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Plans and reports

The Policy Development and Research Division manages plans with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Find out how we work with them to fund our programs.

Each year, we get federal grants that we use to develop housing in the City of Boston. To get funding, we have to provide HUD with a report and our plans for the year. We also manage notices about requirements for the City’s partner groups that want to apply for federal funding.
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Plans and Reports

Plans and Reports

Every year, we submit an Action Plan to HUD. The plan covers how we will use federal funds to fix the issues we discuss in our Consolidated plan.

    Action Plan PY2021 (7/1/21 to 6/30/22)
    Action Plan PY2020 (7/1/20 to 6/30/21)
    Action Plan PY2019 

    HUD has traditionally required the City of Boston to complete an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. The most recent was completed in 2010.

    The Federal CARES Act provides substantial funding to the City of Boston for responding to, and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In order to spend the funds that HUD provides to the City from the CARES Act, we must complete a "Substantial Amendment" to our 2019 HUD Action Plan. We have completed such amendments for $20,039,341 in CDBG funds, $449,562 in Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds, and $28,543,879 in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funds.


    To apply for federal grants, we create a Plan for the City's development needs over five years. HUD reviewed and approved the plan in August of 2018.

    Related documents
    Consolidated Plan (July 2018 to June 2023)

    We create a report at the end of each program year that describes what we've been able to accomplish with federal funding. We provide this report to the public, and to HUD.

    DRAFT OF CAPER: Program Year 2020 (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021)

    Submit your comments online.

    We review applications when Neighborhood Development employees want to use our homebuyer programs. Our goal is to make sure there is no conflict of interest.

    We limit employee participation to 5 percent of the available funding in a program to ensure access by the general public is not significantly limited.

    We update the DND: Employee Participation Requests every year. You can also find a copy of this list at our Bid Counter: 

    26 Court St., 10th Floor
    Boston, MA 02108
    Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    To complete many grant applications, groups that are partners with the City first need to get their project certified by us. We make sure the project is consistent with the federal plans for the community where it’s located.

    If you need to get certified for your project, please give us your application at least two weeks before the deadline for the federal funding application. Complete the Certificate of Consistency application and return it to:

    Department of Neighborhood Development
    Policy Development and Research
    Attn: HUD Verification
    26 Court St. 11th Floor
    Boston, MA 02108

    You can also email your application to Still have questions? You can reach Diane at 617-635-0243.

    Depending on your situation, you may need to also fill out one or more of these documents:



    Certificate of Consistency HUD 2991

    You may need to give us a second application based on the type of program you are applying for.

    Certificate of Consistency with Preferred Sustainable Community HUD 2995

    Preferred Sustainability Status Communities

    Some programs offer bonuses for projects that fit into a sustainability plan for a community. Boston has Preferred Sustainability Status.

    Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, AI

    You may need to show how your project will address fair housing needs in the City. You’ll have to describe how you will overcome one or more of the issues cited in the City's Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing and Fair Housing Plan.

    For more information, contact the Office of Civil Rights. Call 617-635-2540, or email:

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