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Rural Area Revitalization Projects (RARP)




Capital, Pre-development/Acquisition



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Tenant Eligibility Criteria

Households at or below 90% area median income (AMI) with consideration for family size.

Eligible Applicants

Low-income housing projects or a series of projects within rural areas (municipalities with a population of 25,000 or fewer). Must be built or rehabilitated by nonprofit, community-based and charitable organizations formed at least one year ago. Each project's main goal must be preserving or revitalizing the surrounding community. Projects not eligible for RARP funding based on neighborhood population are eligible for Urban Initiatives (UI) funding.

Funding Award Details

$400,000 currently available through HCR’s 2018 Unified Funding Round application.

Amount Details

Up to $250,000 per project.


In service for 15 years.

Network Notes

Must be located in communities with fewer than 20,000 people.

The RARP and UI programs were created to support a wide range of community revitalization efforts. All eligible projects must involve the improvement of housing in a designated area and may do so through the creation, restoration, preservation or improvement of housing in the locality. Applicants are encouraged to incorporate commercial, cultural and civic revitalization initiatives as well. RARP and UI are funded less consistently than most HCR programs. All funds from the last allocation in 2008 have been spent. RARP can be useful for smaller projects looking for stand-alone funding. In 2009, HCR changed the process so that UI/RARP applicants need only complete a streamlined UI/RARP application instead of the more complex Unified Funding Application. HCR looks favorably on applicants that minimize development and operating costs, pursue energy efficiency, find solutions to mixed-use/mixed-income challenges and resolve interim/permanent relocation issues for occupied project renovations.

RARP is being supplanted by the Community Investment Fund.

For More Information

See HCR’s Unified Funding Materials for 2018.

Capital District Regional Office

Hampton Plaza, 6thFloor

38-40 State Street

Albany, New York, 12207

Leonard Skrill, Upstate Director of Development: (716) 847-3926

Robert Shields, Senior Project Manager: (518) 486-5013

Gary VanWormer, Project Manager: (518) 474-5323

Amanda Beale, Project Manager: (518) 474-7492

Counties Served: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren and Washington.


New York City Regional Office

25 Beaver Street, 7th Floor 64

 New York, NY 10004, (212) 480-4543

Michael Ferguson, Acting Downstate Director of Development: (212-480-7494)

Jung Chin, Project Manager (212) 480-6456

Paula Friday, Project Manager (212) 480-7158

Counties Served: Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester.

Buffalo Regional Office

Electric Building, Suite 105

535 Washington Avenue

Buffalo, New York 14203

Leonard Skrill, Upstate Director of Development: (716) 847-3926

Dan Peters, Project Manager: (716) 847-7132

Patricia Dieck, Project Manager: (716) 855-7048

Counties Served: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.


Syracuse Regional Office

620 Erie Boulevard West, Suite 312

Syracuse, New York 13204

Leonard Skrill, Upstate Director of Development: (716) 847-3926

Lois Holden, Senior Project Manager: (315) 478-7179 x 219

Kathleen Karpinski, Senior Project Manager: (315) 478-7179 x 217

Counties Served: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Franklin, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins.

Last updated: 04/02/2019

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