Office of Community Development, City of Norwich


Economic Programs

About Us

Mission: To administer the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development?s Community Development Block Grant program and other federally funded community improvement programs funded in a manner that complies with applicable laws and that benefits low and moderate-income people, as charged by the Community Development Act of 1974.

Description of Services:
Property Rehabilitation: Private homeowners and/or investors with property in the City of Norwich (who rent to low or moderate-income people) may be eligible for property rehabilitation loans at 0% interest. These loans may be used for lead abatement or other repairs needed to make the property compliant with the local building code.

Lead Abatement: The programs goals and objectives are to make priority-housing unites within Norwich ?Lead-Safe?. It is the goal of this program to insure availability of safe, clean and affordable housing units.
Funding to property owners will be in the form of deferred payment loans/grants. The intent of providing this type of financing is to encourage participation and preservation of affordable housing.

Program Related Funding:
Community Development Block Grant funds are to be used to meet three national objectives. (1) To benefit the Low-to-Moderate Income population in an area/neighborhood, on an individual/family level, on a housing level, and be creating and/or retaining jobs. (2) To eliminate or address issues which have contributed to the deterioration of an area designated as a slum or blighted area. (3) To provide for the alleviation of emergency conditions, termed ?Urgent Need?. These conditions must pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community.

An application process for funding takes place beginning in January of every year.