The mission of the Community Development Department is to provide a variety of services to low- and-moderate-income households living in Amherst, including increasing affordable housing options and social services.
The Community Development Department (CDD) provides a variety of social and economic development services for Amherst families, individuals and the community.
The following activities highlight CDD’s functions:
Develops and administers Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs. Eligible activities include but are not limited to housing rehabilitation or development, micro-enterprise, infrastructure, public facilities, social services, planning and area revitalization.
Works with the CDBG Advisory Committee.
Provides information regarding childcare and early education, with emphasis to the availability of tuition assistance for low-income families.
Coordinates emergency assistance to low-income individuals and families using interest from the Alfred Field Charitable Trust Fund.
Assesses community needs with respect to childcare and human services.
Works collaboratively with numerous committees and human or social service groups that address critical community programs.
Develops new programs that respond to community priorities.
The Community Development Department provides staff assistance to the following committees: