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File #: 210797.    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 1/6/2022 In control: Gainesville Community Reinvestment Area Advisory Board
On agenda: Final action:
Title: GCRA Housing Programs Update (NB)
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GCRA Housing Programs Update (NB)

The GCRA 10 Year Reinvestment Plan outlines the housing objectives of the area to add new infill housing, improve existing homes in the district, and provide quality housing at different price points for renters and homeowners.

A community outreach campaign began in January 2022 with the goal to educate the community about the program by focusing on “word-of-mouth” techniques. Each program will be marketed through different avenues, depending on their reach and purpose, but general outreach techniques are as follows:
? present at neighborhood association/crime watch meetings;
? issue a press release;
? advertise in Gainesville Sun and Guardian newspapers;
? host a meeting for local church pastors;
? contact housing related local non-profit, government, and private agencies;
? send mailers to heirs’ property owners;
? host application workshops by neighborhood;
? continue work one-on-one with applicants to ensure follow through; and,
? continue social media outreach.

The suite of program offerings are as follows:

1. The My Neighborhood Grant Program offers a $25,000 incentive forgivable loan to recipients who purchase a home or lot in a neighborhood which they grew up. Eligible neighborhoods include: Cedar Grove II, Duval, Fifth Avenue, North Lincoln Heights, Pleasant Street, Porters, Springhill and Sugarhill. This program was approved by the City Commission on August 5, 2021.

Update: The application window for this program is open from January 18, 2022 until March 31, 2022. GCRA staff continues to work with the City Attorney’s office for documents necessary for closing.

2. The Neighborhood Paint Program provides free pressure washing and paint services to the exterior of single-family residential homes. Eligible neighborhoods include: Duval, Fifth Avenue, Pleasant Street, Porters, Springhill and Sugarhill. There will be three application periods open for specific neighborhoods in 20...

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