FY 17-18 Draft 

The Community Development Office announces the availability of the Draft 2017-2018 Consolidated Annual Performance Report (CAPER) for public review and comment from September 14, 2018 through September 28, 2018.  The CAPER represents the annual report of the City of Lowell's implantation of the following four federal programs during program year 2017-2018:

    Community Development Block Grant (CDBG);

    Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG);

    HOME Investment Partnership (HOME); and,

    Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)

 

The Draft 2017-2018 CAPER will be available for review beginning September 14, 2018. The draft document will be available electronically on the www.lowellma.gov website and at the following locations:

    Department of Planning and Development, JFK Civic Center 2nd Floor

    Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 375 Merrimack Street

Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack Street

 

Members of the public who wish to provide feedback on the Draft CAPER document may do so by submitting written comments to: Department of Planning and Development, Draft 2017-2018 CAPER, Attn: Chris Samaras, JFK Civic Center 50 Arcand Drive, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852. The deadline for receiving written comments is Friday, September 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.


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.