Each year, the city of Northampton receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In accordance with HUD regulations, CDBG funds must be awarded primarily to projects, programs, and services that improve the lives of the city's low- and moderate income residents (defined as individuals or families whose annual income does not exceed 80% of the Area Median Income as determined by HUD). A CDBG-funded activity must also meet at least one of the following CDBG program goals:

Access to CDBG Funds

In order to access CDBG funds, the city is required to submit an Annual Action Plan to HUD which includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • A citizen participation plan
  • A description of local service providers
  • City departments consulted for the plan
  • Identification of the city's priority housing, economic, and community needs
  • A list of activities (the plan) to address the identified needs

Five Year Consolidation Plan

Additionally, every five years the city must submit a Five Year Consolidated Plan to HUD. The Consolidated Plan includes a housing and homelessness needs assessment, a housing market analysis, and a strategic plan whereby the city identifies its priority needs and how they will be addressed by CDBG funds over a five-year period. Activities undertaken in an Annual Action Plan must address the priority needs identified in the Five Year Consolidated Plan (PDF).

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (2012) (PDF)

Affordable Housing Contact List (2018) (PDF)

CDBG Dollars at Work

  1. 2017-2016
  2. 2016-2015
  3. 2015-2014
  4. 2014-2013


Down payment/closing cost assistance/counseling     $32,000
Relocation Assistance for 129 Pleasant Street (Northampton Lodging)  $150,000
Acquisition of property on Glendale Road for 4 units affordable housing    $220,000
Housing Rehab Program – 4 units in progress; 5 pending  $400,000
Acquisition of 256 Pleasant Street (Lumber Yard)  $200,000
Alliance/Gandara Center House Rehabilitation  $45,000
Total: $1,047,000

Public Facilities:

Grove Street Heating System Improvements     $20,000
Center for the Arts Accessibility Improvements $50,000

Economic Development:

Micro-Business Technical Assistance  $15,000
Total: $15,000

Public Services:    

12 agencies providing legal services, emergency food bank, emergency shelter, literacy, outreach and advocacy for Latinos, youth services, and SRO support $96,500
Total: $96,500

Planning & Administration:   

Community and economic development planning activities and administration of the CDBG program $122,748
Total: $122,784
CDBG Overall Total: $1,351,248