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 OneHolyoke CDC provides up to $10,000 in grants for home improvement of one-to-four unit, owner-occupied properties. Program eligibility is based on 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, aging in place modifications 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 OneHolyoke CDC at 533-7101 for additional information.
Is assistance available to RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS for improvements?
Yes! The Rental Neighborhood Improvement Program (RNIP) administered by OneHolyoke CDC 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, OHCDC, 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 the 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 OneHolyokeCDC at 533-7101 for additional information.
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.
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 Community Development Public Services 2019 for additional information about available services funded through our office. For additional services, we are happy to provide you with the 2018 Community Resource Guide.
I have a complaint about my apartment, housing conditions, or problem in my neighborhood. Where can I call?
The City of Holyoke Office for Community Development funds two Code Enforcement Officers dedicated to improving the housing, building, and living conditions of residents in the CDBG-eligible Census Tracts. To file a complaint or request assistance, please call the Board of Health at 413-322-5595 or the Building Department at 413-322-5600 for assistance.
Is assistance available to small business owners or people looking to open a business?
YES! The City of Holyoke Office for Community Development provides funding for small business development. Grants of up to $10,000. for business development are available to SPARK graduates who are residents of Holyoke or opening their business in Holyoke. For additional information please contact our office. 413-322-5610