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NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT  Please be advised the Draft FY2018 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is available for review during a 15 day public comment period beginning Wednesday, June 5, 2019 and continuing through and including Thursday June 21, 2019.  Click here to review the draft plan. For more information about the comment period click here. 

Written comments can be submitted by e-mail.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT Please be advised Monmouth County is proposing to amend the FY2017 and the FY2018 Annual Action Plan. A 30 day public comment period beginning Sunday April 14, 2019 and continuing through Tuesday May 14, 2019.  To review the proposed FY2017 amendment click here.  To review the proposed FY2018 amendment click here

The Community Development Office is currently accepting First-Time Homebuyers Applications - click here. Please email debra.dovedytis@co.monmouth.nj.us for more information or call 732-431-7460. 

Monmouth County Community Development

The Community Development section coordinates, implements, and monitors compliance under several federal grant programs, including Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership Program, Emergency Solutions Grant, and HEARTH homeless assistance grants. 

Staff prepares the County’s 5-Year Consolidated Plan, which identifies the County’s housing and special population needs, and update annually, as required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to receive funding and compiles detailed financial and programmatic information to report to HUD on the utilization of federal funding, including extensive data collection and analysis of program beneficiaries.

Working through various committees, Community Development staff oversees an annual budget of more than $7,500,000 in federal grants to fund:

  • Administer the First Time Homebuyer Program (down payment assistance)
  • Support the Fair Housing Board and Office
  • Provide funding for municipal infrastructure projects
  • Assist in financing new construction of affordable housing
  • Oversee home repairs for low income households
  • Provide rental assistance for special needs and at-risk individuals and families
  • Sponsor public services through local nonprofit organizations

The section provides shared services to municipalities through management of municipally funded Mt. Laurel Rehabilitation programs and providing funding and oversight for construction of affordable housing projects to assist municipalities to meet fair share housing obligations.
The Community Development section also partners with the County’s Office of Human Services and other stakeholders to eradicate homelessness in the County. In conjunction with Human Services the section applies for HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) funding; prepares a  10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness and coordinates with local nonprofit organizations to conduct the annual Point in Time outreach survey.  This effort to identify and report to HUD the number of homeless and at-risk families/individuals in the County is required to obtain annual federal HEARTH funding.


  • Community Development Committee
  • Citizen Participation Group (CPG)
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
  • HOME Project Review Committee
  • Continuum of Care (CoC) Committee
  • Comprehensive Emergency Assistance System (CEAS)/HEARTH Committee
Additional Information:
Sharon Rafter, Community Development Director
Laura Kirby, AICP, Community Development Assistant Director
Debra Dovedytis, Program Specialist 2
Elise Menendez,  Housing Inspector
Ashley S. Brittain, Grant Manager
Tracy Winrow, Fair Housing Officer
Jennifer Ahlfeld, Assistant Administrative Analyst 
Sabrina Dunn, Keyboarding Clerk 

Phone: 732-431-7460     Fax: 732-308-2995

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