Welcome to Community Development

Office Information

City Hall Third Floor
317 E. Church Street
Elmira, New York 14901
Regular Office Hours
M-F: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Except Holidays - Handicap Accessible
Tel: (607)737-5691
Fax: (607)737-5696 

The Department of Community Development administers the federal Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Grant for the City of Elmira. An annual entitlement of Community Development Block Grant and HOME funds are received to promote development in City neighborhoods, which include programs that address housing, economic and human service needs of low and moderate income residents and neighborhoods.

The City of Elmira envisions a Community Development Program that provides residents with a high quality of life in neighborhoods which are safe, clean and friendly. The focus of the Department is on providing a healthy supply of affordable, accessible and decent housing for low and moderate income homeowners and renters. The City's vision also includes investing in community and economic development projects that will revitalize and enhance our local commercial and industrial economy. The Department works with many agencies and operates several programs to accomplish this goal.

The City of Elmira's Community Development Office is committed to prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or familial status under the Federal Fair Housing Act. In addition to the classifications covered under federal law, the City recognizes the following protected classes which are also covered under New York State Human Rights Law: age, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or conviction record, or predisposing genetic characteristics.Hearing impaired persons can reach this office through the New York Relay Center at 1-800-662-1220.

Community Development Staff Directory

Jennifer Miller - Director
Richard Shook - Finance Director
Suzanne Rundell- Grant Administrator
John McCracken- Inspector
Linda Sowers - Administrative Assistant

Current Information

Public Comment Period for Draft 2018 Annual Action Plan

The City of Elmira Department of Community Development is seeking public comments on its draft 2018 Annual Action Plan for the use of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program funds it receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The City of Elmira has been notified that it will be receiving $1,184,538 from HUD for its 2018-2019 CDBG Program Year and an additional sum of $82,000 in Program collected or anticipated to be collected for a total of $1,266,538 to be used for programming.  Additionally, the City has been notified that it can expect to receive $396,153 in HOME Investment Partnership funds.  

The City of Elmira will be observing a 30-day public comment period.  Citizens are invited to submit written comments on the draft 2018 Annual Action Plan. Comments should be sent to the Department of Community Development, ATT:  Jennifer Miller, City Hall, 317 E. Church Street, Elmira, New York 14901. Written comments will be accepted until 4:00pm on Friday, June 8, 2018.

2018 City of Elmira Annual Action Plan- Draft
Low and Moderate Income Map

City of Elmira 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan

Low-Moderate Income Map

2017 Annual Action Plan

2016 Annual Action Plan Amended

2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and 2015 Annual Action Plan

Owner-Occupied Housing Grant/Loan Programs

Subject to funding availability, the City of Elmira offers low to moderate income individuals or families grants and loans to make home improvements. Funding for the City's housing programs is provided through the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs and through New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The City of Elmira is particularly interested in making homes lead safe and energy efficient. For more information about these programs and to make an appointment, please call the Department of Community Development at (607) 737-5695.

Family Size  Income Limit
1  $39,800
2  $45,450
3  $51,150
4  $56,800
5  $61,350
6  $65,900
7  $70,450
8  $75,000

*Income Limits are set annually by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. These limits are effective June 1, 2018.

Home Repair Program Brochure

Home Repair Program Application

Outreach to Minority and Women- Owned Businesses

The City of Elmira encourages the use of minority and women owned businesses (MWBEs). The Department of Community Development is always looking to add certified and insured MWBEs to our list of contractors which is provided to homeowners who participate in our housing rehabilitation programs.

For more information on how to obtain certification as a MWBE, please visit the New York State Division of Minority & Women Owned Business Development website at http://www.nylovesbiz.com/MWBE.html.

First Time Homebuyer Program

This program is designed to assist income eligible, low to moderate income individuals or families with down payment and closing cost assistance in purchasing their first home in the City of Elmira by offering a grant in the amount of $8,000 that is forgiven after five years.  The City of Elmira contracts with Catholic Charities to administer this program.  For more information contact Catholic Charities at (607)734-9784 x2132.
Link to Catholic Charities

Economic Development

The City of Elmira contracts will Southern Tier Economic Growth (STEG) to administer a Commercial Loan Program and to concentrate on business recruitment and retention.  New or expanding businesses are encouraged to call STEG at (607) 733-6513.
STEG Website

Elmira Downtown is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is the administration of the city's 52-block Business Improvement District (BID). EDD's main objectives are to provide the downtown business area with the resources to develop strong marketing campaigns, increase public awareness of downtown Elmira through special events, and beautification projects in partnership with the City of Elmira and the downtown community.
EDD Website

Public Service Programs

Community Development Block Grant funds help support the operations of public service activities such as youth programs, public safety, programs for senior citizens, homeless persons, and fair housing initiatives to name a few. Every January, the City of Elmira seeks CDBG funding applications from non-profit organizations.

Community Development Links & Resources

HUD Website
EPA Website about lead
NYSERDA Home Energy Programs
Chemung County Health Department
EPA Website about Energy Efficiency

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