Community Development

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

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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

Emma Miran - Director
Missie Grover - Finance Director
Suzanne Rundell - Grant Administrator
Mitra Pratt - Program Manager
Linda Sowers - Program Coordinator
Lawrence Bocage - Inspector
Sylvie Farr - CARES Act Program Administrator




Current Information

Notice of Availability of 2021-2022 CDBG and HOME Funds

The City of Elmira is seeking proposals from organizations for three grants: HOME funds (affordable housing projects); and CDBG for Public Services and Capital Improvements. The funds are for programs that promote community development, revitalize cities, reverse urban decay, promote housing rehabilitation, and stimulate economic growth in an effort to turn around distressed cities. All projects must meet at a minimum, one of the following National Statutory objectives of the CDBG/HOME Program: 1. Benefit low to moderate income persons or persons residing in a household whose income does not exceed 80% of the median family income for the area; 2. Aid in the prevention or elimination of slum and blight; 3. Meet an urgent need that poses a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community. A grant technical assistance workshop will be held on Friday, January 29, 2021 at 3:00 pm via ZOOM. Phone: 1-929-205-6099. Meeting ID: 828-0281-1550 and Passcode: 121601. Please call 607-737-5691 to register for this meeting.

The application deadline is Monday, March 1, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

2021 CDBG Capital Projects Application
2021 CDBG Public Services Grant Application
2021 CHDO/HOME Application

HUD Low and Moderate Income Map

Please follow the link to CDBG Basically Training Manual that outlines eligible and ineligible items under the different categories.

If you have any questions about this program or would like to discuss your application, you may contact Emma Miran at 737-5691 or send an email to


Restart Elmira Small Business Grant Program

The City of Elmira’s Department of Community Development is accepting grant applications from small businesses to address Covid-19; including:

  • Capital improvement or renovations to address new Covid-19 requirements;
  • supplies and materials purchased to comply with NYS government regulations;
  • medical supplies and PPE purchased to respond to Covid-19;
  • technology costs related to establishing/increasing remote and electronic sales;
  • Other capital expense related to Covid-19.

Eligible businesses are those whose gross receipts do not exceed $1M and are located in the City of Elmira.

Funding will be made available on a reimbursement basis for budgeted and fully documented expenses. Covid-19 related expenses dating back to March 27, 2020 may be eligible for reimbursement. We anticipate the average grant award to be approximately $5,000. If need can be demonstrated, a larger grant may be considered.

The application is currently available and can be accessed by going to COVID-19 Emergency Grant Small Business Application

  • Round 1 applications are due Friday, December 4, 2020
  • Round 2 applications are due Friday, February 5, 2021.

Funds come through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed on March 27, 2020, to respond to the growing effects of the Covid-19 historic public health crisis. The CARES Act made available $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds. The City of Elmira received a total award of $727,586 in the CDBG allocation and has set aside $193,350 for the Restart Elmira Small Business Grant Program. The funds will be able to utilize the Urgent Need National Objective set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Questions about CDBG funding and eligibility for this program can be directed to Sylvie E. Farr at 607-733-0810 or 





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  $41,250
2  $47,150
3  $53,050
4  $58,900
5  $63,650
6  $68,350
7  $73,050
8  $77,750

*Income Limits are set annually by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. These limits are effective April 24, 2020.

Home Repair Program Brochure

Please call 607-737-5695 for a Home Repair Program application.


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


The City of Elmira contracts with 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

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.

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