CDBG Disaster Recovery (DR)

Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Reflief Program(CDBG-DR)

The City of Springfield has been awarded $21.8 Million Community Development Block Grant DisasterRelief funds (CDBG-DR) that will be used for disaster related relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing and economic revitalization activities in the most impacted distressed areas of the City of Springfield resulting from multiple Presidentially Declared Disasters occurring in 2011 or 2012.

NEWS FROM THE CDBG-DR OFFICE:

City of Springfield Public Access and COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and per order of Mayor Domenic Sarno, all City of Springfield buidlings are closed to the public beginning on March 17, 2020 through April 5, 2020.  All City Departments will have modified staffing levels and will continue to provide essential services. 

To reach members of the Office of Disaster Recovery you may utilize the following contact information:

  • Tina Quagliato Sullivan, Director of Disaster Recovery / Phone: 413-750-2114 / Email: tquagliato@springfieldcityhall.com
  • Sean Pham, Senior Project Manager / Phone: 413-784-4883 / Email: spham@springfieldcityhall.com
  • Michael Goonan, Financial Analyst / Phone: 413-784-4882 / Email: mgoonan@springfieldcityhall.com

Documents and/or invoices my be emailed to email addresses above or mailed through the postal service to our office at City of Springfield, Office of Disaster Recovery, 1600 East Columbus Avenue, 2nd Floor, Springfield, MA 01103.

Thank you for your cooperation.  Please stay safe.

City Urges Homeowners to Apply for Healthy Homes Program

The City continues to urge homeowners in the Maple-High/Six Corners and Memorial Square Neighborhoods to apply for the Healthy Homes Program.  Homeowner's with questions or who believe they are eligible should contact Veronica Diaz at the City of Springfield, Office of Housing (413)787-6500 or click here to visit the Healthy Homes webpage.

Click here to view article from The Republican/Masslive detailing the program

Click here to view news segment from WWLP-22News

City Releases Funding and Seeks Developers for New Construction Projects

The City of Springfield is making up to $800,000 in CDBG-DR funds available for developers to submit proposals to construct three new single-family homes on City owned lots along the Central Street Corridor and create homeownership opportunities to low/moderate income buyers that are within 80% of Area Median Income. The City is offering the following tax foreclosed properties for sale:

  • NS Central Street (02560-0080) f/k/a 414 Central Street
    • Approximate lot square footage totaling 11,775 square feet with approximately 81.9 ft. of frontage along Central Street.
    • Minimum Bid is $1,000.00
  • 251 Central Street (02560-0189) & 257 Central Street (02560-0187)
    • The City is offering these two properties as a package for redevelopment of one single family home. The City has recorded an ANR plan at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 386, Page 101 to combine the properties into one parcel and remove the dividing lot line (ANR Plan included in the RFP).
    • Approximate lot square footage totaling 16,477 square feet with approximately 81.44 ft. of frontage along Central Street.
    • These lots are located within the Maple Hill local historic district. New construction design should take local historic district requirements into consideration and all plans will need to be reviewed and approved by the Springfield Historic Commission.
    • Minimum Bid is $1,500.00
  • NS Central Street (02560-0076) & ES Spruce Street (11060-0013)
    • The City is offering these two vacant lots as a package for redevelopment of one single family home. The City has recorded an ANR plan at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 386, Page 102 to combine the properties into one parcel and remove the dividing lot line (ANR Plan included in the RFP).
    • Approximate lot square footage totaling 7,994 square feet with approximately 50 ft. of frontage along Central Street.
    • Minimum Bid is $500.00


The City is seekin developers that will create high quality, newly constructed single family homes on each proposed site. Proposals should include home re-sale to income qualified buyers who are within 80% of Area Median Income (AMI).All new construction and expenditure of funds must be completed no later than December 31, 2020. Due to anticipated new road installation on Central Street public utilities must be installed and/or stubbed in no later than June 30, 2020.

Developers may submit proposals for development of one project or multiple projects. The City reserves the right to award preferred developer status to one and/or multiple developers.

Interested purchasers may obtain a copy of the RFP/NOFA from the Office of Procurement, City Hall, 36 Court Street, Room or by contacting Lauren Stabilo at 413-787-6290 or emailing lstabilo@springfieldcityhall.com

 

City Announces Workforce Training Program

The City of Springfield is utilizing CDBG-NDR funding to partner with MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board (MHHCWB) to co-sponsor a construction training course for unemployed individuals as part of the City’s Healthy Homes Program. The course is free of charge and will amount to 190 hours of classroom and “hands-on” shop training. The early evening training begins in September 2019 and ends in December 2019.

The primary focus of the training will be Construction skills and property maintenance, but it will introduce concepts of de-leading, mold abatement, energy efficiency, and worksite safety. Upon completion of the course, workers will be more competitive for positions on construction crews, as a carpenter’s’ helpers, or in property maintenance. Participants will also be trained as certified lead-safe workers and EPA/Mass Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting workers through the modules led by ATC Group Services of West Springfield.

Participants must reside in eligible neighborhoods within the City of Springfield, including Brightwood, Old Hill, Upper Hill, Six Corners, Memorial Square, Metro Center, South End, and portions of Liberty Heights and Forest Park. Instruction will take place at Putnam High School during the after-school hours from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Individuals who are interested may contact Lesley Hoffman at lhoffman@masshirespringfield.org  or (413) 858-2819. Masshire Springfield is located at 1 Federal Street, Building 103-3, Springfield, MA 01105.

 

Recruitment for Construction Skills Training Program Underway

Recruitment for the Regional Employment Board's CDBG-NDR funded Construction Skills Training Program is currently underway.  The session will begin at the end of February 2018. 

In order to be eligible for the training you must meet the following criteria:

  • Unemployed or Underemployed
  • High School Diploma or equivalency
  • Legally able to work in the U.S.
  • Reside within one of the eligible Springfield neighborhoods (Brightwood, Memorial Square, Metro Center, Old Hill, Six Corners, South End, Upper Hill or portions of Forest Park and Liberty Heights)
  • Assessment testing is part of the process

Interested applicants should contact (413) 858-2800.  Click here to view informational flyer.

CDBG-NDR Healthy Homes Construction Skills Training Program Launches

The Regional Employment Board has launched the Construction Skills Training program.  The program is being held at Putnam Vocation School and is in partnership with the City of Springfield, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is being funded through the National Disaster Resilience Competition. 

The training will give income qualified Springfield residents, enrolled in the training a variety of construction skills education that will allow them to obtain employment in the construction trades. 

CDBG-NDR Funded IT Job Training Program Underway

The City has partnered with Tech Foundry to provide an IT Job Training program to income qualified, Springfield residents of the Urban Watershed District.  The program partners with area employers to train students for positions in the local area.  Two full sessions have been completed and the third session is currently underway. 

Interested participants should contact Tech Foundry at nsacco@thetechfoundry.org or (413)276-0609 ext.101

Mayor Sarno Launches Strong, Healthy, and Just Climate Action and Resilience Plan: City Partners with 'ener-G-save' to Encourage Residents to Improve Energy Efficiency

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Partners for a Healthier Community, and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation announce the City’s launch of its ambitious Strong, Healthy, and Just Climate Action and Resilience Plan, and its partnership with the ‘ener-G-save’ initiative to urge homeowners to take advantage of free home energy audits, incentives and financial assistance to make their homes more energy-efficient.  The announcement will take place on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 2:15 in City Hall, Room 220.

Mayor Sarno stated, “Implementing the Strong, Healthy Just Climate Action & Resilience Plan is going to take all of us working together. All of our city departments will be involved and there will be ways to contribute to the effort across the sectors of our community, as well as residents.  We can do this if we do it together. This is not only good for our environment, but also to the City’s and homeowners’ bottom line too.”

Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s disaster resilience grant to the City, the recently-completed Climate Action and Resilience Plan provides the blueprint for the City of Springfield to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 and to enhance the City’s overall resilience.  City government has already substantially reduced municipal energy use; has been certified in the first round of Massachusetts Green Communities; and has advanced policy like the Complete Streets Resolution, which prioritizes safe walking and biking. The City will use the Plan’s guidance to take its next steps toward further resilience.

Meeting the ambitious goal of an 80% reduction will require government, business and residents to work together. During the launch, we are pointing out that residential buildings make up just under a third of Springfield’s overall greenhouse gas emissions--384,105 metric tons of CO2e—so homeowners have an important role in learning about and addressing energy efficiency in their homes.

Springfield is excited to have ‘ener-G-save’ as an implementation partner to help with the issue of home energy efficiency. Springfield is one of ten cities and towns chosen to participate in this project supported by Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation Energy LLC. This past winter, thermal images were taken of over 6,500 single family homes in Springfield, and these images are being mailed to homeowners this week to indicate places in the home where heat is leaking out of walls and roofs, and where money and energy are being wasted. Be sure to watch your mail for a white window envelope from ‘ener-G-save’ in the next week or so to see if YOU will receive the image.

Whether or not you get one of these reports, you can be an early adopter in your home. The Mayor's Office urges all homeowners to call the hotline (413)-279-9141 or sign up at the web link here: www.ener-g-save.com/form  and line up a free energy audit that will help you learn how to make your home healthier and more comfortable, all while saving money and energy. Whatever your income, you will be directed to services that will help you learn what financial assistance is available to you, what can be done for free, and who can help you do the work. One contact with ‘ener-G-save’ and you'll be on your way to helping the Climate Action and Resilience Plan get off to a running start by increasing our energy efficiency as a City.

Springfield will be tracking our progress toward meeting our goals on a new website: www.ResilientSpringfield.org, where you can see details about the actions City departments are implementing and what steps you can take as residents and business owners.

Click here to view the Climate Action and Resilience Plan.

City Launches CDBG-NDR Funded Healthy Homes Program

The City of Springfield has launched a new Healthy Homes Program (HHP) funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with National Disaster Resilience Competition funds (CDBG-NDR).

The program makes federal housing rehabilitation funds available to owners of 1-4 unit residential properties in the Memorial Square and Six Corners neighborhoods.  The program is available for both owner-occupied and rental units. HHP provides funds for home rehabilitation, abatement of lead, removal of asthma triggers, and improvement of energy efficiency.  It is an integrated, whole-house approach that produces sustainable, green, healthy and safe homes.

For additional information visit the website or contact the Office of Housing at (413)787-6500.

City Releases DRAFT Climate Action and Resilience Plan for Public Comment

HUD has provided CDBG-NDR funding to allow for the City of Springfield and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to partner on the creation of a Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP) in order to make Springfield more resilient in the face of more frequent and severe weather events. This document is being posted for public review through June 29, 2017. Comments regarding the Climate Action and Resilience Plan may be submitted to cratte@pvpc.org through June 29, 2017. To view the document, please click here.

Construction Continues to Progress on Baystate Medical Center Co-Generation Plant

The City has a goal to reduce its' overall energy use and carbon footprint over the next four years.  The City realizes that reaching this goal is only by possible by encouraging institutional resilience in its' businesses and especially in large anchor institutions like Baystate.  As a result of this, the City of Springfield, Baystate Medical Center, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and HUD have teamed up to fund the construction of a Combined Heating and Power Co-generation (CHP) facility on the Baystate Medical Center Campus.

The installation of the CHP Plant will allow Baystate Medical Center to operate for a minimum of thirty (30) days uninterrupted during a utility crisis.  The new CHP plant will produce 80% of Baystate Health's annual energy consumption.  The CHP Plant will produce 68% of the electricity and 97% of the steam utilized at Baystate.  The project will reduce annual utility costs by a minimum of $1.45 million dollars and will provide an annual reduction of greenhouse gasses by 13,513 tons.

Construction of the CHP is underway and progress is being made steadily.  The City and Baystate anticipate having the CHP fully commissioned by early 2018.

 

City and PVPC Host Climate Change and Resilience Stakeholder Workshop

On May 12, 2017, the City and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission hosted a stakeholder engagement workshop at the La Quinta Hotel in downtown Springfield.  This workshop was one of several sessions held as part of the development of the Climate Action & Resilience Plan.

The workshop included representatives of various City Departments including Housing, DPW, Disaster Recovery, Planning, Economic Development, Health and Human Services, Parks and Facilities Management. The workshop was also attended by representatives of the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, Eversource, DevelopSpringfield, Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, Regreen Springfield, Partners for a Healthier Community and PVTA.

City Releases Substantial Amendment #3 to Partial Action Plan A

Below is a link to review Substantial Amendment #3 to the City's CDBG-DR Partial Action Plan A.

Click here to view Partial Action Plan A - Substantial Amendment #3

If you would like more information on the Action Plan A - Substantial Amendment #3 please contact Julisa Davila-Ramos by calling 413-886-5197 or by email at jdavila-ramos@springfieldcityhall.com.

Para informacion adicional sobre el Plan de Acción Parcial A – Enmienda Sustancial favor de ponserse en contacto con Julisa Davila-Ramos al 413-886-5197 o por correco electronico al jdavila-ramos@springfieldcityhall.com.

Public Climate Action and Resilience Meetings Held

The City has partnered with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to create the Springfield Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP).  As part of the public input process the City and PVPC held multiple public sessions throughout the City to solicit public input and feedback for the plan.

You can view photos from the Mason Square Session.

For more information regarding the Climate Action and Resilience Plan or on the public sessions you may contact Catherine Ratte at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission at 413-285-1174 or email cratte@pvpc.org.

Springfield Climate Action and Resilience Plan Public Meetings Scheduled

The City of Springfield, in partnership with Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Arise Springfield and Partners for a Healthier Community, have announced a schedule of public meetings regarding the Springfield Climate Action and Resilience Plan. Please click here to view the flier. To view the flier in Spanish please click here.

Combined Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Request Releases of Funds

Below is link to review the Combined Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Request Releases of Funds.

Click here to review the notice.

City Releases Substantial Amendment #2 to Partial Action Plan A.

Below is a link to review Substantial Amendment #2 to the City's CDBG-DR Partial Action Plan A.

Click here to view Partial Action Plan A - Substantial Amendment #2

 

Please contact the Office of Disaster Recovery and Compliance at 413-750-2114 or TTY 787-6641 for additional information.

Officials Tour Springfield on Anniversary of Tornado

Congressman Neal and HUD officials joined Mayor Sarno and City officials on a tour of the tornado damaged areas on the fourth anniversary of the June 1, 2011 tornado.

Click here to view the article from The Republican/Masslive

Combined - Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Request for Release of Funds

On or about September, 1 2014 the City of Springfield will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR) with Federal assistance under the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-2, approved January 29, 2013) funding, for the following projects:

 

PROJECT #1: Magazine Commons

PROJECT SUMMARY: Federal funds will be used for predevelopment and/or gap funding to developers of replacement multifamily affordable housing.  Magazine Commons will replace the Mental Health Association?s former Union Street apartments with a newly developed complex on Magazine Street as a result of damages incurred from the June 1, 2011 tornado.   

ESTIMATED COST: $4,996,016.00

 

 

All projects will take place in the City of Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.

CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION DETERMINATION

There was no determination of Categorical Exclusion and therefore an Environmental Assessment (EA) has been completed. 

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The City of Springfield has determined that the Magazine Commons Project will have No Significant Impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1996 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the Office of Disaster Recovery and Compliance located at the address above and may be examined or copied weekdays from 8:15AM to 4:30PM.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Office of Planning & Economic Development at 70 Tapley Street, Springfield, MA 01104. The City of Springfield will consider all comments received on or before August 31, 2014 prior to authorizing submission of requests for release of funds.

RELEASE OF FUNDS

The City of Springfield certifies to HUD that Domenic J. Sarno, in his capacity as Mayor, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD's approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the activities listed above to use Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Springfield?s certification for a period of fifteen (15) days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases:

 

  • (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
  • (b)   the RE has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58;
  • (c)    the grant recipient has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD/State; or
  • (d)  another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality.

 

Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to U.S. Department of HUD, Office  of Community Planning and Development, Thomas P. O?Neil Jr. Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street, Boston MA 02222. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

 

CDBG Disaster Recovery (DR)

The City of Springfield has been awarded $21.8 Million Community Development Block Grant DisasterRelief funds (CDBG-DR) that will be used for disaster related relief, long-term  recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing and economic revitalization activities in the most impacted distressed areas of the City of Springfield resulting from multiple Presidentially Declared Disasters occurring in 2011 or 2012. 

The City will hold three community planning meetings to obtain input from residents about the needs and priorities of the most impacted distressed areas and see how these funds should be allocated for disaster related relief resulting from multiple Presidentially Declared Disasters of 2011 and 2012.

Meetings were held on Wednesday, July 10th and Wednesday, July 17th at the JC Williams Community Center located at 116 Florence Street; Thursday, July 11th at the Italian Cultural Center located at 56 Margaret Street. All meetings were open to the public and addressed the following three major initiatives:

Infrastructure - roads, sidewalks, public buildings, schools and parks (Wednesday, July 10th)

Economic Revitalization - job training and small business assistance (Thursday, July 11th)

Housing and Revitalization of Neighborhoods - (Wednesday, July 17th)

For additional information or need further assistance please contact the Office of Community Development (OCD) at 413-750-2241. If you were unable to attend and would like to submit a comment, please use the form below.

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