WHAT WE DO

Jersey City receives millions of dollars each year from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Community Development is in charge of managing that money, as well as the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. With this funding we provide a few direct services to the community. We accomplish the rest of our goals by providing grants to our community partners, such as nonprofits, public facilities, developers and more. Visit Our Services and Our Partners to see the services you can access in Jersey City.

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Our Grant Cycle

Administering HUD grants is a yearlong process. DCD’s fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31. FY 2018–2019, the current fiscal year, began on April 1, 2018, and will end on March 31, 2019 (see the current Annual Action Plan).

1. Soliciting Applications:

At the start of the fiscal year, we issue Requests for Proposal (RFPs) for each of our grant programs. RFPs describe who is eligible to apply for funding, what is eligible for funding, and which projects will be prioritized by HUD and the City’s Consolidated Plan. An RFP also explains how to apply and how applications will be scored.

At this time, we also provide technical assistance to anyone that plans to apply. Organizations usually have one month to submit their applications after the RFP opens.

Examples — Sample RFP, 2015–2019 Consolidated Plan, 2017 Technical Assistance – Overview, 2017 Technical Assistance – RFP Review

2. Selecting Recipients:

Each application to DCD goes through multiple rounds of review. DCD staff, volunteers, and representatives from other City departments all contribute to the evaluation. We do not predetermine funding amounts. The type and quality of the submitted applications determine the level of funding awarded.

3. Winning Approval:

After evaluating the applications, we compile a document called the Annual Action Plan (AAP). It provides a summary of the City's needs and goals, and lists all of the specific projects that we recommend for funding. The AAP is open to public comment for at least one month. Any member of the public may submit feedback, which we use to revise the AAP.

The City Council then votes to submit the revised AAP to HUD for approval. The final AAP is a collaborative product reflecting the input of parties ranging from the federal government to individual citizens of Jersey City.

Examples — 2017 AAP, 2017 AAP Public Comments, 2017 City Council Resolution for AAP Submission

4. Executing Projects:

After HUD and the City Council approve the AAP, we officially receive our grant funding. We then sign contracts with our "subgrantees" so that they have the funding to carry out their projects.

The rest of the fiscal year is spent on project delivery and management. DCD performs active oversight of all subgrantees. At the end of the fiscal year, we create a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) that summarizes how we spent our grant money and what was accomplished with it. Then the cycle begins again.

Examples — 2017 City Council Resolution for AAP ExecutionSample Subgrantee Resolution, Sample Reporting Document, 2017 CAPER

Department Contact Info

  • phone(201) 547-6910
  • fax(201) 547-5104
  • 30 Montgomery Street
    Suite 404
    Jersey City, NJ 07302

    Carmen Gandulla, Director
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Citizen Participation

Per the Citizen Participation Plan, 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
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