Community Development

Questions you may have in relation to the County Office of Community Development in relation to the Coronavirus as of March 17, 2020

Our physical office will be closed to the public and most staff will be working remotely as per Governor Cuomo’s directives. However, someone will be available from 9a-5p, Monday-Friday by calling our Main Office Phone: 845-615-3820. 

Current projects will move forward through their processes as much as possible. Given that these projects require inter office approvals and other in-person meetings, they may experience a delay in response time or contract execution, but updates will be made to applicants and municipalities as requested and communication will remain open. At this time, we do not have access to HUD funding in in response to COVID-19 and are not accepting applications for assistance in response to COVID-19. 

The Housing Rehab Program is Suspended Until Further Notice

The Housing Rehab program requires on-site interior and exterior inspections in order to function. Until further guidance is released, we must suspend this program in order to keep the applicants (homeowners) and our staff safe by adhering to the most recent guidance issued during this time.

Guidance for the CDBG Municipal Program 

The Municipal Application for 2021 deadline has been extended from April 24, 2020 to June 26, 2020 at 4pm. We will update this webpage as timelines and extensions are granted from HUD. Public hearings should be postponed until it is safe to gather.

Any additional questions, please call 845-615-3820 or email

On March 18th, 2020 HUD suspended foreclosures and evictions for 60 days

Read their press release for more information

What resources are available to provide assistance at this time?

Please refer to the programs listed below:

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 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: 

For information from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):

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 for businesses and individuals 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 recieved and reviewed.

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 - NOW OPEN! 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, public hearings should be postponed at this time.

Important Documents