Housing & Community Development
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Program are managed through the Office of Housing and Community Development under the authority of the Gloucester County Planning Department. The Division works on projects to strengthen communities and to expand opportunities for low-and-moderate income households throughout Gloucester County. The mission of the Gloucester County CDBG/HOME Program is to enhance the quality of life for low to moderate income residents of Gloucester County by:
- Upgrading public facilities and infrastructure
- Supporting new or increased levels of public services
- Improving housing and homeless conditions and increasing affordable housing
- Providing economic opportunities in an efficient, responsive, and non-discriminating manner through organizational partnerships, available resources, and innovative approaches
The primary objective continues to be the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low-moderate income.
The CDBG provides eligible metropolitan cities and urban counties (called "entitlement communities") with annual direct grants that they can use to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing and economic opportunities, and/or improve community facilities and services, principally to benefit low and moderate income persons.
CDBG Projects & Program Activities
- Improvements to Public Facilities
- Infrastructure Improvements
- Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program
- Program Administration
- Public Services
The HOME Program was established by Housing and Urban Development to expand the amount of decent, safe, and affordable housing. HOME is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low income households.
HOME provides formula grants to states and localities that communities use often in partnership with local nonprofit groups-to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people.
- First-Time Homebuyer's Program
- Housing Production through Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO's)
- Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program
- Tenant-Based Rental Assistance