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Posted on: September 26, 2023

[ARCHIVED] FY22-FY23 Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds


September 26, 2023


Town of Agawam 

36 Main Street

Agawam, MA 01001


Telephone (413) 786-0400



On or about October 16, 2023, the Town of Agawam will submit a request to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended, to undertake a project known as:

Agawam Housing Rehabilitation ProgramRehabilitation of up to seven (7) housing units in the Agawam, Massachusetts. Improvements will include repair and/or replacement of basic building systems, lead and hazardous materials abatement, removal of architectural barriers, and corrections to sanitary code and building code violations. Total CDBG Funds: up to $245,000.

Agawam Aging in Place Program. The program will complete non-structural modifications to increase the health and safety of the occupants. To be eligible, owner occupants must be 65 years of age or older, meet HUD Section 8 income guidelines for low to moderate income persons, and have home safety needs that fall under review of this program. Specific improvements will include the installation of grab bars, door levers, slip resistant stair treads, dead-bolts, peep holes, smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors, or other similar work and activities. Up to eight (8) housing units will be improved. Total CDBG Funds: up to $40,000.

The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at Agawam Town Hall in the Planning Department where it can be viewed Monday through Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, and at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01104, where the record is available for review and may be examined or copied weekdays 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.


Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Pam Kerr, Environmental Certifying Officer for the Town of Agawam. All comments received by October 16, 2023 will be considered by the Town of Agawam prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.




The Town of Agawam certifies to the DHCD that Pam Kerr, in her official capacity as Environmental Certifying Officer, 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. The DHCD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Town of Agawam to use Program funds.





The DHCD will accept objections to its release of funds and the Town of Agawam’s certification for a period of fifteen 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 Town of Agawam;


(b)     The Town of Agawam 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 or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by the DHCD; 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, Sec. 55.76) and shall be addressed to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development at 100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114. Potential objectors should contact the DHCD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.


Pamela Kerr, Director of Planning and Community Development

Environmental Certifying Officer

Town of Agawam

36 Main Street

Agawam, MA 01001


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