Community Development Block Grant Program  (cdbg)

Responsibilities

The Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides the basic funding necessary to administer the many housing, public works, economic development, and public service activities which help to further the city’s overall community development objectives. This program is intended to support the city as it continues to grow and improve, and to help serve the most vulnerable members of our community.

Accomplishments

Some of the accomplishments managed through the Community Development Office include:

  • Construction of new energy-efficient single family housing and rehabilitation of affordable housing throughout the city’s older neighborhoods.
  • Curb re-setting.
  • Demolition of hundreds of unsafe and abandoned buildings throughout the city
  • Improvements to public facilities such as parks and playgrounds and various city buildings including the Senior Center, Library and City Hall.
  • Provision of essential public services ranging from after school programs for youth to assistance to senior citizens to police walking patrols and drug enforcement activities.
  • Safety and beautification improvements, including street trees.
  • Street and sidewalk improvements along many of the city’s entryways, including accessibility improvements.

Current Programs

Current CDBG funded programs which are carried out by other entities:

Public Comment Forms

The department welcomes input from community members throughout the grant process, including two public hearings and a community input meeting.

Public comment forms are available in English

Los formularios de comentarios públicos están disponibles en español

Social Media Announcement Template Action Plan Amendment 1.25.24

CDBG Year 49 Process

(July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024)

  • Year 49 Schedule
  • Year 49 Application - OpenGov Portal
    • Year 49 Sample Application
  • Year 49 Application- Municipal Entities - OpenGov Portal
    • Year 49 Sample Application - Municipal Entities Only
    • (No attachments required at submission)
  • Year 49 Proposal Summary
    • Summary of proposals received.
  • Year 49 Action Plan Legal Notice
    • A 30-day comment period on the draft plan will run from March 22-April 21. Comments can be submitted on the Public Comment form provided above. A Public Hearing on the CDBG and HOME Action Plan will be held on Tuesday, April 25 at 5pm in the North Room, Third floor, Suite 300, City Hall. Please email CommDev@FitchburgMA.gov to register for the hearing.
    • Year 49 Action Plan Draft

CDBG Year 48 Process

(July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023)

  • Year 48 Schedule
  • Year 48 Application - OpenGov Portal
    • Year 48 Sample Application
  • Year 48 Application- Municipal Entities - OpenGov Portal
    • Year 48 Sample Application - Municipal Entities Only
  • Year 48 Proposal Summary
    • Summary of proposals received. 
  • Year 48 Action Plan (See Consolidated Plan Document)
  • National Objectives, Eligible Activities, & Other Important Considerations
  • Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)

CDBG and HOME Five Year Consolidated Plan

The 2022-2026 Consolidated Plan began on July 1, 2022.

Click here for the Consolidated Plan

CDBG-CV Activities

The City of Fitchburg received $586,047 after the CARES Act passed in March 2020. An additional $435,362 was announced in September 2020. 

CDBG-CV Action Plan and Amendments

For more information about CARES Act funding, email Kimberly LeBlanc at kleblanc@FitchburgMA.gov

City of Fitchburg
CDBG Year 45 Action Plan Amendment

The City of Fitchburg amended its CDBG year 45 Action Plan. This notice serves to Transfer the amount of $23,064.00 of CDBG-CV funds from Business Assistance, and Utility assistance in the amount of $3,800.40 and combine it with NewVue Communities’ Housing Stability Balance of $10,302.73 for use by NewVue Communities for Rental/Utility Assistance. 

Enmienda del Plan de Acción del Año 45 del CDBG

De la Ciudad de Fitchburg

La ciudad de Fitchburg propone enmendar su Plan de Acción del año 45 de CDBG. Este aviso sirve para transferir la cantidad de $ 23,064.00 de fondos CDBG-CV de Asistencia comercial y asistencia de servicios públicos por un monto de $ 3,800.40 y combinarlo con el Saldo de estabilidad de vivienda de NewVue Communities de $ 10,302.73 para uso de NewVue Communities para asistencia de alquiler / servicios públicos.

Contractors Wanted

The City of Fitchburg’s Divisions of Housing and Development, is now taking applications from interested contractors in all residential construction trades to participate in a variety of housing and commercial rehabilitation programs funded through the City. 

El Departamento de Desarrollo Comunitario de la ciudad de Fitchburg esta aceptando aplicaciones de contratistas interesados en todo tipo de oficio de construcción residencial para participar en una variedad de programas de rehabilitación de vivienda y comercio financiado por la ciudad.

Special Business Categories

Recipients of State and Federal funding must report on contracts executed with a variety of different business types, including Section 3, Minority-Owned (MBE), Women-Owned (WBE), and Disadvantaged (DBE) business enterprises.

Section 3 Businesses meet one of three regulatory definitions:

  • 51 percent of the business owned and controlled by low- or very low- income persons
  • 75 percent of the labor hours performed for the business over the prior three-month period performed by Section 3 workers
  • 51 percent of the business owned and controlled by current public housing residents or residents who currently live in Section 8-assisted housing

Register your business as a Section 3 Business here:
https://portalapps.hud.gov/Sec3BusReg/BRegistry/RegisterBusiness

Information about MBE/WBE certification:
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/supplier-diversity-office-sdo

Information about Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification:
https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-disadvantaged-business-enterprise-dbe-certification

YEAR 47 CDBG ACTIVITIES

(July 2021-June 2022)