Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA)

The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA) works to improve the economic, social, and physical characteristics of the low-to-moderate-income neighborhoods in the City and is responsible for the following activities:
  • administration of the City's HUD Entitlement Grant
  • issuance of loans for affordable housing and business job-creation
  • sale of land for public/private-partnership urban renewal projects
  • management of Cherry Street Industrial Park
  • development of grant applications

2018 HUD Entitlement Action Plan Process

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)

The City of Ithaca and Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA) call-for-proposals deadline has now passed, for projects to be included in the City’s draft 2018 Annual Action Plan. Approximately $850,000 in combined CDBG and HOME funding is expected to be available. Community groups, businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals are invited to submit proposals for projects to be funded through these programs.

All 2018 applications that were received and other information are accessible via the links below.

2018 IURA HUD Entitlement Grant Public Hearing Speaker Schedule

IURA Application Process: Guide to Presenting to IURA Board

2018 IURA Funding Applications

  1. Homeowner Rehab (Love Knows No Bounds) Application & Attachments
  2. Chartwell House (TCAction) Application & Attachments
  3. Endeavor House (OAR ) Application & Attachments
  4. 402 S. Cayuga St. (INHS) Application & Attachments
  5. Housing Scholarships (Learning Web) Application & Attachments
  6. Security Deposits (Catholic Charities) Application & Attachments
  7. Scattered Site Phase 2 (INHS) Application & Attachments
  8. Ramp Loan Program (FLIC) Application & Attachments
  9. Mini-Repair Program (INHS) Application & Attachments
  10. Hospitality Employment Training Program (GIAC) Application & Attachments
  11. Ithaca ReUse Center Expansion (Finger Lakes ReUse) Application & Attachments
  12. Volunteer Worker & Job Skills Training (Finger Lakes ReUse) Application & Attachments
  13. Re-Entry Hub (OAR) Application & Attachments
  14. Work Preserve Job Placements (Historic Ithaca) Application & Attachments
  15. Food Entrepreneurship Program (Cornell Coop. Ext.) Application & Attachments
  16. Targeted Urban Bus Stop Upgrades (TCAT ) Application & Attachments
  17. Final Heating & Roofing (DICC) Application & Attachments
  18. Shelter Renovation (Advocacy Center) Application & Attachments
  19. S. Aurora St. Sidewalk Project (City of Ithaca) Application & Attachments
  20. Immigrant Services Program (Catholic Charities) Application & Attachments
  21. Supportive Housing (Catholic Charities) Application & Attachments
  22. Work Preserve Job Readiness (Historic Ithaca) Application & Attachments
  23. 2-1-1 Program (Human Services Coalition) Application & Attachments
  24. Pathway of Hope (Salvation Army) Application & Attachments
  25. Housing for School Success - Year 3 (ICSD) Application & Attachments
  26. Youth Organizing Fellowship (Multicultural Resource Ctr.) Application & Attachments
  27. Housing Case Manager (OAR) Application & Attachments
  28. Leadership Employment & Development Skills (Women's Opportunity Center) Application & Attachments
  29. 2018 IURA Funding Applications (29.4 MB)
  30. 2018 IURA Funding Applications (417 MB)
  31. 2018 IURA Funding Applications Chart

2018 Action Plan Schedule

Click on the link above for a list of all the meetings (including applicant presentations to the IURA Board) associated with the 2018 Action Plan process.

Green Street Garage Redevelopment Proposal

The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA) received a proposal (accessible via the link pasted further below, along with the original Request for Proposals) to redevelop the Green Street Parking Garage site for a project that increases housing choices and retains sufficient parking to meet current parking utilization, as well as additional parking demand created by the project. Other preferred uses include ground-level active uses on Green Street and a conference center. The IURA is authorized to negotiate the property sales price and the development program, subject to final City of Ithaca Common Council approval. The IURA seeks fair market value for the property, but expects deductions in consideration of community benefits provided by the project (e.g., below-market housing; reconstruction of public parking at developer’s expense). The proposal includes a development program, project concept, project budget, preliminary design, financing plan, and financial pro forma.

Green Street Garage: McKinley Development Proposal (3/1/18)

Green St. Garage Redevelopment: IURA RFP

Assessment of Fair Housing

The Assessment of Fair Housing is available for review via the link below:

You can also view the Assessment of Fair Housing Goal Summary Table via the following link:

Please contact the following person with any questions:

Anisa Mendizabal
Community Development Planner


The AFH is an updated approach to looking at the fair housing landscape in order to set locally determined fair housing priorities and goals (e.g., are Ithaca residents able to achieve their housing goals; have Ithaca residents ever been treated unfairly in regard to housing; what could improve Ithaca residents' housing situations).


The City of Ithaca is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to annually report on its progress in implementing its Consolidated Plan.  The report, known as the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), was submitted to HUD on October 30, 2017. The final version of the report can be accessed via the link below:

Please call (607) 274-6565 or e-mail, if you have any questions.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Data & Mapping Tool

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule requires cities and towns receiving HUD funding to examine their housing patterns for evidence of housing discrimination. To facilitate this process, HUD created the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Data and Mapping Tool (AFFHT), a publicly accessible interactive web site for conducting the fair housing analyses required by AFFH. AFFHT is a public-facing application, so there are no user registration or access requirements. All users have the same basic permission to use the site. You can access the AFFHT by clicking on the following link:

Once you land on the AFFHT web site, you’ll see an introductory pop-up window, where you'll be asked to select the state and jurisdiction you’re looking for, and whether you want to view just that specific jurisdiction’s map, or a map of the entire region. You will then be taken to a subsequent screen where you'll be asked to select a type of map (e.g., "Race/Ethnicity," "Housing Choice Vouchers & Race/Ethnicity," "Demographics & Job Proximity, "Demographics & Environmental Health"). Once you find the type of map you're looking for, click on the "Go to Map" button located at the bottom-right of the application wizard. Depending on the type of map you select, you may then be asked to choose a specific data set for the map (e.g., "Race/Ethnicity Trends, 1990" or "Race/Ethnicity Trends, 2000"). For more detailed information about each map, including illustrated instructions on how to use the mapping tool, please refer to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) User Guide at the following link:

You can also click on the following link to go to a page containing tools, guidance, training, data/mapping, and other resources related to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule:
Mission Statement
The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency secures and manages resources to improve the social, physical and economic characteristics of the City of Ithaca by expanding access to quality affordable housing, strengthening neighborhoods and the local economy, and supporting other community development activities.