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The mission of the Department of Economic and Housing Development is to create economic opportunity for Newark residents and enhance the vibrancy of our city. To this end, the department seeks to position Newark to take advantage of its unique assets, including its strategic location, a diverse and underutilized workforce, a large amount of developable land, concentration of corporate and business service firms, several major universities, and a wealth of arts and cultural assets.

The Department of Economic and Housing Development includes the following divisions:

  • Director’s Office, which provides leadership in the effort to achieve the various goals and objectives of the department.
  • Housing Assistance, which administers the new construction and rehabilitation/renovation of safe, affordable housing and public facilities and nonprofit owned, non-residential facilities
  • Logistics and Industrial Opportunities, which provides Newark residents with business and workforce development opportunities at the Newark Liberty International Airport, Port Newark, and the surrounding area.
  • Office of Boards and Commissions, which provides guidance to property owners and developers regarding the use and physical development of land, as well as the regulation of residential rents.
  • Property Management, which provides real estate management services for properties acquired by the City of Newark until they can be returned to the city tax rolls.
  • Planning and Community Development,  which providesguidance to the growth and preservation of the city through informed and thoughtful regulation and analysis of: land use, economic and social conditions, and transportation, infrastructure, and environmental systems in a manner that facilitates appropriate development, protects historic and cultural assets, and engages all stakeholders in an open and transparent process.
  • Office Of Reentry,  which provides assistance to formerly incarcerated people return home from prison or jail and become successful, productive members of the Newark community
  • Sustainability Office,  which supports policies and programs that improve public health and quality of life, drive down costs through stewardship of resources, and expand green job and business opportunities for Newark residents.
  • HMFA Foreclosure Relief Programs, the State of New Jersey and the federal government provide a variety of programs to assist homeowners. Information about these programs is free. As a service to struggling homeowners in your community, could you please post the attached information or links on your municipality's website.


    About Foreclosure, First Steps: www.nj.gov/dca/hmfa/foreclosure/about/

    Foreclosure Fast Facts in English: www.nj.gov/dca/hmfa/media/download/foreclosure/fc_foreclosurefastfacts_english.pdf

    The link for Foreclosure Fast Facts in Spanish: www.nj.gov/dca/hmfa/media/download/foreclosure/fc_foreclosurefastfacts_spanish.pdf

    Also, please share this information with visitors to the municipal building and with any organization in your area that might find it beneficial.

    For more information on foreclosure relief programs, please call 1-800-NJ-HOUSE.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs


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