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Community Housing Development Fund

The Community Housing Development Fund (CHDF), formerly referred to as the Housing Fund, is a joint effort of Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca and Cornell University. The Fund helps communities and organizations throughout Tompkins County respond to the diverse affordable housing needs of county residents. Projects must include units of affordable housing for low and moderate income households. 

The 2021 CHDF grant cycle is now accepting applications. Please see the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for details on eligibility, considerations, and how to prepare and submit an application

Download the 2021 Open Funding Round Notice of Funding Availability.  The application deadline is December 22, 2021.

This grant application must be submitted online through Common Grant Application. You can sign up for an account here. More information about how to use the Common Grant Application can be found in this brief video.

Members of the Tompkins County staff are on hand to answer questions concerning the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) process and evaluation. If you have questions about the NOFA, please email us  or call 607-274-5560. 

Program Overview 

The Community Housing Development Fund is designed to ensure that newly constructed or rehabilitated housing units remain affordable to successive buyers or renters. Permanent affordability is retained by such measures as income qualifying prospective buyers or renters and limiting the sales price or rent of units; separating the ownership of the land from the ownership of the housing unit, whereby only the housing unit is purchased by the homebuyer, and by restricting the amount of equity that a homeowner can take from the housing unit upon sale (Community Housing Trust model); or other equivalent mechanisms. Eligible uses of the fund include the cost of land, construction, or any development costs that will reduce the cost of new or newly rehabilitated non-student housing units developed, provided these housing units remain permanently affordable by using a mechanism such as the Community Housing Trust or another acceptable mechanism.

Press Release Announcing Extension of the Housing Fund through 2021

Table of Projects Awarded Funds (2009-present)

Recent Program Changes 

With the three funding partners' agreement to continue the program for an additional six years, several changes have been made to the program, which are further detailed in the NOFA. In addition to the program’s name change, pre-development loans have been discontinued, rehabilitation as well as new development of affordable units are eligible for assistance, award caps have increased, the grant term has been modified, and support is available for units intended for those earning up to 100% of area median income (AMI) for rental housing and up to 120% AMI for ownership housing, provided that the majority of units an applicant seeks assistance for are reserved for those earning 80% or less AMI.