Community Development

CDBG

FY 2020-2021 Tentative Action Plan Award List

CDBG Public Service and ESG COVID-19 Request for Proposals



The City of Lowell has been awarded a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant Funds (ESG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  This allocation is authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which was signed into law March 27th, 2020.  This allocation, under CDBG, is set to benefit low- and moderate-income persons in the City.

All CDBG-CV activities must prepare, prevent, and respond to COVID-19.  The City will place emphasis on proposals demonstrating a direct benefit to a person or persons affected directly by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applicants must demonstrate that they can document and measure that funds will be used in accordance with their proposal response.

All Proposals must be recieved before Monday, June 8th at 5:00PM.  Please email proposals to Chris Samaras at csamaras@lowellma.gov and Betty Rawnsley-Erazo at brawnsley@lowellma.gov.

Hard copies, late or incomplete proposals will not be accepted!
COVID-19 - 2020 CDBG RFP
COVID-19 - 2020 ESG RFP


Notice of Amendment Annual Action Plan FY 19-20


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FY 19-20 Notice of Amendment Annual Action Plan 4/14/2020 Notice



Consolidated Plan Citizen Survey

Overview


The City of Lowell is in the process of preparing its Five-Year Consolidated Plan for submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Consolidated Plan will serve as the blueprint for the expenditures of federal funds in the City from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025. 

As part of this five-year planning process, Lowell is required to identify the housing and community development needs for low-moderate income persons and households, as well as persons with special needs such as disabilities, substance abuse, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, the elderly, the youth, etc. Your participation in this planning process will enable the City to develop an accurate strategy that addresses the priority needs of these groups and individuals. 

Please click here to complete survey.

Please complete this survey no later than February 9, 2020.

Notices and Applications


FY2020-21 RFP Notification for CDBG and ESG Grants
FY2020-21 CDBG RFP Application
FY2020-21 ESG RFP Application
Planning Grant Project Application
Lowell CoC Collaborative Application
2019-2020 Annual Action Plan Draft
FY 19-20 Notice #3 Public Hearing
FY 19-20 Tentative Action Plan Award List
Ammendment Notice of FY 19-20 Annual Action Plan


Lowell Celebrates National Community Development Week 2019:
April 22-April 26

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Click here to see the CAPER FY 18-19 Draft
Click here to see the HOPWA CAPER FY 18-19 Draft
 


The Community Development Office announces the availability of the Draft 2018-2019 Consolidated Annual Performance Report (CAPER) for public review and comment from September 23, 2018 through October 7, 2019.  The CAPER represents the annual report of the City of Lowell's implantation of the following four federal programs during program year 2018-2019:

•    Community Development Block Grant (CDBG);

•    Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG);

•    HOME Investment Partnership (HOME); and,

•    Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)

 

The Draft 2018-2019 CAPER will be available for review beginning September 23, 2019. The draft document will be available electronically on the www.lowellma.gov website and at the following location:

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

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 2018-2019 CAPER, Attn: Chris Samaras, JFK Civic Center 50 Arcand Drive, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852. The deadline for receiving written comments is Monday, October 7, 2019 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 2019-2020 (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.