Community Development


City of Lowell's Pro Housing Application

HUD is issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) under the authority of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (Public Law 117-328, approved December 29, 2022) (Appropriations Act), which appropriates $85 million for competitive grant funding for the identification and removal of barriers to affordable housing production and preservation. Congress has directed HUD to undertake a competition using the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) statutory and regulatory framework. HUD will be accepting applications for PRO Housing grants to identify and remove barriers to affordable housing production and preservation.

NOTE: The streamlined requirements mandate at least one public hearing for the application and for each substantial amendment and require providing a reasonable notice (at least 15 days) and opportunity for public comment and ongoing public access to information about the use of grant funds. For more information, please visit Section VI.E.5.a.iii of the NOFO.

The Department of Planning and Development Office manages three entitlement programs annually provided to us by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These entitlement programs provide much needed investment to neighborhoods and households that earn no more than 80% of the Area Median Income. 

Annually the City receives approximately the following amounts:

Every five years the City of Lowell has to provide HUD a 5 year Consolidated Plan (ConPlan) on how to allocate our annual entitlement funds. Each of the three entitlement programs are included in this plan. 

About the Five-Year Consolidated Plan

The Five-Year Consolidated Plan (PDF) summarizes the community's priority needs for Community Development, Economic Development, Affordable Housing, Homeless Programs, and Public Services, and establishes a strategy to address those needs.

This strategy will guide the annual activities and use of funds under the Community Block Grant (CDBG), Home Rehabilitation Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), programs for the period beginning July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025. This plan was approved by the Lowell City Council on in May 2020.

Once the five year plan is approved each subsequent year the city must provide an annual action plan, by May 30th, that encompasses the goals set forth by the ConPlan. By September 30th, the city must provide our annual report called the Consolidated Annual Plan Evaluation Report CAPER). 

Please click on the following links to review the most up to date reports:

To find information about the application process please click on the link above for the applicable grant program.

The city is also requesting public comments for our 2022-2023 substantial amendment. The changes are highlighted. Public comments will be accepted until November 3rd. 

For Grantees: 

To see the most pertinent docs for grant compliance please click here