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
Amanda Wandell - Finance Director
Suzanne Rundell - Grant Administrator
Mitra Pratt - Program Manager
Linda Sowers - Program Coordinator
Lawrence Bocage - Inspector
- CARES Act Program Administrator



Current Information

Public Comment Period for Draft 2022 Annual Action Plan

The City of Elmira Department of Community Development is seeking public comments on its draft 2022 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.  At this time, the City of Elmira does not know how much in federal funds it will be receiving. However, in 2021 the city received, $1,191,938.00 from HUD for its 2020-2021 CDBG Program Year and an additional sum of $40,000 in Program Income was collected for a total of $1,231,938.00 to be used for programming.  Additionally, the City received $308,969.00 in HOME Investment Partnership funds.  Therefore, a budget has been developed with a similar aware expectation.

A 30-day public comment period will be observed from May 9th – June 7th. Citizens are invited to submit written comments on the draft 2022 Annual Action Plan. Comments should be sent to the Department of Community Development, ATT:  Emma Miran, City Hall, 317 E. Church Street, Elmira, New York 14901. Written comments will be accepted until 4:00pm on Friday, June 7th, 2022.

The City of Elmira is committed to prohibiting discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, family status, or national origin.  Hearing impaired persons can reach this office through New York Relay Center at 1-800-662-1220.

2022 City of Elmira Annual Action Plan Proposed Budget

City of Elmira - Low-Mod Income Areas

If you have any questions you may contact Emma Miran at 737-5691 or send an email to

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 $10,000 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