The Office for Community Development (OCD) administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program Grant (HOME) received by the City from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The CDBG funds may be used for a wide range of activities that improve housing, the living environment and economic opportunities, primarily for persons of low to moderate income. The HOME funds can be used for housing (rehab, new construction, homebuyer) only.
Please explore the Community Development webpages for information on homeownership, fair housing, historic resources, and CDBG-funded public services available to Holyoke residents and businesses.
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Citizens Advisory Council
Monday February 10, 2014
Tuesday February 11, 2014 (if needed)
Wednesday February 12, 2014 (if needed)
All meetings will be held at 5:30 pm
in the fourth floor conference room of City Hall Annex.
1. Discuss proposed Substantial Amendment to Consolidated Plan:
a. Conversion of Small Business Loan Guarantee Program to Small Business Loan Program.
2. Review FFY2014 Community Development Block Grant proposals and proposed HOME Allocations and issue recommendations for funding allocations.
Meetings will be held on February 11, 2014 and February 12, 2014 only if the CAC needs additional time to review CDBG proposals and issue recommendations. Interested parties should contact the Office for Community Development for a meeting status at 322-5610.
Community Development Block Grant Application for July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015
Mayor Alex B. Morse is pleased to announce that the FFY2014 Community Development Block Grant application cycle opened on Monday December 2, 2013. Grant applications for Housing, Public Facilities, Infrastructure, Economic Development and Public Services will be available from the Office for Community Development upon request and due by January 10, 2014. The Community Development Block Grant Program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs primarily to serve low and moderate income residents. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States. In 2013, the City of Holyoke received approximately $1.1 million to fund a variety of projects including construction of the Pulaski Park Skateboard Park, renovation of Library Park, enhancements at the Senior Center and a variety of Public Services like homeownership assistance, day care, summer camp, food pantry and educational services. Interested organizations should call the City of Holyoke Office for Community Development at 413-322-5610 to request a copy of the FFY2014 CDBG Grant Application. Funding is not available to individuals; individuals in need of services may call the Office for Community Development for referrals.
The Office for Community Development welcomes public input and participation in its public hearings. Public hearings and meeting notices are posted here and outside the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall. Check back often and feel free to attend!
There are no Environmental Assessments available for public comment at this time.
FY2013-2014 Annual Action Plan – Allocations
The FFY2013 Allocation Process is now complete. Here is the final 2013 Spreadsheet with the funding recommendations from the Office for Community Development, Citizens Advisory Council, Redevelopment Committee, City Council and Mayor (final).
HUD has released the FY2013 Allocations. Holyoke will receive $1,109,335. in Community Development Block Grant Funds and the Holyoke-Chicopee-Westfield Consortium will receive $809,423. in HOME Investment Partnership Funds for housing development.
HOME Investment Partnerships Program- Request for Proposals
The HOME Program RFP cycle is now closed. No applications are being accepted at this time.
Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
On September 27, 2013, the City of Holyoke will submit its CAPER to HUD reporting on CDBG and HOME activities between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
A draft CAPER is available for public comment at the Office for Community Development, City Hall Annex, Room 400. Comments will be accepted until noon on September 26, 2013.
Resources for Property Owners, Businesses and Residents
The Office for Community Development funds several programs offering assistance to homeowners, rental property owners, small businesses and developers. Check here for a program that may help you.
Is assistance available to HOMEOWNERS for improvements?
Yes! The Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) administered by Olde Holyoke Development Corp. provides up to 60% rebates for home improvement of one-to-four unit, owner occupied properties. Program eligibility and the rebate percentage are based upon family size and income. Homeowners must be current on city property taxes and utilities.
Funded improvements include, but are not limited to:
New siding, new wiring, new plumbing, insulation, storm windows and doors, new driveways, lead-based paint removal, asbestos removal, roof repair, chimney repair, porch replacement, ceiling replacement, foundation repair, bathroom expansion for ADA accessibility, gutter and downspout replacements and smoke/heat detection systems.
Improvements must meet all NIP Program, OHDC, OCD, and HUD requirements including Safe Lead Practices, asbestos requirements, and Massachusetts Historic Commission approval, as applicable.
Homeowners must apply and be approved prior to starting work. All applications are subject to a home inspection and eligibility verification.
Funding is subject to the City receiving CDBG funds and funds being awarded to the NIP during the CDBG allocation process.
Please contact Olde Holyoke Development Corp. at 533-7101 for additional information.
Is assistance available to RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS for improvements?
Yes! The Rental Neighborhood Assistance Program (RNIP) administered by Olde Holyoke Development Corp. provides low interest loans for multi-family (3+ units) property improvements.
Priority consideration is given to those projects that bring occupied buildings into compliance with applicable codes. Refinancing of existing debt is not allowed. Loans up to $21,500/unit, depending on building equity and projected income.
Projects must meet all RNIP Program, OHDC, OCD, and HUD requirements including Safe Lead Practices, asbestos requirements, procurement, Section 3, federal wage rates and Massachusetts Historic Commission approval, as applicable. Property owners must be current on City of Holyoke property taxes and utilities. Tenant income requirements must be met and will be verified.
Property owners must apply and be approved prior to starting work. All applications are subject to property inspections and eligibility verification.
Funding is from the RNIP Revolving Loan Fund. RNIP is now open. Please contact Olde Holyoke Development Corp. at 533-7101 for additional information.
Is assistance available to BUSINESS OWNERS?
Is assistance available for SMALL BUSINESS development?
The Small Loan Program Pamphlet may be able to help by providing loan guarantees to businesses.
The Holyoke Chamber of Commerce offers business advocacy, education and training and job placement assistance.
Is assistance available to DEVELOPERS?
At least once a year, the OCD issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) for housing development under the federal HOME program. HOME provides direct funding for new construction and rehabilitation of housing. If you are interested in knowing more about HOME program funding or the RFP, please contact our office.
The HOME Program Request for Proposals is now open and is available under the Announcements section.
Are you or your family in need of educational services, summer camp, child care, food,
employment training or other services?
The Community Development Block Grant Program funds a variety of public services for the Holyoke community. Please see the 2013 Public Services for additional information about available services.
Choosing where you live is a right. Here are some excellent resources if you have questions about Fair Housing-
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The City of Holyoke is an Entitlement Community for the Community Development Block Grant and is the Lead City in the Holyoke-Chicopee-Westfield HOME Consortium. These grants are awarded directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Community Development Block Grant Program
What agencies/programs were funded for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)?
How are CDBG Funds allocated?
Allocation of the CDBG funds is done through a competitive multi-step grant process whereby interested agencies and others submit proposals to provide public services benefiting low and moderate income persons in Holyoke . For more information on the process schedule, please see the FY2013 Consolidated Plan Schedule. The FY2014 funding cycle will begin in early October; applications will be released in early-mid December.
OCD staff, the Citizens Advisory Council (CAC), the Mayor and the City Council review the proposals and make funding recommendations. The Mayor makes all final award decisions and submits the allocation plan to HUD by May 15, 2012 for activities beginning on July 1, 2012.
Proposals must meet HUD regulatory eligibility criteria and be able to demonstrate performance objectives and outcomes.
How can the public participate in the CDBG allocation process?
The public is invited to attend CAC and City Council meetings to observe allocation discussions and to attend public hearings regarding annual plans and re-programming requests. The FY2013 Consolidated Plan Schedule lists all public meetings and hearings. Please confirm dates, times, and locations with OCD or the City Clerk.
How are the City of Holyoke’s needs and priorities determined?
Every five years, OCD prepares a five-year Consolidated Plan with specific annual updates detailing the projects to be undertaken in that program year.
The 2010-2014 Strategic Consolidated Plan presents an overview of the City’s priorities for the next five years. The Annual Plan details the activities to be funded by CDBG and HOME for that year.
How is progress of funded activities monitored?
OCD conducts fiscal and performance monitoring of each funded agency to ensure that all programs and projects are in compliance with OCD and HUD regulations.
By September 30th of each year, OCD must prepare a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) to report on the progress of funded projects. The CAPER is then submitted to HUD.
Below is the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the period ending June 30, 2011.
HOME Investment Partnerships Program
The City of Holyoke, on behalf of the Chicopee-Westfield-Holyoke Consortium, conducts Community Home Development Organization (CHDO) certification for the Consortium’s HOME program. At least 15% of the Consortium’s HOME allocation must be awarded to qualified CHDO’s.
Currently certified CHDO’s for the Consortium are: Chicopee Neighborhood Development Corporation, Domus, Inc.
All new and existing CHDO’s must become familiar with CHDO Policies and Procedures. All new CHDO’s must complete the CHDO application. A Recertification Application will not be accepted for initial certification. Deadline for certification submittal is November 30th for CHDO status eligibility December 1st- December 1st. Recertifications for existing CHDO’s will be due annually on November 1st.
What’s the history of my home- is it on the Historic Inventory?
Detailed information about historical development of Holyoke is available in the 1982 MHC Reconnaissance Survey Town Report.
If you are using HUD funds (like the CDBG or RNIP programs) for the rehab work, the Massachusetts Historical Commission must approve your work before you begin. Rehab and renovation work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The Office for Community Development will coordinate MHC review for you as part of the Environmental Review Process.
How do I renovate in an historically sensitive manner?*
*Please note that OCD provides these links for public information
purposes only and in no way endorses, recommends or suggests
any specific service, contractor or advertiser.
Thinking of Buying a Home in Holyoke?
Check out Buy Holyoke Now
Buy Holyoke Now is an initiative that establishes a collaboration of public, nonprofit and private-sector organizations to preserve and promote homeownership opportunities throughout the City of Holyoke.
Need to Know More About the Homebuying Process? Be an Educated Homebuyer!
The Holyoke Housing Authority and HAP, Inc. offer first time home buyer education classes. Topics include money management, securing a mortgage, avoiding scams, understanding credit, and creating individual financial plans and timelines. Classes are required for those income-eligible persons seeking down payment assistance.
Need Homebuyer Downpayment Assistance?
The Holyoke Housing Authority also offers first time home buyer financial assistance. Recipients of first time home buyer funds must meet HHA, HUD and OCD eligibility criteria and complete a first time home buyer education class
Ready to Buy? The City of Holyoke Has Home Ownership Opportunities
OCD has provided funds for the construction of two owner-occupied duplexes available to income eligible home buyers. One duplex is being constructed by Viva Development on Hampden Street and the second duplex is being constructed by Olde Holyoke Development Corp. on Chestnut Street. Check back soon for contact information for the purchase of one of these two new homes or call OCD at 322-5610 for more information.
Equal Housing Opportunity
For information on lead paint removal/abatement loans, visit MA Get the Lead Out. The local lender for Hampden County is HAP in Springfield (413-233-1500).
Information of deleading, the MA laws, and searchable databases, visit MA Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Center
If your agency receives Community Development Block Grant funds, this page is just for you!
Monthly Monitoring Report Form
Monthly Activity Funding Update Form
Sub-Recipient Training Program
OCD staff will be contacting each agency to schedule Performance and Fiscal Monitoring. Here are the Performance Monitoring Checklist and Fiscal Monitoring Checklists for your reference. Please have all documentation ready and accessible for the monitoring visit.
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Posted on November 27, 2012 by Community Development