The office of Community Development manages a federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), originating from the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office, but allocated to West Springfield from the MA Office of Housing and Community Development.
CDBG monies are intended for use to "develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living and environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons," under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.
Most of our programs happen in the Southeast Target Area (STA), an area census-qualified as low- to moderate-income, but many of these activities help the community at large.
Merrick Neighborhood Master Plan
To create a master plan for the neighborhood which will assess the current strengths and weaknesses in the area, gather public input, and make recommendations as to how the Town can achieve the goals that are identified.
Garden Street Sewer Improvement Project
To maintain and replace aging infrastructure within the Southeast Target Area.
First Congregational Church Purchase
To preserve and best utilize the historic property located on Park Street, adjacent to the Town Common and Coburn School.
The Housing Rehabilitation Program provides eligible homeowners with loans, and sometimes grants, in order to address code violations and improve living conditions for low-and moderate-income households
Please see the Housing Rehabilitation-specific page on the left sidebar, or by clicking through here.
Sanitary Code Enforcement
The Office of Community Development provides funding for a Sanitary Code Inspector who works under the West Springfield Health Department to investigate complaints in the Southeast Target Area regarding interior and exterior problems with housing conditions and other related local regulations. Ensuring that housing units meet basic sanitary code guidelines will help to improve the area and prevent decline.
Public Infrastructure and Facilities
The Office of Community Development works closely with the Town Department of Public Works to replace deteriorated sidewalks in the Southeast Target Area. Many tornado-damaged trees have also been replaced in the area with CDBG funds. Over the years, the Office of Community Development has also undertaken a variety of other projects, including:
- Rehab of parks and playgrounds in the Merrick, Center and Memorial neighborhoods
- Construction of the Alice Corson Water Park
- Separation of sewer and drain lines
- Construction of “pocket” residential parking lots
- Renovations at the Head Start school
- Purchase of the Open Pantry building
- Handicapped accessibility improvements at the Municipal Office Building
- Replacement of doors at the Senior Center
The Office of Community Development helps to fund several public service programs administered by other groups. These programs include:
- Intermediate and Advanced Level ESOL classes run by the West Springfield Public Library
- Family Self Sufficiency Counseling offered by the Center for Human Development
- First Time Homebuyer Education Classes run by Way Finders.
- Summer Camp Scholarships at the Boys & Girls Club of West Springfield
- Head Start Program
The West Springfield Office of Community Development also works on a variety of other projects, including planning studies and the development of the West Springfield Trade Center, among others.
If you are interested in applying for any of our programs or would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.