GICH helps communities improve their quality of life and economic vitality through the development of locally-based housing and revitalization strategies. This is achieved through:

  • Technical assistance
  • Collaboration
  • Expert presenters
  • Training
  • Facilitation
  • Consensus building
  • Networking
  • Mentoring

What you'll do

During the three-year program of technical assistance and cross-community sharing, participating community housing teams will:

  • Attend two retreats a year with other participating communities
  • Identify issues and needs, available resources, and potential obstacles
  • Develop new ideas about meeting local housing needs and enhancing community development
  • Learn about best practices and available resources and funding for housing and community development
  • Produce a community housing plan with objectives and goals
  • Begin implementation of the action plan

What you can achieve

The following are some examples of initiatives that have been undertaken by communities as a result of their participation in GICH:

  • Targeted a distressed neighborhood for revitalization
  • Developed multi-family tax credit apartments
  • Redeveloped a failed subdivision
  • Revised out-dated codes and ordinances and adopted new ones
  • Increased code enforcement
  • Removed abandoned or dilapidated homes
  • Created a Land Bank Authority or Community Land Trust
  • Obtained first CDBG and CHIP grants
  • Developed a rehabilitation program
  • Provided housing counseling and down payment assistance
  • Completed sewer/water infrastructure improvements
  • Wrote and adopted an Urban Redevelopment Plan
  • Created a Redevelopment Authority
  • Obtained Opportunity Zone designation
  • Conducted a housing assessment and windshield survey
  • Partnered with Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, Work Camp, churches
  • Convened neighborhood clean-up days
  • Established neighborhood watch programs
  • Launched an education/public awareness campaign

What must interested communities do?

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