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Thomas McDermott, Community Development Administrator

Did you know that Bristol Township is the 13th largest municipality in Pennsylvania.  That is, it is the 13th out of more than 2,600 cities, townships and boroughs in the Commonwealth.  The Township is more than 55,000 people strong and the Bristol Township Office of Community Development (BTOCD) is beginning the planning for the next five years of its Community Development Planning Strategy or CPS (2005-2009).  Our strategy involves planning for economic development and improvements to housing, parks, streets and infrastructure.  We will be asking for your help as we prepare this plan.

We commend you, the citizens of Bristol Township, and our elected officials in helping us carry out many activities which are improving conditions in our community.  During the last five-year planning period (2000-2004), the BTOCD accomplished many objectives; and we offer you some insight into our funding seeking activities and but a sample of the many projects that have been successfully carried out by the BTOCD with the active involvement of the public, elected officials and Township staff:

  • Recognized by the FannieMae Foundation with an Honorable Mention for the 2001-2002 Maxwell Awards of Excellence for the production of affordable housing.  This prestigious national award was for our project, The Market Basket Approach to Affordable Housing.  It was only one of six honorable mentions out of 72 applications received for the 2001-2002 round.  Of those projects recognized by FannieMae, Bristol Township's was the only one from Pennsylvania.

  • Requested and received:

    • $3,782,000 in Community Development Block Grant Funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    • $1,050,000 in first-time homebuyer funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

    • $225,000 in housing rehabilitation funding under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

    • Approval of a $3,900,000 Section 108 Loan Guarantee for economic development from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    • Approval of $390,025 in Bucks County Housing Trust Fund monies to be used as a match for a future first-time homebuyer application to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

As a result of our success in seeking funds, the BTOCD was able to carry out many projects, some of which include:

  • Social and recreational services including the Bristol Township Senior Citizens Center and the Bloomsdale Fleetwing DOOR of Opportunity Program.

  • Crime Awareness and Prevention including town watch support and the purchase of fire protection equipment.

  • Prevention of child abuse programs and homeless assistance and child care centers including Head Start.

  • Handicapped centers and services including BARC Early Intervention Program, adult day care for severely handicapped seniors, and disabled veterans programs.

  • Employment readiness and mental health services.

  • Infrastructure improvements including sewer lines and handicapped access curb cuts and historic preservation.

  • Homeowner-occupied rehabilitation and multi-family housing rehabilitation and first-time homebuyer programs.

  • Provided and economic development loan to secure the improvement of the once dilapidated motel that is now the shining example of upward movement in the Township, the Ramada Inn on Route 13.

Through the BTOCD, the Township is a member of the Bucks County Human Services Housing Coalition (HSHC) which is involved in the fight to end chronic homelessness.

We are pleased to serve the citizens of Bristol Township.

Send e-mail to the Department of Community Development

2501 Bath Road | Bristol, PA  19007 | BUCKS COUNTY | Phone: 215-785-0500

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