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Urban Initiatives Program (UI)




Capital, Pre-development/Acquisition



Procurement Agency


Total Annual Award

$50,000 is available

Tenant Eligibility Criteria

Households at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI), with consideration for family size.

Eligible Applicants

All eligible projects must

  1. be low-income housing projects or a series of projects located within cities with a population of 25,000 or more
  2. be built or rehabilitated by nonprofit, community-based or charitable organizations formed at least one year prior
  3. have as the central goal preserving or revitalizing the surrounding community.

Projects not eligible for UI funding based on neighborhood population are eligible for Rural Assistance Revitalization Project (RARP) funding.

Funding Award Details

UI funding was last appropriated in 2008. The funds from that period were spent by November 2010.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and not graded competitively. As of November 2010, all funds have been allocated, and no additional funds were appropriated since. A notice of funding availability (NOFA) will be issued when new funds become available.

UI may be used for the non-housing component in mixed development projects. For example, a community meeting space or social business venture.

Amount Details

Typically under $100,000 per project.



Network Notes

UI is limited to areas requiring neighborhood revitalization. Only nonprofit agencies may apply.

Community revitalization through the creation, restoration, preservation or improvement of housing in the locality are considered eligible uses. Applicants are encouraged to incorporate commercial, cultural and civic revitalization initiatives as well. RARP and UI are funded less consistently than most HCR programs. They may, however, be useful for smaller projects looking for stand-alone funding. In fact, to make the application process easier for the many smaller organizations applying, 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. The UI application process is not competitive; thus, projects are awarded funds based only on eligibility, feasibility and scores awarded in an HCR review process. Funding from UI allows for projects to be eligible for Project-Based Section 8 from HCR.

For More Information

See the 2015 HCR Unified Funding Round materials here.

Capital District Regional Office

Hampton Plaza, 6thFloor

38-40 State Street

Albany, New York, 12207

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

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

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

Earnest Langhorne, Downstate Director of Development: (212) 480-7473

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

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: 07/17/2018

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