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The Housing & Neighborhood Development Division administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships funding that the City receives from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In addition the division also administers City's bond funds and monitors Housing Successor agency covenants.

The division funds a wide array of programs and services, including rental assistance, home improvement grants and loans, street and sidewalk repairs, graffiti removal, affordable housing, domestic violence, youth counseling, and other social services.

Click on the links below to obtain information specific to the following programs:

Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
Provides rental assistance to very low income residents.

Rental Housing Providers
Need information about the Section 8 program and the many incentives that the Norwalk Housing Authority is offering, please visit our Landlord Resource page or call us at (562) 929-5588.

Eviction Assistance Program
Norwalk residents have access to attorney representation for eviction defense and court proceedings from Community Legal Services. Contact Community Legal Services at 11834 Firestone Boulevard (walk-ins accepted) or call 1-800-834-5001.

Home Improvement Program
Provides financial assistance to low income property owners to make needed repairs in the form of loans or grants. Assistance may include the remodeling of a home to comply with building code and health requirements, fixing structural conditions, and other general improvements. For information in Spanish, click here.

Affordable Housing for Special Needs

Using HOME funds, the City has partnered with Home Ownership for Personal Empowerment, Inc. to provide affordable housing opportunities for developmentally disabled adults.

Summary of 2019 Housing Summit and Community Needs Survey
In preparation of the 2020 Consolidated Plan, the City conducted a Community Needs Survey and held community meetings. Visit this page to view the results of the survey, meetings and the HOUSING SUMMIT.

Water Efficient Landscape Designs
Want to save water? The City has developed six unique drought tolerant landscape designs. The designs will need to be adapted to fit your property's size and unique characteristics.

Housing Successor Agency
The division monitors the regulatory agreements of the Housing Successor and administers the Housing Bond Fund.

Plans and documents: 

Substantial Amendment to FY 19/20 Annual Action Plan and Citizen Participation Plan

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was passed to combat the spread and impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID- 19). Through the CARES Act, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will grant the City of Norwalk with additional $747,572 in CDBG-CV funds. Eligible activities must prevent, prepare for, or respond to COVID-19. Additionally, HUD will be granting waivers and suspensions to certain Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds. HUD has also passed guidelines for CDBG-CV funds to maximize the availability of funds for COVID-19. The City of Norwalk is required to amend the 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan and Citizen Participation Plan prior to implementation of waivers and utilization of CDBG-CV funds. The City understands that such waivers do not include affordability, income targeting, environmental, fair housing, and labor standards suspensions. 

Draft 2020 Consolidated Plan and FY 2020/21 Annual Action Plan

The Draft 2020 Consolidated Plan and FY 2020/21 Annual Action Plan (one document) is available for public review and comment until April 30, 2020.  Please contact Stephanie Ruiz, Interim Housing Manager, at sruiz@norwalkca.gov with any questions or comments.  A public hearing concerning final plan adoption will take place at an upcoming City Council meeting. 

2020 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

FY 2019/20 CDBG & HOME Annual Action Plan

The adopted Fiscal Year 2019/20 Annual Action Plan was available for public review and comment until April 29, 2019. A public hearing concerning final Plan adoption was conducted by the City Council on May 7, 2019.

FY 2018/19 CDBG & HOME Annual Action Plan
The Annual Action Plan describes the activities that the City is proposing to carry out with CDBG & HOME funds during the 2018/19 fiscal year

FY 2017/18 CDBG & HOME Annual Action Plan with Final Funding
The Annual Action Plan describes the activities that the City is proposing to carry out with CDBG & HOME funds during the 2017/18 fiscal year. The Plan with estimated funding amounts was approved by the City Council on May 2, 2017. 

FY 2016/17 CDBG & HOME Annual Action Plan
The Annual Action Plan describes the activities that the City plans to carry out with CDBG & HOME funds during the 2016/17 fiscal year.
Substantial Amendment to FY16/17 Annual Action Plan adopted May 2, 2017.

2015-2020 Consolidated Plan
Using community input, the City develops a 5-Year Consolidated Plan which outlines housing, economic development and social service needs in the City and how the City plans to spend CDBG and HOME funds to address those needs.

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
Each year, the City completes a CAPER, which summarizes the City's progress in meeting the goals described in the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan. Click on the year to view the completed CAPER: 2015; 2016; 2017
Draft 2018 CAPER is available for public comment through September 25, 2019.

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
Identifies barriers to equal housing access and develops solutions to mitigate or remove such impediments.

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