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***Due to transmission issues, this evening\'s (1-18-22) City Council meeting is unlikely to be broadcast on Channel 15 as it normally would be. The meeting will remain available in person, on the website live stream, and on Zoom
A recording will also be available this week, as always. We apologize for the unanticipated issue, and any inconvenience caused by it.***

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 of 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.   Interested organizations should call the City of Holyoke Office for Community Development at 413-322-5610.  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!

Status of FY2021 CDBG Allocations

The OCD staff, Citizens Advisory Committee, and former Mayor Morse have made their recommendations on the FY2021 CDBG proposals as shown on the attached spreadsheet.  Click on the link below to see the most recent version.
The FY2021 CDBG Allocations will be considered by the Holyoke City Council Development and Government Relations Committee (DGR) on April 14, 2021 and the full City Council on April 20, 2021.
By April 23, 2021, the then-acting Mayor of Holyoke will make final FY2021 CDBG Allocations which will be incorporated into the Annual Plan and submitted to HUD by May 5, 2021.
Award notices will be sent via email by the City of Holyoke Office for Community Development by May 4, 2021.

Spreadsheet 2021 OCD + CAC + Mayor First Alloc



Meeting Notices


City of Holyoke, Massachusetts

Community Development Block Grant COVID-19 (CDBG-CV)

Notice of Substantial Amendment of FY2019 Annual Plan


The City of Holyoke Office for Community Development is designated as the lead agency for the preparation and submission of the City’s Annual Action Plan for Community Development Programs, funded by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is proposing to amend its FY 2019 Annual Action Plan by reprogramming CDBG_CV funds.    The City of Holyoke expects to submit the Substantial Amendment to HUD on or before June 1, 2021.


PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:  The public comment period begins on May 5, 2021 and ends on May 14, 2021 at 4:30 pm.   The City will accept comments from the public on this proposed Substantial Amendment during this timeframe.  Comments will be accepted in writing to City of Holyoke Office for Community Development, City Hall Annex, Room 400, Holyoke MA 01040 or via email to zoellera@holyoke.org. or via telephone by calling 413-322-5610.  Due to COVID-19, City Hall is closed to public access.


PUBLIC HEARING:  The City of Holyoke Office for Community Development will conduct a joint public hearing and meeting of the Citizens Advisory Council on Wednesday May 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm via GoogleMeet at https://meet.google.com/ffn-qtov-mfu?hs=122&authuser=0


Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/ffn-qtov-mfu

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 385-374-0025 PIN: ‪609 921 615#

More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/ffn-qtov-mfu?pin=2076676923173


The purpose of the public hearing is to review proposed substantial plan amendments to the FY2019 Annual Plan by reprogramming approximately $335,800 FY2019 Community Development Block Grant- COVID (CDBG-CV) funds according to the proposed table below.  Additional information is available at www.holyoke.org or by calling (413) 322-5610 or on Facebook @HolyokeOCD.


Language translation services and accessibility services are available for all meetings upon request at least five business days prior to the meeting date to 413-322-5610.   Date of Notice: May 4, 2021

Proposed FY2019 CDBG-CV Reprogramming – May 2021

Amounts shown in (xxx) indicate grant reductions.




Requested CDBG-CVOCD CACDGRCity CouncilFinal


Board of HealthPandemic Response100,000 (91,975)    
Board of HealthMasks25,800 (25,800)    
DPWPedestrian Improv.110,000 (110,000)    
OCDSmall Busi. Grants100,000 (100,000)    

Public Services

Boys and Girls ClubCleaning Equipment 4,7754,775    
Boys and Girls ClubMeal Tray Sealer 15,00015,000    
Holyoke Chamber of CommerceFarmers Market 13,00013,000    
Providence MinistriesMargaret’s Pantry 40,00040,000    
WestMass EldercareMeals On Wheels 45,00045,000    
WomanShelterDV Shelter 10,00010,000    

Public Facilities

Girls Inc.HVAC Improvements at 480 Hampden Street 75,00075,000    
Holyoke Boys and Girls ClubBathroom Renovations at 52 Nick Cosmos Way 50,83650,836    
Holyoke Health CenterParking lot pavement at 230 Maple Street 55,0000    
Holyoke YMCAHVAC Improvements at 171 Pine Street 75,00075,000    
Valley Opportunity CouncilHVAC Improvements at 300 High Street 35,0000    
Totals 335,800418,611




Public Hearing Notice


Notice of 30-Day Comment Period

The City of Holyoke, lead city for Holyoke-Chicopee-Westfield Consortium, will conduct a virtual public hearing to review the draft of the FFY2021 Annual Plan.   The hearing will be held on Thursday April 8, 2021 at 5:30 pm.  The public is invited to attend, ask questions and provide comments on the draft plan.  Access to the public hearing is via GoogleMeets at the links below:


‪US)‪+1 646-854-6683        PIN: ‪282 659 816#

A thirty public comment period on the draft of the FFY2021 Annual Plan will be held from March 17, 2021 until April 19, 20201.  A draft of the Annual Plan is available online at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ScivnzaK-YDW2gbudAuWTq4o9VqPey0yxS8z2KrGzDU/edit?usp=sharing   or upon request by emailing zoellera@holyoke.org or calling 413-322-5610.  The FY2021 Annual Plan describes the activities to be funded in FY2021 with Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

All comments must be received by Monday April 19, 2021 by 4:00p.m. EST.  Comments may be submitted in writing by first class mail to the Office for Community Development, email to zoellera@holyoke.org, or provided verbally to an Office for Community Development employee by calling 413-322-5610.

Additional information can be obtained from the Office for Community Development, Room 400, City Hall Annex, Holyoke, MA or by calling 413-322-5610 or online at www.holyoke.org.  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, City Hall is closed to the public.


City of Holyoke in conjunction with
Holyoke-Chicopee-Westfield Consortium
CDBG/HOME Programs
Public Hearing and Meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee Notice

(Continuation of February 10, 2021 Meeting)
Wednesday February 24, 2021
5:00 p.m.

The City of Holyoke, lead city for Holyoke-Chicopee-Westfield Consortium, will conduct a public hearing to gather community input on the following topics:

(1) status of the 2020-2024 Five Year Consolidated Plan and activities;

(2) annual housing and community development needs and priorities like public services related to food access, child care, homelessness, mental health and addiction services, legal services; public facilities like parks; public infrastructure like sidewalks and sewer; and economic development; and

(3) review FY2021 CDBG Proposals and issue funding recommendations by the Citizens Advisory Committee.

Additional information can be obtained from the Office for Community Development, Room 400, City Hall Annex, Holyoke, MA or by calling 413-322-5610 or online at www.holyoke.org. Comments and testimony may be provided at the hearing, by calling and speaking with a staff member, by email to zoellera@holyoke.org or by mailing comments to the address above for receipt by March 16, 2021.

To access the meeting:
Dial-in number (US): (605) 468-8731
Access code: 746690#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/zoellera8
Online meeting ID: zoellera8
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/zoellera8

For additional assistance connecting to the meeting text 'Call Me' to the Dial-In number above and you will be called into the conference. Message and data rates may apply.

Language translation services and accessibility services are available for all meetings upon request at least five business days prior to the meeting date to 413-322-5610.

Los servicios de traducción de idiomas y los servicios de accesibilidad están disponibles para todas las reuniones que lo soliciten al menos cinco días hábiles antes de la fecha de la reunión al 413-322-5610.


Environmental Assessments

There are no Environmental Assessments available for public comment.

Notice of Intent to Request the Release of Funds (RROF)

There are no RROF for public comment.



HOME Investment Partnerships Program

HOME is authorized under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, as amended. Program regulations are at 24 CFR Part 92. HOME program regulations and standards contain property value and sale price limits, completion deadlines, rent limits, household income limits, developer capacity, and experience requirements, firm financial commitments, reasonable costs, current market demand analysis, site and neighborhood requirements, development team fiscal soundness and experience criteria as well as other requirements and stipulations. HOME also requires enforceable provisions to ensure housing affordability.   Interested parties are encouraged to review the HOME Program prior to submitting a Proposal.  Additional information about the HOME Program can be reviewed at http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/affordablehousing/programs/home/

The amount of HOME funds expected to be awarded may be up to $1,000,000, of which up to $30,000. specifically designated for direct homebuyer assistance.

Check back for funding announcements shortly.

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