Community Development

Overview

Community Development encompasses the development of "quality of life" for City of Biddeford residents. It may include:

  • Downtown programs that improve the look and self image of a community
  • Implementation of social service programs
  • Long range planning
  • Public facility improvements
  • Redevelopment of vacant lots into pocket parks
  • Revitalization of neighborhoods
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Projects can be as small as a corner park or as big as a city wide work force training program.

Working With Economic Development

Community Development works in conjunction with Economic Development. Economic Development may at times focus on the larger picture of business attraction and retention, city economic climate, long range economic planning and partnerships with financial institutions and regional economic development projects.

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ARPA Information and Application Forms

ARPA Pre-Application Form

Community Development Block Grant Documents

The plans and documents below all relate to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that Biddeford receives as an Entitlement Community of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Year 4 Action Plan - Proposed Amendments

2020 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)

Year 4 Action Plan

Citizens Participation Plan - Amended June 2, 2020

Consolidated Plan, 2018 to 2023

Biddeford Housing Assessment of Needs

Housing is an important part of community and economic development. Good quality housing, safe, clean, and comfortable, is necessary to attract and maintain a strong and stable workforce. Quality is important, but so is quantity. An adequate supply, for all income levels, is equally crucial.

In order to address key housing issues that might exist here in Biddeford, a seminar was conducted on March 28, 2019 at McArthur Library. City officials, city staff, industry experts, and the public identified some of the most pressing concerns regarding housing.

A report of Biddeford housing was prepared in March, 2018 to present an overall assessment of housing. This report identified many aspects of Biddeford housing, including quantity, type, age, condition, and affordability.

Linked here are these reports, as well as a demographic profile of Biddeford as of 2019: