Office of Community Development

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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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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.

Draft Federal Fiscal Year 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan – Public Meeting on June 30

The Department of Community Affairs will hold two virtual public hearings on the draft Federal Fiscal Year 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan (Plan). The Plan is a multi-year comprehensive planning document which promotes program coordination, sets forth priorities, and serves as a guide in coordinating the delivery of limited housing, community and economic development resources to meet the needs of various program clienteles. The draft plan describes how the State of New Jersey will use its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Housing Trust Fund (HTF), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Recovery Housing Program (RHP) funds to provide decent affordable housing, suitable living environments, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate-income households.

A copy of the draft plan is posted on https://nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/2015announcements/approved/o20200618c.html.

Analysis of Impediments

In addition, at the hearings that State will be soliciting comments for its Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice.  The AI is submitted to HUD every five years and is required to ensure that the State affirmatively furthers fair housing in its CDBG, ESG, HOME, HTF, HOPWA, and RHP programs.

The purpose of the public meeting is to provide citizens with the opportunity to comment on how the State should expand housing choice prior to its submission of the AI to HUD in the Summer of 2020.

Comments on both can be presented at the below referenced hearings or e-mailed to Sheri Malnak at [email protected] by July 20, 2020.

The hearings are scheduled for June 30, 2020 at 5:30 PM and July 14, 2020 at 5:30 PM. The hearings can be accessed at:

May 21, 2020 Meeting to Solicit Comments on Consolidated Plan

Morris County will hold a public meeting on May 21, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. to solicit comments on the Consolidated Plan for Community Planning and Development Programs 2020-2024 and the Action Plan for FY 2020. Dial in to the meeting: 1-877-826-6967; ID: #7314431. Get more information about the plan.

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.

Area Pan Meeting Cancelled

The Consolidated Plan and 2020 Annual Plan public hearing for April 23 is canceled.  The meeting is rescheduled for May 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at 1 Medical Center,1 Medical Drive, Morris Plains NJ, Room 82. The Plan will be placed on display starting April 30 for public comment through June 1.

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.