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, 2018, through June 30, 2019, 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. The FY2019 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, 2019, for activities beginning on July 1, 2019.
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 2018 ConPlan 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? Public Meetings.
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 2015-2019 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. Due to the size please contact our office to view.
How is the 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.
Due to the size of the full CAPER if you would like to view it, please contact our office.
HOME Investment Partnerships Program
HOME funds are allocated via a separate Request for Proposals procurement process. Please call our office for more information.
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. The 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.