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  • City of Syracuse CARES Act Community Development Block Grant

    Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) dated March 27, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded additional funds on September 11, 2020 to the City of Syracuse $1,676,401 in Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV3) funds to address needs caused by the novel COVID-19 pandemic. During this current public health crisis, it is critical we do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of those most vulnerable to prepare, prevent and respond to COVID-19. The Department of Neighborhood and Business Development for the City of Syracuse is proposing to use the CDBG-CV3 funds to address urgent need in our community. Please view plan here.



    UD has approved a not less than 5-day public comment period for CDBG-CV funds. The comment period for CDBG-CV funds will begin on December 28, 2020 and end on January 5, 2021, which will allow the public to make comments or suggestions regarding COVID-19 related needs and use of these funds. NBD invites you to a public WebEx hearing to be held on obtain additional comments regarding COVID-19 related needs and use of these funds on: 


    • Monday, January 5, 2021 at 5:30PM
    • Meeting number (access code): 179 508 1743 
    • Meeting password: MCwPcFrU836
      (To join from a mobile device: Join by phone +1-408-418-9388 United States Toll Free)




    City of Syracuse Entitlement Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development:

    The application period opens for various funding programs managed by the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development (NBD) is open to organizations that serve the city of Syracuse in September of each year, and proposals are due in late October. Applicants must be a certified 501(c) 3 organization, operating a program designed to serve low- to moderate-income individuals and families (see below). Any questions regarding the application process or requirements can be directed to the various administrators for each funding program, which you will find listed in the NBD staff directory below. 

    Eligibility Requirements 

    2021 HUD Income Limits

    2021 HUD Rent Limits

    City of Syracuse Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are used by the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development to assist in the development of quality, affordable housing through property demolitions, rehabilitations, and homebuyer assistance programs. CDBG funds are also used to support various programming for youth, adults and seniors that are carried out by various nonprofit organizations and community centers. Each year CDBG funding is allocated to create opportunities for residents to receive vital community services, while funds are also utilized to directly assist in the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout the city.


    The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is used by NBD to fund a range of residential activities from new construction of homes to the rehabilitation of multi-unit rental properties. HOME funds are used to assist nonprofit housing organizations in the redevelopment of properties in disrepair for the revitalization of the surrounding neighborhood. Projects that are funded with HOME for developer subsidies and direct homebuyer assistance are done through a rolling application process that is open throughout the year.


    The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds are used by NBD to assist people to quickly obtain and maintain permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.  Service providers are funded under three categories:  Homeless Prevention and Stabilization, preventing families and individuals from becoming homeless, Rapid Re-housing, rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families and Street Outreach, engaging homeless families and individuals living on the streets.  ESG funds work in collaboration with the Continuum of Care (CoC), the Homeless Housing Coalition (HHC) and community service providers to build and maintain a process that maximizes current resources to support individuals and families in finding and maintaining housing by offering support services that assist in achieving that goal. 


    The University Neighborhood Service Agreement (UNSAAC) was established to address the unique impact Syracuse University has on the surrounding neighborhoods by enhancing governmental services and maintaining their health, safety, and welfare through police and fire protection, preservation and improvement of housing, community support, and park and public space improvements. The City of Syracuse and Syracuse University renewed the Service Agreement in 2016 for a period of five years, allocating a total of $2.5 million dollars to be used in alleviating the University’s impact on surrounding neighborhoods over that time period. With the renewed agreement, the UNSAAC borders have been expanded to include the Outer Comstock neighborhood, and the portion of the Southside neighborhood bordering the University. Click here for a map of the UNSAAC Boundaries.

    Under the terms of the service agreement, Syracuse University will pay the City of Syracuse $500,000 annually until 2021, $125,000 of which will be allocated each year to the City of Syracuse Police Department and applied to the cost of maintaining safety and security in the neighborhoods. The remaining $375,000 will be used for neighborhood projects and services that are in the mutual interest of the neighborhoods, their residents (including students), and the University. Any individual or non-profit organization may submit an application for funding for a project or program within the service agreement borders (as shown in application). If your organization is not a 501c, an existing non-profit may be used as a fiscal sponsor for the program/project. The application for funding is available online by clicking on the link below and at the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development (NBD) located at 201 E. Washington Street, Suite 600. If you have questions about this program or the application process, please contact the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development at 448-8100, or email Wenona Timmons at

    UNSAAC Fiscal Reporting Documents: 2020-2021

    Service Agreement Ordinance







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