Affordable Housing Services
Holyoke Community Preservation PlanCity of Holyoke, MA
The City of Holyoke’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC) retained COG to prepare its inaugural Community Preservation Plan and Application Process. In addition to evaluating community needs and drafting goals and evaluation criteria, COG provided guidance to help Holyoke’s CPC develop communication practices and coordinate with City staff to ensure that they were prepared to lead a well-organized and transparent program. Through the stakeholder and public engagement, COG identified a remarkably diverse range of resources and potential candidates for CPA funding in all of the program areas, and helped to educate community members about CPA while obtaining input to define goals and priorities for the Committee to utilize in evaluating proposals. Outreach included contact with organizations that support Latino community-members, as well as Spanish translation of materials and public forum.