Community Development

Office of Community Development Staff is in the office Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. If you need to make an appointment to come in to speak with our staff, please call our Main Office Phone: 845-615-3820.

What resources are available to provide assistance at this time for COVID?

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

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. 

FY-2022 HOME Program RFA - Due 6/25/2021 by 4PM

Orange County’s Office of Community Development FY-2022 Request for Applications (RFA) for the Development of Affordable Rental Housing and Homeownership Projects under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program are currently being accepted until  Friday, June 25, 2021. If you would like to receive a Word version of the application please email Erin Cousins, Community Development Project Manager at ecousins@orangecountygov.com. Below is the 2022 RFA PDF:

FY-2022 CDBG Urban County Application - Due 6/25/2021 by 4PM

Orange County's Office of Community Development 2022 CDBG Applications are currently being accepted from municipalities participating in the Orange County CDBG Urban County. If you would like to receive a Word version of the application please email Alaina Walag, Assistant Director at awalag@orangecountygov.com. Below is the 2022 CDBG application PDF:

CDBG-DR Public Infrastructure RFA Due - 6/25/2021 by 4PM

Orange County Office of Community Development is pleased to offer a special opportunity for CDBG Consortium Members to apply for CDBG-DR assistance in response to the 2011 Disasters: Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. These applications must meet a CBDG National Objective, demonstrate unmet need and have a clear tie back to the eligible storm events. Please contact Alaina Walag, Assistant Director at awalag@orangecountygov.com with questions about project eligibility. Below is the CDBG-DR application PDF: