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

Proposed 2nd Amendment to Citizen Participation Plan

The Citizen Participation Plan establishes the City of Ithaca’s procedures for involving the public in development and implementation of the HUD Entitlement Program. At its June 21, 2017 meeting, the IURA Board recommended adoption of a 2nd amendment to the Citizen Participation Plan, dated June 9, 2017, to comply with the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. The proposed 2nd amendment to the Citizen Participation Plan can be found via the following link:

IURA/City of Ithaca Citizen Participation Plan: Proposed 2nd Amendment (6/9/17)

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:

2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) & Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) Grants

On behalf of the City of Ithaca, the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA) reviewed proposals it received for projects to be included in the City’s draft 2017 Annual Action Plan. Approximately $900,000 in combined CDBG and HOME funding is expected to be available. Community groups, businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals were all invited to submit proposals for projects to be funded through these programs. The official 2017 Action Plan Schedule can be accessed via the link below, as well as the Draft FY2017 Action Plan, adopted on April 13, 2017.
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.