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Housing Program to Kick Off for Midland/Lincoln/Bellevue Neighborhood

$3 million available for improvements in area

Syracuse NY- On Tuesday, May 6, 2008 the Midland/Lincoln/Bellevue (MLB) RTF Community Initiatives Working Group joined with Mayor Matthew J. Driscoll at the Living Waters Church of God In Christ, 115-25 Huron Street, to kick off the $3 million housing program. This program will provide grants, mini grants, low interest loans, demolition funding, and new construction subsidies to improve and enhance the Midland/Lincoln/Bellevue neighborhood, map attached. Applications will be available to area residents for grants and low interest loans.

The Midland/Lincoln/Bellevue RTF Community Initiatives Working Group is made up of residents of the area who worked to develop these strategies to build upon neighborhood strengths and assets by improving the neighborhood appearance, enhancing the look of residential property, and providing leverage to enhance development of neighborhood projects.

Program includes a series of Owner Occupied Mini-grants at $5,000 for Curb Appeal, Rehabilitation grants are also available for roof replacement. Other initiatives include matching grants for investor-owners, 20 properties eligible for purchase/rehabilitation grants. In addition to the aforementioned 32 owner-occupied properties will be eleigible for exterior work to the home regardless of income.

This program was developed as part of the City and County settlement agreement reached February 2007 that included funding for projects to be developed by stakeholders of the Midland/Lincoln/Bellevue area adjacent to the Midland treatment facility.

The Community Initiatives is managed by the City of Syracuse Department of Community Development and administered by the Syracuse Model Neighborhood Corporation in collaboration with the MLB residents, Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc., and Syracuse United Neighbors (SUN).

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