Land Bank Community Revitalization

Update # 2: Extension In RFA Response Due Date

The deadline for applications for first-round funding has been extended to 4 PM on September 20, 2013. All RFA response must be submitted electronically to the Attorney General’s Office by that date and time.

Update # 1: Mandatory Pre-Application Conference Call Notice

The Conference Call will be held on Tuesday, August 20th at 2:30 PM. All potential applicants must participate in this call. The call-in information is below.

As a reminder, all questions to be discussed on this call must be submitted in writing to Dina Levy at Dina.Levy@ag.ny.gov by Thursday, August 15th.

Call Number: (866) 394-2346 

Pin: 7746582114

 

The New York State Attorney General is dedicating a portion of funds awarded to New York under the National Mortgage Settlement to support legally designated Land Banks, formed under the New York State Land Bank Act of 2011. Funding will be made available in two competitive application rounds. Applications for the first round of funding are available now. The second round of funding will be announced in July 2014.The program will provide Land Banks in New York State with $20 million total to promote community revitalization efforts.

As stated in the law, “there is an overriding public need to confront the problems caused by vacant, abandoned and tax-delinquent properties” that resulted in large measure from the foreclosure crisis. Communities can use Land Banks as a tool to “facilitate the return of vacant, abandoned and tax-delinquent properties to productive use… for the benefit of the public and the State as a whole.” The Attorney General Office’s Community Revitalization Initiative Request for Applications will encourage the utilization of funds for “foreclosure relief and housing programs” and “community blight remediation,” as intended under the terms of the National Mortgage Settlement.

All applications for first-round funding must be submitted electronically to the Attorney General’s Office by 4 PM on September 15, 2013.

A conference call hosted by the Attorney General’s Office will be held for all applicants on August 20, 2013.

The call-in number and call details will be posted on this web page no later than August 10, 2013.

Written questions may be submitted in advance of the call. All questions regarding this RFA should be submitted by email to Dina Levy at Dina.Levy@ag.ny.gov. Please include “Land Bank RFA” in the subject line when submitting questions.

The Request for Applications may be downloaded here.

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