MAYVILLE - As recommended in the County Comprehensive Plan, the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development is announcing the availability of housing and neighborhood revitalization funding to undertake innovative housing-related programs.
This flexible and efficient program is intended to increase investment in the county's housing stock, target investment based on the strategic priorities of each community and create a partnership with the private sector leading to additional opportunities for revitalization.
The purpose of the program is multi-faceted and includes: creating vibrant communities; enhancing economic development; enhancing the tourism industry; increasing the percentage of owner-occupied homes; creating economic diversity in communities and neighborhoods; creating vibrant downtowns, town and village centers; decreasing urban sprawl; and improving the quality of life in the county.
The program will provide a 25 percent match in the form of a grant, not to exceed $10,000 per project. Applicants must demonstrate: they have a well-conceived plan supporting the purpose and eligibility requirements of the program; that the program is innovative; and it will have demonstrated tangible results.
A broad range of programs are eligible for funding, including: hands-on training and higher education programs that provide instruction in housing rehabilitation and real estate investment that are financially self-sustaining; property management initiatives geared towards identifying and strategically removing existing, derelict properties to right-size the housing stock and improve neighborhood conditions; programs that aim at right-sizing the housing stock and returning high-demand properties to the tax roll; housing development initiatives for retirees that are linked to the "World's Learning Center" branding initiative; development, promotion and implementation of housing-related urban revitalization initiatives, such as Jamestown's Urban Design Plan and Neighborhood Revitalization Plan and their associated recommendations; design and energy efficiency education programs, especially as they relate to available financing mechanisms; and code enforcement compliance initiatives aimed at educating Code Enforcement Officers and the Local Judicial System.
The deadline for submission is Feb. 15. For application guidelines and additional information, contact: Mark Geise, Deputy Director of Planning and Economic Development, Chautauqua County, 200 Harrison St., Jamestown, N.Y. 14701, at 661-8912, 581-5211 or visit www.planningchautauqua.com.