Community Development



About Community Development 



The Community Development Department administers  the federal Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership program funds.  These are federal funds distributed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on an annual basis to eligible communities.

The CDBG program funds a wide range of community development activities directed towards neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, economic development, and the provision of improved community facilities and services.  All programs and projects must benefit low and moderate income persons.

CDBG projects include:

  • Environmental Clean-ups
  • Parks
  • Public infrastructure
  • Human Service activities including After-school programs, Job training and Elder Services

The HOME projects include:

  • Homebuyer Assistance Programs
  • Rental Projects


Why is Chicopee unique?

The City of Chicopee is rich with economic promise and possibility. It is the second largest municipality in a region with an exceptional quality of life and convenient interstate access. It is also home to the Westover Air Reserve Base and Westover Metropolitan Airport.

Chicopee is situated in the Springfield, MA - Hartford, CT metro areas which have more that 170,000 students attending 29 colleges and universities. The City is strategically located at the Crossroads of New England with easy access to national and global markets - Boston, MA (90 minutes) and New York City (140 minutes).