Welcome to OneHolyoke CDC fka Olde Holyoke Development
ANNOUNCING A NEW NAME AND A 21ST CENTURY VISION FOR OUR
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
“It’s ‘Out with the Olde’ at Olde Holyoke Development Corporation,” according to OneHolyoke CDC Executive Director Michael Moriarty. “Our new name reflects the changes we have made to be a Community Development Corporation that represents a 21st century catalyst for change in Holyoke.”
Founded in 1971, the newly-named OneHolyoke CDC has created over 160 new homes in the Flats, Churchill and South Holyoke neighborhoods, rehabilitated hundreds of apartments and provided thousands of home improvement grants to homeowners through the Neighborhood Improvement Program. Olde Holyoke Development Corporation was formed originally as a Model Cities Community Development Corporation serving only the Flats neighborhood and continuing the work of a discontinued federal Great Society program.
In 2014, Olde Holyoke Development Corporation became the only certified Community Development Corporation based in the City of Holyoke. “OneHolyoke is a name that reflects the unifying, flexible and responsive CDC we strive to be,” Moriarty said. “We are doing what it takes to build communities, make improvements and transform lives.”
In recent years the housing development agency has diversified its board of directors, expanded its community service outreach, and launched efforts to collaborate with many city agencies and non-profits that go beyond brick and mortar projects. Moriarty said the new name reflects the company’s evolution.
Moriarty said, “The ‘Olde’ has served its purpose and outlived its time. We have a legacy of service and success we are proud of as ‘Olde Holyoke,’ but it is not our original name. In the early ‘80s we adopted Olde Holyoke because the Flats is the oldest densely populated section of Holyoke, which was the only area of focus. Now in 2016, we have been working throughout the city for years, not only in the Flats. OneHolyoke speaks to our service to the whole City, and our hope is to be a unifying and positive voice for Holyoke.”
The mission of OneHolyoke Community Development Corporation: Every resident of Holyoke deserves to live in a dignified home in a safe attractive neighborhood; and everything OneHolyoke CDC does is intended to fulfill that need.
We are a private non-profit company dedicated to improving housing for low and moderate income residents of the city.
We are a community development housing corporation that builds new homes, improves and manages a portfolio of multi-family buildings, and in partnership with the city offers loan and grant opportunities to property owners that need to improve their properties. We have a particular focus on the value of home ownership, both for the families we serve and for the social and financial well-being of the City of Holyoke. In four decades we have built over 160 units of housing, increasing the taxable value of otherwise blighted and neglected lots. We have helped improve the homes of thousands of city residents who might not otherwise have afforded the work through our neighborhood improvement program.
We are an engaged and proactive property manager.