Community Development

The Office of Community Development seeks to develop strong, sustainable communities by promoting an integrated approach designed to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities for low and moderate income citizens. This is done through the development of partnerships with City and State government and the private sector, which would include non-profit as well as for-profit organizations.

The Community Development Block Grant program provides funding and technical support for projects that achieve the City's development objectives, while principally benefiting low and moderate income persons.

Funding for the CDBG program is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the guidelines of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended. Eligible activities must meet one of the following CDBG program national objectives: benefiting low-moderate income persons, eliminating slum and blighting influences or addressing an urgent community need.

Over the past 34 years, the Office of Community Development has secured, administered, and managed over $100,000,000.00 in federal and state funds that have improved the City of Chicopee's neighborhoods, parks, housing stock, public infrastructure, and industrial parks as well as funding scores of social service activities from meeting child and elder needs to job training and family counseling.

Over the next several months, the Office of Community Development will build out this web page to include current activities and longer range plans that will impact future municipal development and the quality of life in the city of Chicopee.