Community Development

Questions you may have in relation to the County Office of Community Development in relation to the Coronavirus as of June 8, 2020

Our staff is back in the office. If you need to make an appointment to come in to speak with our staff, please call our Main Office Phone: 845-615-3820, Monday - Friday, 9a-5p.

What resources are available to provide assistance at this time?

Please refer to the programs listed below:

FEMA Public Assistance Funding in response to COVID: Local Governments and non-profits entities should apply to FEMA before other sources of funding:

Please visit the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/recovery/public/active-declarations.cfm

Non-Profit Assistance Application: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/recovery/public/documents/4480-PNP-RPA-Packet-Private-Not-for-Profit.pdf

All Resources: The Federal Reserve Bank of New York launched the Coronavirus Resource Center where individuals, businesses, and non-profits can find out what’s available to them at the federal, state, and city level. This information is regularly updated to connect our communities with the necessary and most up to date resources.

Businesses: Contact the Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at (845) 802-9150 or SBDC@sunyulster.edu Their staff will provide you with streamlined information in one place and contact you as relief is made available to Orange County Businesses. Visit the SBDC Website.

Individuals: Contact the Dutchess-Orange Region United Way for Assistance: (845) 471-1900 or visit their website

Homeless: HONOR EHG: 845-343-7115 or visit their website or the FEMA Emergency Shelter website

For the most up to date information on assistance from the Federal Government please visit: https://www.usa.gov/disaster-financial-help 

For information from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): https://www.hud.gov/coronavirus

How can I prepare for funding from HUD if it is made available as a result of COVID-19?

Our office is monitoring the availability of HUD funding closely and will make updates as we are informed. For the time being, the best way to prepare is by collecting and documenting your losses as well as the documenting any assistance you may be receiving from other sources such as FEMA, the SBA, or Unemployment Assistance.

Here are some specific tips:

  • Keep as much time/date stamped documents, news articles, executive order information related to the losses you have experienced from this pandemic as possible, this is an important documentation requirement for this funding source and would be required with your application. If possible, request a letter from your bank, insurance or a third party loss evaluator. Official/ Date Stamped documents can only help you in the future. 
  • Save dated copies of any bills or overhead expenses you incur during this time. If you have paid them, keep $0.00 balance proof of payment, or cancelled checks/credit card statements.This could help you become reimbursed for expenses at a later date.
  • Be sure to document any other sources of funding you received as well as the application documents you submit to other programs (examples include: SBA, FEMA, NYS Unemployment etc.) Our office will need to review your other funding to ensure we are not providing duplicated assistance which is a HUD requirement.
  • Lastly, write a narrative of your losses as well as document any changes as they occur. It will be important to be able to recall specific details to your business. There are many changes happening daily and it will be difficult to pin point dates and events as they get farther from the time your loss occurred as a result of the pandemic.

We will update our website as information is received and reviewed.


Important Documents

About Us

The Office of Community Development administers the HUD funded Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and the Emergency Solutions Grants. Our mission is to obtain and utilize Federal, State, and local funds to carry out physical improvements to infrastructure and public facilities, rehabilitate existing housing, and facilitate the new construction of affordable housing particularly for people with low and moderate incomes throughout Orange County. 

2021 FY HOME Program RFA - Closed - Due 6/12/2020

Orange County’s Office of Community Development announces its FY-2021 Request for Applications (RFA) for the Development of Affordable Rental Housing and Homeownership Projects under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program. Applications are due no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, June 12, 2020. See the complete RFA at the link below for details:

CDBG Application - Deadline Extended to 6/26/2020

Previous deadline of April 24, 2020 has been extended due to CO-VID19