The City of Vineland Community Development Program exists
to help individuals and neighborhoods help themselves. The
Community Development Program focuses federal and state resources
on improving such quality of life issues as housing, community
safety, recreation, resident information and resident empowerment.
Community Development Program receives no funding from the
City of Vineland municipal budget. All administrative and
program costs come from federal and state grants awarded to
the City of Vineland. These resources include:
The U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant:
Vineland has received CDBG funding for more than 30 years.
The latest award, for Federal Fiscal Year 2008, is
for $545,367. Click
here to see the latest budget for CDBG funds.
HUD HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME):
For the past 15 years, Vineland has led a consortium
of area municipalities, including Millville, Bridgeton and
Fairfield Township, who came together to receive funding
under the HOME program. The latest award for the entire
consortium is for $714,216, of which $307,827 is for Vineland.
------ Click here to see the latest budget for HOME funds.
State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs' (DCA)
Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP):
The Neighborhood Preservation Program provides $100,000
per year for five years to support approved activities in
the South East Center City Neighborhood (bounded by Landis
Avenue, Chestnut Avenue, South East Boulevard and Myrtle
Cumberland Empowerment Zone:
The Cumberland Empowerment Zone has awarded the City $435,000
over the past 8 years to fund the Home Ownership Assistance
Program (HOAP), a revolving loan account that helps families
purchase homes in Center City Vineland.
Housing Trust Fund:
An account has recently been established to receive anticipated
payments from developers. The payments are to cover affordable
housing obligations as defined by the New Jersey Council
on Affordable Housing (COAH) and that are the result of
new development within the city.
The Community Development Program is responsible for the following
By far the Program's largest activity is operating the
Residential Rehab Program, which provides interest-free
loans to repair residential properties where income-eligible
families live. The Program completes an average of 55 rehabs
annually, including an all-time high of 72 units during
calendar year 2007 when more than $850,000 worth of improvements
were made. Nearly all of these homes are owner-occupied,
though the program is available for rental properties. A
large percentage of program beneficiaries are either senior
citizens living on fixed incomes (approximately 34%) or
working, single-parent households (approximately 25%). Income
eligibility levels are set by HUD at 80% of the Area Median
Income (AMI). For example, the current limit for a family
of 4 is $46,950.
responsibilities include verifying applicant eligibility,
assessing the work that needs to be done, preparing work
specifications to define the scope of work that will be
done, soliciting bids from qualified home repair contractors,
helping the homeowner select a contractor, monitoring repairs
for quality and timeliness and handling all payments and
reporting in conjunction with the program. Under the HOME
program, we also provide support and monitoring for similar
programs in Millville and Bridgeton and operate the program
for Fairfield Township. As with any federally funded program,
regulations and record-keeping requirements are extensive.
Besides housing rehab, city CDBG funds are used for
a wide variety of activities, as permitted by federal regulations.
For instance, CDBG funds are used to purchase fire and safety
equipment for the city, improve parks and other public facilities,
support City code enforcement efforts and assist local non-profits
in the delivery of recreational, educational and other social
Under the HOME program, all funds must be used to either
preserve or create affordable housing units. The Community
Development Program assists local non-profits, including
those that have been designated as Community Housing Development
Organizations (CHDOs), with affordable housing development
in Vineland, Millville and Bridgeton.
Ownership Assistance Program:
The HOAP program provides interest-free loans of up
to $5,000 to help with down payments and closing costs for
families wishing to purchase a home in Center City Vineland
(bounded by Park, West and Chestnut avenues and Myrtle Street).
In the South East Center City Neighborhood Preservation
Program area (bounded by Chestnut and Landis avenues, South
East Boulevard and Myrtle Street), an additional $2,500,
known as HOAP Plus, is available to assist homebuyers. The
assistance is in the form or an interest-free second mortgage
on the property. The loan is repaid when the buyer no longer
uses the property as principal residence. To date some 250
families have participated in the program, including approximately
25 who purchased the same home they had been renting.
on Affordable Housing (COAH) issues:
All municipalities in the state are responsible for
providing affordable housing and for reporting to COAH.
During COAH's first two rounds, Vineland had a rehab obligation
only. Beginning with COAH's Third Round rules, initially
passed in December 2004 and retroactive to January 2004,
Vineland has a Growth Share obligation to provide new housing
units in proportion to the amount of new residential and
commercial development that takes place in the city between
January 2004 and December 2018. Contact Vineland's Municipal
Housing Liaison, Alex Curio, at firstname.lastname@example.org
for additional information.
When the city Zoning Officer determines that a proposed
use of property within the Center City Redevelopment Area
is not consistent with the Center
City Redevelopment Plan, the property owner or potential
owner has the right to request that City Council amend the
Redevelopment Plan to permit the use on the property in
question. The Community Development Program's Director receives
and processes applications requesting Plan amendments, including
scheduling staff review and council consideration of the
A recently added function of the Community Development
Program is compilation of a list of properties for potential
action under the city's Abandoned Properties Ordinance and
assistance in bringing about appropriate action as directed
by the administration and legal staff. Such action could
include court-ordered property improvements or demolition
by the owner or by the city, possibly resulting in the city
taking ownership of the property.
Suggest a property for the Abandoned Properties List by
contacting Ken Heather at email@example.com.
Preservation Program (NPP):
The NJ Department of Community Affairs selected Vineland
to participate in the Neighborhood Preservation Program
for the South East Center City Neighborhood (bounded by
Chestnut and Landis avenues, South East Boulevard and Myrtle
Street). The NPP organizes resident participation in determining
how to use the $100,000 annual grant (for 5 years) that
comes with NPP designation. The SECC NPP addresses community
safety, recreation, neighborhood appearance and home ownership.
The Community Development Program often receives calls for
types of assistance that the program does not directly provide.
In those cases, it is the aim of the program to help residents
find the assistance they need by referring them to the appropriate
entity, whether another department in the City or to Cumberland
County government or to private non-profits or elsewhere.
The ability to provide timely, accurate information requires
CDP to network with other assistance providers. Contact
the CDP office at