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.
Home 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.
Council 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 email@example.com
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 requests.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighborhood 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.
Information and Referral:
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