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.
OCD recently undertook responsibility for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds provided by the United States Treasury Department in support of the COVID-19 recovery with financial assistance to businesses, non-profits, and municipal projects.
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.
Please check back periodically for Proposals for the HOME Partnerships Program funds. The general purpose of the HOME program is to expand the supply of decent and affordable housing for low and moderate income residents.
Looking for information on the FY2022 Community Development Block Grant program? Please go to the Federal Grant Programs page!
OCD Staff Availability During COVID-19:
The usual working hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; staff may be working in-office or remotely.
Staff can be reached by phone (413-322-5610) or email during working hours to answer questions or provide referrals. Due to the small staff size and frequent meetings, calls may be forwarded to voicemail during usual working hours. Messages and email will be generally returned within 24 hours.
Appointments (in person or virtual) are available by prior arrangement with Alicia (Administrator), Zaida (Finance), Jennifer (Compliance), or Kate (Special Programs) by calling or emailing the staff person. Staff may be available for early morning or evening appointments, as needed.