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Public Hearing Notice The Monmouth County Office of Community Development will be holding a public hearing to invite public comment and input on the draft 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, 2020 Annual Action Plan and proposed expendiutres of the Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocation on Tuesday June 23, 2020.  Please be advised this will be a web conference public hearing. Please click here for instructions to access the meeting. 

Notice of Public Comment: Please be advised the Draft FY2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and FY2020 Annual Action Plan is available for public review. Public comments will be received from June12-June 23. Click here to review the draft plan. Written comments can be submitted via e-mail here

Notice of Public Comment, CARES Act Funding: Monmouth County has prepared draft substantial amendments to the FY2019 Annual Action Plan outlining proposed expenditures of the CDBG-CV and ESG-CV supplemental funds.  The public comment period will last from June 12 through June 23, 2020.  To view the CDBG-CV amendment click here. To view the ESG-CV amendment click here. Written comments can be submitted via e-mail here

Notice of Public Comment: Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds: Soldier On Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Village can be found here.

Citizen Particpation Plan Updates:The Monmouth County Office of Community Development has updated the Citizen Participation Plan. To review the document click here.

The Monmouth County Office of Community Development in line with guidance issued March 30, 2020  from the Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  amended the Citizen Participation Plan to expedite actions ito respond to COVID-19.  To review the amendment click here.

The Community Development Office is currently accepting First-Time Homebuyers Applications - click here. Please email communitydevelopment@co.monmouth.nj.us for more information or call 732-431-7460. 

Monmouth County Community Development

The Community Development section coordinates, implements, and monitors compliance under several federal grant programs, including Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership Program, Emergency Solutions Grant, and HEARTH homeless assistance grants. 

Staff prepares the County’s 5-Year Consolidated Plan, which identifies the County’s housing and special population needs, and update annually, as required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to receive funding and compiles detailed financial and programmatic information to report to HUD on the utilization of federal funding, including extensive data collection and analysis of program beneficiaries.

Working through various committees, Community Development staff oversees an annual budget of more than $7,500,000 in federal grants to fund:

  • Administer the First Time Homebuyer Program (down payment assistance)
  • Support the Fair Housing Board and Office
  • Provide funding for municipal infrastructure projects
  • Assist in financing new construction of affordable housing
  • Oversee home repairs for low income households
  • Provide rental assistance for special needs and at-risk individuals and families
  • Sponsor public services through local nonprofit organizations

The section provides shared services to municipalities through management of municipally funded Mt. Laurel Rehabilitation programs and providing funding and oversight for construction of affordable housing projects to assist municipalities to meet fair share housing obligations.
The Community Development section also partners with the County’s Office of Human Services and other stakeholders to eradicate homelessness in the County. In conjunction with Human Services the section applies for HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) funding; prepares a  10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness and coordinates with local nonprofit organizations to conduct the annual Point in Time outreach survey.  This effort to identify and report to HUD the number of homeless and at-risk families/individuals in the County is required to obtain annual federal HEARTH funding.

  • Community Development Committee
  • Citizen Participation Group (CPG)
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
  • HOME Project Review Committee
  • Continuum of Care (CoC) Committee
  • Comprehensive Emergency Assistance System (CEAS)/HEARTH Committee
Additional Information:
Laura Kirby, AICP, Community Development Director
Marissa Cortese, Senior Planner  
Debra Dovedytis, Program Specialist 2
Elise Menendez,  Housing Inspector
Matthew Galan, Housing Inspector
Ashley S. Brittain, Grant Manager
Tracy Winrow, Fair Housing Officer
Jennifer Ahlfeld, Assistant Administrative Analyst 
Sabrina Dunn, Keyboarding Clerk 

Phone: 732-431-7460     Fax: 732-308-2995

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