Housing Programs

Near Westside Neighborhood Association, Inc.
Current Programs

* Near Westside Home Improvement Program: Funded by New York State Affordable Housing Corporation, and New York State HOME Program, these programs provide a portion of the cost for rehabilitation of owner occupied homes within the City of Elmira.  Based on the amount of funding, a lien is filed against the property for the monitoring period of either 2 or 5 years.  The homeowner is required to reside in the assisted property for the duration of the monitoring period.  This program is available to low to moderate-income homeowners (as established by HUD) throughout the City of Elmira.  Click the following link for an application HIP Application

*One House at a Time: This program allows Near Westside to purchase a significantly deteriorated house and, spending tens of thousands of dollars on renovations, breathe life back into it.  Once renovations are completed, Near Westside then sells the home to a homebuyer (low to moderate-income as established by HUD) who could not otherwise afford to purchase the home and complete the substantial renovations themselves.  The homebuyer is required to obtain their own mortgage financing, and if applicable, can participate in the First Time Home Buyer program, administered by Catholic Charities, for down payment and closing cost assistance.  A lien is placed on the property for the monitoring period of 10 years, during which the homebuyer must continually reside in the home.
          The pictures below show a One House at a Time project ~ before and after!


*One Block at a Time: This program is similar to the One House at a Time program, but with an expanded focus.  The program is designed to bring whole blocks of the City into an environment that is safe, healthy, and a positive part of the surrounding neighborhoods.  Near Westside, utilizing GIS and other survey information, selects one target block, and grants funds for facade improvements, with a maximum match amount of $500 for each property.  All work must meet City Code and Historic Preservation Commission guidelines, as the target area is the Near Westside Historic District.  Because funds for this program are raised through various fundraisers, memberships, and other unrestricted sources, we are able to serve owners of all income levels.

For questions on any of our programs, please contact the Near Westside office at 733-4924.

Outreach to Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

Near Westside Neighborhood Assoc., Inc. encourages the use of minority and women owned businesses (MWBEs) and 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 an MWBE, please visit the NYS Division of Minority & Women Owned Business Development website at http://www.nylovesbiz.com/MWBE.html.

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