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Division of Community Development  

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

Carmen Gandulla, Director 

 

Description 

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.

Applications & Announcements 

Available Grant Applications 

Sign Up for Community Development News & Updates! 

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. 

References 

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 

Resources 

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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