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Elm Street Facade Program


The Facade Grant Program provides matching funds for exterior improvements to properties within the Elm Street Project Area (see Elm Street Facade Guidelines). The Design Committee utilizes funding received from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Elm Street Program to serve as an incentive to stimulate private investment in facade renovations.

What is a facade?

A facade is defined as one side of a building exterior, regardless of the number of stories, that is visible from the public right-of-way.

Who is eligible to participate?

All property owners within the City of Bradford's Elm Street Project Area are eligible to apply for a Facade Grant.

What types of projects quality?

Design assistance, signs, awnings and canopies, exterior painting, windows and doors and exterior lighting.

What types of projects are NOT eligible for funding?

Sidewalks and paving, interior renovations and improvements, and building permit and other miscellaneous fees.

Housing Rehabilitation Program

The City of Bradford has in place a housing rehabilitation program that assists homeowners with home repairs with priority consideration given to homeowners in the Elm Street Neighborhood.  The City's housing rehabilitation program addresses BOCA housing code violations.  The funds are used for a wide variety of rehabilitation needs including new heating systems, electrical, plumbing, foundations and porches, roofs, exterior siding or painting, bathrooms/kitchens and safety (smoke detectors, hot water tank relief valves). 

There are three levels of funding available in the City of Bradford to assist homeowners depending on household income. Hardship grant funds, combination grant/loan and low interest loans are provided based upon household income.

Guidelines and Income Limits:

  Hardship Grant Guidelines  
  Grant-Loan Guidelines  
  Strict Loan Guidelines  

Applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis and will be processed in order of receipt. Applicant must own their home by deed and be current on city utlities and taxes.

A mortgage is filed against the property in the amount of the assistance provided. Grant funds are provided as a forgiveness grant. The homeowner must reside in home for a five, ten, fifteen or twenty year period depending upon the amount of the assistance.