Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA)

The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA) works to improve the economic, social, and physical characteristics of the low-to-moderate-income neighborhoods in the City and is responsible for the following activities:
  • administration of the City's HUD Entitlement Grant
  • issuance of loans for affordable housing and business job-creation
  • sale of land for public/private-partnership urban renewal projects
  • management of Cherry Street Industrial Park
  • development of grant applications

PUBLIC NOTICE: Draft Assessment of Fair Housing

The Draft Assessment of Fair Housing is available for a 30-day Public Comment Period, beginning Friday, September 29, 2017. Click on the link below for the latest version of the Draft Assessment of Fair Housing for the City of Ithaca.

Please note this draft will be updated. Check back on this website for  future versions, or contact the following person for notification each time the draft is revised:

Anisa Mendizabal
Community Development Planner

Copies are available online ( and in hard-copy at: Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA), 108 E. Green St., Third Floor, City of Ithaca (City Hall), Ithaca, NY.


The AFH is an updated approach to looking at the fair housing landscape in order to set locally determined fair housing priorities and goals (e.g., are Ithaca residents able to achieve their housing goals; have Ithaca residents ever been treated unfairly in regard to housing; what could improve Ithaca residents' housing situations).


The City of Ithaca is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to annually report on its progress in implementing its Consolidated Plan.  The report, known as the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), will be submitted to HUD on October 30, 2017. 

The draft version of the report can be accessed via the link below:


The report will be available for review and public comment from October 12, 2017 through 12:00p.m. on October 27, 2017.  It may be reviewed online at; or hardcopies will be available for review at:

Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency
108 E. Green St. (City Hall), Third Floor
Ithaca, New York

Tompkins County Public Library
101 E. Green St.
Ithaca, New York

― Public Comment Deadline ―

Members of the public may submit comments in writing to the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency at the address above by 12:00 p.m., October 27, 2017.  Public comments will be attached to the CAPER and forwarded to HUD.  Please call (607) 274-6565 or e-mail, if you have any questions.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Data & Mapping Tool

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule requires cities and towns receiving HUD funding to examine their housing patterns for evidence of housing discrimination. To facilitate this process, HUD created the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Data and Mapping Tool (AFFHT), a publicly accessible interactive web site for conducting the fair housing analyses required by AFFH. AFFHT is a public-facing application, so there are no user registration or access requirements. All users have the same basic permission to use the site. You can access the AFFHT by clicking on the following link:

Once you land on the AFFHT web site, you’ll see an introductory pop-up window, where you'll be asked to select the state and jurisdiction you’re looking for, and whether you want to view just that specific jurisdiction’s map, or a map of the entire region. You will then be taken to a subsequent screen where you'll be asked to select a type of map (e.g., "Race/Ethnicity," "Housing Choice Vouchers & Race/Ethnicity," "Demographics & Job Proximity, "Demographics & Environmental Health"). Once you find the type of map you're looking for, click on the "Go to Map" button located at the bottom-right of the application wizard. Depending on the type of map you select, you may then be asked to choose a specific data set for the map (e.g., "Race/Ethnicity Trends, 1990" or "Race/Ethnicity Trends, 2000"). For more detailed information about each map, including illustrated instructions on how to use the mapping tool, please refer to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) User Guide at the following link:

You can also click on the following link to go to a page containing tools, guidance, training, data/mapping, and other resources related to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule:
Mission Statement
The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency secures and manages resources to improve the social, physical and economic characteristics of the City of Ithaca by expanding access to quality affordable housing, strengthening neighborhoods and the local economy, and supporting other community development activities.