30 Montgomery Street
Room 404
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Tel: (201) 547-6910/ 5916/4747
Fax: (201) 547-5104

Carmen Gandulla, Director 
The Division of Community Development works in partnership with a wide range of public agencies, non-profit organizations, and developers to provide vital community programs and develop affordable housing opportunities. The Division is responsible for administering federal grant programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The Division also assists in managing the City of Jersey City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund and plays a key role in the Mayor’s Quality of Life Task Force.

Orientation and Information Session for Those Applying for the HUD Entitlement Program And Community Services Block Grant
A mandatory orientation session for those applying for the HUD Entitlement Grant Program and Community Services Block Grant will be held on Monday, March 6, 2017.

 HUD 3.6.17 

Comprehensive Annual Performance And Evaluation Report (Caper) For FY 2015 
The Five-Year Consolidated Plan process was started by HUD in 1995 to provide a comprehensive approach for the use of HUD Entitlement funds. The City developed its newest Five Year Plan for the years 2015 to 2019. The Annual Plan prepared by the City of Jersey City for 2015 entitlement funds established priorities for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds. Each year, the City, through its Division of Community Development, reviews the goals established in the Five Year Plan and establishes priorities for the next year. Following is a review of the five year goals, the one year priorities and the accomplishments of the four entitlement funding programs. 

This annual report is the first for the 2015-2019 five year period. It should be noted that 

community development is an ongoing process and the review of activities for a specific time period only indicates a snap shot of the success of the individual activities. This provides results that cannot be measured by numbers. The assessment for the five year goals will address the items required in the narrative for the overall review as well as other actions required by the Consolidated Plan. 

View or download the report here 

JUNE 13, 2016 TO JUNE 28, 2016

 Availability of 2016 Annual Action Plan and Public Hearing for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Entitlement Grants 

The Annual Plan covers the period April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017 and the HUD programs listed below: 

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) 
  • HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) 
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

The City anticipates receiving $9,651,784 in program funds and will allocate the funds within the following categories: 


Uses of Funds 

2016 Allocation 


Acquisition, admin and planning, economic development, housing, public improvements, public services 

$ 5,422,644 


Acquisition, homebuyer rehab and down payment assistance, multifamily rental new construction, multifamily rental rehab, new construction for ownership 



Financial assistance, overnight shelter, rapid re-housing, rental assistance, transitional housing 

$ 463,919 


Permanent housing, short-term or transitional housing, STRMU, supportive services, tenant-based rental assistance 


The Draft 2016 Annual Action Plan will be available for public comment through July 5, 2016 at the following locations: 

Division of Community Development
30 Montgomery Street, Suite 404
Jersey City, NJ 07302

City Hall
Office of City Clerk
280 Grove Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302 

Jersey City Public Library
Main Branch
472 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302 

The Bethune Center
140 Martin Luther King Junior Drive
Jersey City, NJ 07305 

Online: “Draft 2016 Annual Action Plan” 

The Public Hearing on the draft documents will take place as follows: 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 
5:30 – 7:00 pm 
Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center 
140 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive 
Jersey City, NJ 07305 

Written comments should be provided no later than July 5, 2016 and addressed to: 

Carmen Gandulla, Director 
Dept. of Housing, Economic Development & Commerce 
Division of Community Development 
30 Montgomery St., Suite 404 
Jersey City, JC 07305 
Email: jcc-plan@jcnj.org 

The City Council of Jersey City is expected to take action on the Annual Action Plan for FY 2016 on July 15, 2016. The City anticipates submitting the approved Annual Action Plan to HUD on or about July 18, 2016. Please call the Division of Community Development at 201-547-5916 if you have any questions. 

Applications & Announcements
Available Grant Applications 
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Citizen Participation 
The Division of Community Development is seeking public input in regards to the use of funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that fund public services, public facility improvements, infrastructure improvements, affordable housing development, other housing services, and homeless services. Please click on the link below to share your input.

Jersey City HUD Entitlement Grant Public Input Survey 

Grant Programs
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 
The Community Development Block Grant provides annual grants to develop viable communities by providing funding for decent housing, suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons.

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)  
The Community Services Block Grant provides grants to help funding for programs, services, and activities that alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities such as addressing employment, education, financial literacy, housing, nutrition, emergency services and/or health issues.

Home Investment Partnerships Grant (HOME)
The Home Investment Partnerships grant is the largest Federal block grant to State and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. The program is designed to reinforce several important values and principles of community development, such as empowering people and communities to design and implement strategies tailored to their own needs and priorities and expanding & strengthening partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector in the development of affordable housing. 

Home Owner Rehabilitation Program (HORP)
The Home Owner Rehabilitation Program (HORP) is administered by the Division of Community Development (DCD). This program provides grant funds to eligible low/moderate income homeowners for needed repair and rehabilitation of their homes. Eligible properties may be from 1-4 units and condominiums do not qualify. The maximum grant that a homeowner may receive is $24,900 per unit. The grant is structured as a 5 or 10 year forgivable mortgage executed upon the completion of repairs. This program has income eligibility guidelines.

Golden Neighborhoods Homeownership Program (GNHP) 
The Golden Neighborhoods Homeownership Program provides increased opportunities for low and moderate income families to purchase a home in Jersey City. This program provides down payment and closing costs assistance for eligible first time homebuyers alleviating a major financial impediment of buying a home. Please contact the office for more information.

Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) 
The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program provides housing assistance and related supportive services for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Since the program’s inception in 1992, HOPWA has helped thousands of Americans with HIV/AIDS avoid homelessness by addressing their housing needs in coordination with access to medical and other care.

Relocation Assistance 
The Relocation Assistance program provides assistance for tenants that have been displaced from their residence due to the following circumstances: building, housing or health code enforcement activities, accidental fire not caused by the tenant, government acquisition, code enforcement rehabilitation, and the “g” provisions under the Residential Eviction Law (P.L. 1993, c. 342). To apply, please contact the Relocation Assistance Team directly at 201-547-5468.

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
The Emergency Solutions Grants program provides homeless persons with basic shelter and essential supportive services. It can assist with the operational costs of the shelter facility, and for the administration of the grant. ESG also provides short-term homeless prevention assistance to persons at imminent risk of losing their own housing due to eviction, foreclosure, or utility shutoffs.

Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) 
Affordable Housing Trust Funds have been made available through Long Term Tax Exemption developer contributions under N.J.S.A. 40A:20-1 et seq. All funds are to be used for the rehabilitation or preservation of existing affordable housing, construction of new low or moderate income affordable housing or, in limited circumstances, funds may be used for the acquisition of property for the purpose of creating affordable housing. 

2015-2019 5-Year Consolidated Plan& Annual Action Plan 
2014 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report 
2015 Citizen Participation Plan 
2011 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice 
City of Jersey City Housing Plan 
City of Jersey City PILOT & Tax Exemption Policy 
FY 2015 Hudson County HUD Income Limits  
Entitlement Grants Technical Assistance Presentation 
Guidelines for Successful Proposals Presentation 
Draft 2016 Annual Action Plan 
Comprehensive Annual Performance And Evaluation Report (Caper) For FY 2015 

Jersey City Affordable Housing  
New Jersey Housing Resource Center 
HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies 
NJ Tenants’ Rights/Derechos de los Arrendatarios

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