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The Office of Community Development is located at 1 Medical Drive, Morris Plains, NJ 07950.

Public transportation is available via the OTA-Medical Drive Shuttle or NJ Transit Bus Route 873.

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Program Year 2021 – Mandatory Virtual Orientation Sessions on November 10

Please be advised that the Department of Human Services, Division of Community & Behavioral Health Services, Office of Community Development will conduct two Public Hearings with mandatory virtual Orientation sessions for organizations wishing to apply for funds.

The Hearings/Orientations will be held Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. It is imperative that each potential applicant attend a session relative to application submission due to new regulations promulgated by the Department of Housing and Urban Deelopment (HUD) which resulted in revisions to the previous applications. Technical assistance will be provided to all applications. . La informacion sera proporcionada en espanol a peticion.

Daytime, 10AM-2PM:

Afternoon, 2PM-4PM:

A Community Development Revenue Sharing Advisory Meeting (CDRS) will hold a Public Hearing following each Orientation Meeting on November 10, 2020 after each session.

  1. Program Performance from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.
  2. 2021 Application Process.
  3. Comments received on the above actions and/or program related correspondence by regular mail/email or telephone as a result of the advertisement of the Public Hearing

Questions and/or comments may be directed to Timothy J. Tansey, Director of Community Development Programs by mail at: Morris County Division of Human Services, Division of Community & Behavioral Health Services, Office of Community Development, POB 900, Morristown, New Jersey 07963-0900 or by telephone (973) 295-6060 (TDD Users: 7-1-1; NJ Telecommunications Relay Center) or email: [email protected]

FY 2018 HOME and 2019 CDBG – Virtual Public Hearing on November 19

Please be advised that the Department of Human Services, Division of Community & Behavioral Health Services, Office of Community Development will conduct a VIRTUAL Public Hearing on November 19, 2020 at 5:30 PM.  Please log on to:

Meeting Link: https://morriscountynj.webex.com/morriscountynj/j.php?MTID=m2e028b507bb43592a46a4622cd12c82d
Thursday, Nov 19, 2020 5:25 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Meeting number: 173 637 0213
Password: wWmud2qyr24
Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388 United States Toll; Access code: 173 637 0213

Comments and/or questions will be entertained at this meeting.  The CDRS committee will meet virtually immediately after this hearing.  The public is cordially invited to attend and participate. If an interpreter or other assistance is needed, please contact the Community Development Office 72 hours prior to the meeting date at (973) 285-6060 (TDD: 7-1-1 NJ Relay Center).  La información será proporcionada en español por petición.

The public is invited to comment on the reallocation of HOME funds for FY 2018.  Habitat for Humanity has requested that the FY 2018 funds be moved from a project in Port Morris and that a single home be built in Long Valley instead.  The home will be sold to a household under 80% of the median family income for the County.  The original allocation was $200,000 of which $100,000 will be used for this project. The remaining $100,000 will be allocated at a future date.

Read the Amendments:

The County will use CDBG funds from the 2020 Contingency line item to fund a housing rehabilitation program delivery line item.  Due to receipt of program income, additional funds were added to the housing rehabilitation program line item requiring another year of delivery costs to complete these activities. A total of $125,000 will be allocated for salary and benefits.   A 2019 activity funded for Daytop will be canceled. These funds, $80,000, will be added to the Contingency line item.

The CDRS Committee will take formal action on these amendments and may take additional formal action as needed on December 11, 2020.

Questions and/or comments may be directed through December 10, 2020 to Timothy J. Tansey, Director of Community Development Programs by mail at: [email protected] or Morris County Division of Human Services, Division of Community & Behavioral Health Services, Office of Community Development, PO 900, Morristown, New Jersey 07963-0900 or by telephone (973) 285-6060 (TDD Users: 7-1-1; NJ Telecommunications Relay Center).

The County Board of Chosen Freeholders will consider the amendment on December 21, 2020.

Substantial Amendment to FY 2019 for CARES Act Funds

“The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act,” CARES Act which was signed into law on March 27, 2020, provides funds through the CDBG, ESG, and HOPWA programs. The CARES Act provides for allocations of funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

Morris County has taken stock of local needs and the parameters of each of the programs and determined how the funds allocated will be used in this community. Read the Substantial Amendment to FY 2019 for CARES Act Funds.

Notice of Availability – Amended Citizen Participation Plan

Morris County has prepared an amendment to the Citizen Participation Plan (the Plan) for the County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and HOME Programs from the US Dept. of HUD. The Plan outlines the County’s responsibilities for engaging the public in this time of the pandemic on the development and amendment of its Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plans, and the Comprehensive Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) and any future HUD applications. The Plan has been amended to include the use of virtual meetings and shortened public notice in time of emergency per guidance from HUD.

Anyone wishing to comment on the Plan or make further inquiry may do so by email to Timothy Tansey at [email protected]. The plan will be on display and comments will be received from April 15 through April 30, 2020.

The Board of Chosen Freeholders will be asked to approve the plan at their regular meeting on May 13, 2020.  The meetings are available by call in – confirm on the county website.

La información será proporcionada en español a petición.

Limited English Proficiency Four Prong Analysis And Language Assistance Plan

It is the policy of the County of Morris Division of Community Development to take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to its programs and activities for persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Read the updated LEP Plan.

Notice of Availability – Citizen Participation Plan

Morris County has prepared an amended Citizen Participation Plan for the Community Development Block Grant program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD).  This plan outlines the County’s responsibilities for obtaining citizen comment on the Consolidated Plan, Annual Plans, Plan Amendments, the Analysis Impediments to Fair Housing, the Comprehensive Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) and any other HUD application should the County undertake one.  The Citizen Participation Plan will be on public display for a period of 15 days. All comments received by January 29, 2020 will be considered.

Anyone wishing to comment on the plan may do so in writing to:

Morris County Division of Human Services
Division of Community & Behavioral Health Services
Office of Community Development
PO 900, Morristown, New Jersey 07963-0900

Or [email protected]
Telephone (973) 285-6060
(TDD Users: 7-1-1; NJ Telecommunications Relay Center)

Comprehensive Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

Five Year Consolidated Plan & Annual Action Plans

The Five-Year Consolidated Plan laid out a strategic plan containing housing goals, community development goals, homeless and special population goals, economic development goals, and planning goals.

Analysis of Impediments

About Us

The Office of Community Development serves 38 municipalities of Morris County through its administration of the:

  • Community Development Block Grant
    • CDBG grants are available to non-profits and participating municipalities applying for grants to fund activities within the realms of infrastructure and improvements, services, facilities and creation of affordable housing.
  • HOME Investment Partnerships
    • HOME grants are similarly available and target activities involving the creation of affordable housing; the Office also funds a Tenant Based Rental Assistance program.
  • Emergency Solutions Grant
    • ESG is geared toward providers dealing with homelessness.

The Office’s Homeowner Housing Rehabilitation Program (El Programa para la Reparación de Viviendas) serves to maintain affordable housing by enabling homeowners, experiencing major systems’ failures, to remain in their homes; it also assists towns in satisfying their affordable housing obligations.