Renaissance Block

The Erie County Renaissance Block Program is a financial incentive-based program designed to address and reverse housing blight in Erie County.  The problems with deteriorating and code-deficient residentail structures are well-documented and far-reaching.  Several recent community planning efforts have recommended reducing blight as an economic development strategy including Emerge 2040, Erie Refocused, the Corry Neighborhood Initiative, A Citizen's Action Guide to Blight, and the Erie County Housing Plan (a component of Erie County's comprehensive plan).  Properties in poor condition can reduce the market value of adjacent homes, in turn, discouraging other owners from making investments themselves thus strating or continuing a cycle of disinvestment. 

Up to  $150,000 awarded per application or up to $5,000 awarded per property.

Eligibility Criteria for Applicant

     •  an IRS-designated 501(c)3, municiapl authority, or a municipality

     •  Headquartered in Erie County

     •  In good standing with the IRS and state and local taxing bodies

     •  In good standing with ECGRA's reporting requirements to date

     •  Making  sole request on behalf of an organization

     •  Requires a 1 - 1 cash match

 

 

Renaissance Block Resources