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Mayor Alex B. Morse Announces 2017 Community Development Block Grant Allocations Text Size

A recent event in the gardens of Wistariahurst Museum attended by over thirty community members and representatives of municipal departments and non-profit agencies, Mayor Alex B. Morse announced the 2017 Community Development Block Grant awards.

Mayor Morse presented the grant awards totaling over $1.6 million for a variety of activities intended to improve the lives of Holyoke’s residents.

Activities funded this year include:

  • $252,446. for sidewalk repairs;
  • $169,370. in Public Services to agencies providing housing, basic needs, employment skills, and educational services;
  • $200,000. for demolition of vacant, blighted buildings;
  • $134,500. for a targeted code enforcement program;
  • $50,000. for small business grants offered through the SPARK Program;
  • $427,000. for park rehabilitation at Veterans, Carlos Vega, Ely Court, McNulty, Soucy and Pulaski Parks;
  • and $100,000. to OneHolyoke CDC’s Neighborhood Improvement Program for housing rehab assistance to owner occupants.

 

Mayor Morse noted “I am proud of the partnership between these agencies and the municipal departments as they tackle our community’s greatest challenges and work to better the lives of all Holyoke residents.”

Homeownership continues to a priority for Mayor Morse. A $3000 grant was made to the Holyoke Housing Authority to provide first time homebuyer classes in conjunction with the City of Holyoke’s Buyers Assistance Program which provides downpayment assistance to first time homebuyers. Representatives from the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity were on hand to announce their recruitment of potential homeowners for a home to be built at 270 Pine Street funded with City of Holyoke HOME Investment Partnership funds.

Mayor Morse announced that the Office for Community Development would be offering a workshop for organizations (for profit and non-profit) to learn about CDBG funds, how to access grant funds to grow their agency, services or businesses, and how to develop a CDBG proposal for the upcoming FY2018 application cycle. The workshop is free and will be held on Wednesday October 4, 2017 from 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm in the City Hall Annex, 4th Floor Conference Room.

In support of the Community Preservation Act, Mayor Morse allocated $15,000. to the development of a Community Preservation Plan to guide the use of CPA funds for housing, open space and recreation and historic preservation. Mayor Morse states “Now that the City has enacted the Community Preservation Act, it is important to have thoughtful planning of the use of CPA funds to ensure maximum community benefit.”

The Community Development Block Grant Program is one of the country’s longest running entitlement grant programs offered by the United State Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Holyoke has been a recipient of CDBG funds since 1975.

For more information, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 413-322-5510 or the Office for Community Development at 413-322-5610.


Posted on August 31, 2017 by