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National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC)

On January 22, 2016 after a year long competition where the City was one of 67 eligible applicants. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the City of Springfield $17 million in CDBG-NDR funds as a result of the National Disaster Resilience Competition.  The City will use these funds to carry-out projects in the areas of 1) Clean and Redundant Energy 2) Community Engagement 3) Healthy Homes 4) Business and Job Opportunities

The City of Springfield's Phase I and Phase II Applications can be viewed on this page.  All updates regarding this funding will also be posted on this page.

 

UPDATES REGARDING THE NATIONAL DISASTER RESILIENCE COMPETITION

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 provide income qualified, Springfield residents 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 (CARP).

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 Releases CDBG-NDR Expenditure Projections and Outcomes

The City released its projected expenditures and outcomes for the CDBG-NDR Grant.

Click here to view the template.

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.

Public Climate Action and Resilience Meetings

 

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.

HUD Amends Grant Terms and Conditions

HUD recently amended the CDBG-NDR Grant Terms and Conditions to allow for grantees to reimburse certain limited pre-award costs incurred prior to the start date of the period of performance but after September 17, 2014. To view the amendment, please click here.

ATTENTION: Housing Rehabilitation Contractors

The City of Springfield is launching a Housing Rehabilitation and Healthy Homes program as part of its federally funded CDBG-NDR grant.

Housing Rehabilitation contractors are invited to attend an information and feedback meeting on Thursday January 19, 2017 from 7:30 to 8:30 AM at Putnam Vocational High School, 1300 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109.

Click here to view the flyer for this meeting.

HUD Awards $17 Million in Resilience Funding to the City

Public Officials Announcing HUD funding

On January 22, 2016 HUD announced that the City of Springfield was one of thirteen winners of the National Disaster Resilience Competition.  HUD will be awarding $17 million in resilience funding to the City of Springfield.  Funding will be in the following project categories:

  • Clean and Redundant Energy
  • Safe & Healthy Rental Homes
  • Business and Jobs Opportunity
  • Community Engagement

HUD Acting Regional Administrator Kristine Foye presented the grant along with Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Congressman Richard Neal, and local and city officials.  This funding will leverage millions of dollars in city, state, federal and private funding. 

Click here to read Mayor Sarno's press release. 

Click here to read article from The Republican/Masslive

 

 

Second Addendum to RFP for NDRC Partnerships

The City has added a second addendum to the RFP for NDRC Partnerships.  Click here to view the second addendum

To obtain a copy of the RFP email tquagliato@springfieldcityhall.com.

RFP Responses are due no later than October 5, 2015 at 2PM to the Office of Housing, 1600 East Columbus Avenue, Springfield, MA.

First Addendum to NDRC Partnership RFP

The City has added Addendum #1 to the RFP for NDRC Partners.  Click here to view the addendum.

To obtain a copy of the RFP you can email tquagliato@springfieldcityhall.com

All responses are due by October 5, 2015 at 2PM to the Office of Housing, 1600 East Columbus Avenue, Springfield, MA.

 

 

City seeks Partnerships for NDRC Phase II Application

The City has released a Request for Proposals for partners to provide services for the following activities to be included in the City's NDRC Phase II application:

  • Tree Planting Advisory & Coordination Program
  • New Business Incubator and Technical Assistance Program
  • Workforce Development
  • Energy Reduction Program for Anchor Institutions
  • Recreation Amenity on Watershops Pond
  • Recreation Amenity for Riverwalk Bike Path

Responses are due no later than 2PM on October 5, 2015 to the Office of Housing, 1600 East Columbus Avenue, Springfield, MA.

To obtain a copy of the RFP you should email tquagliato@springfieldcityhall.com.

City and PVPC Hold Public Meeting for NDRC Phase II Application

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and the City of Springfield will be holding a public meeting for input on the NDRC Phase II Application. This meeting will take place on September 15, 2015 at 5PM. The meeting is being held at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress Street, Springfield, MA. 

Questions regarding the meeting may be directed to Catherine Ratte at (413)781-6045 or cratte@pvpc.org

 

 

City and PVPC Schedule Public Resiliency Meeting

The City of Springfield and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission have partnered together to apply for the HUD National Resiliency Disaster Competition that has the possibility of bringing grant funds in an amount ranging from $500,000 to $500 Million to the City of Springfield.

As part of this partnership and grant application the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is holding a city-wide, public meeting on:

Thursday, February 5, 2015

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

60 Congress Street, 2nd Floor Meeting Room

(Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Offices)

The City is working to develop a resiliency plan to be submitted to HUD as part of the competition and the public is invited to attend this meeting to give their input on ways the City of Springfield can be more resilient in the event of future disasters. This will include how to make neighborhoods, schools, public infrastructure, housing and businesses more resilient to future disasters.

Questions regarding this meeting can be directed to Catherine Ratte at PVPC (413)781-6045.

Click here to read The Republican/Masslive article.

City Notified of Elibility for Additional Disaster Recovery Grant Funds

The City of Springfield has been notified by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of its eligibility to apply for additional disaster recovery funding to address unmet needs and to address resiliency issues from the City's six federally declared disasters between 2011-2013 as part of its $1 billion dollar program.

The National Disaster Resiliency Competition (NDRC) funding package, developed by HUD and the Rockefeller Foundation, identified 67 potential applicants throughout the country who were impacted by federally declared disasters in 2011-2013. The eligible applicants include all 50 states, eight counties/parishes and nine municipalities, including Springfield.

The program initiated by HUD, is a two phased competition, that includes a significant public participation process, which the City intends on scheduling beginning in January 2015, including 4-5 public meetings throughout the City to present the program to residents, and to begin to develop lists of potential projects that could be submitted to HUD as part of the City's application package.

Click here to read Mayor Sarno's Press Release

Click here to read more about the NDRC on HUDs website








Quick Links

National Disaster Resilience Competition:

NDRC Phase II Application

NDRC Phase I Application

Quarterly Reports:

1/1/17 - 3/31/17

4/1/17 - 6/30/17

 

 



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