Available Properties

Acquisition Types:

NIP Inventory – The HCLRC manages Hamilton County’s allocation of demolition funding from the statewide Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP), administered by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) and financed using the United States Treasury’s Hardest Hit Funds.  Properties demolished under NIP must meet the following criteria:

  1. Owned by the HCLRC at the time of demolition,
  2. Located in an NIP target neighborhood [link to NIP Map]
  3. Residential (commercial and industrial properties are not eligible)

OHFA places a three-year lien on these properties after demolition in order to ensure a positive end-use.  However, this lien may be released before the end of the three-year period for any of the approved end-uses below*:

  1. Residential Side Lot (to owner-occupant of adjacent property)
  2. Public Use
  3. Non-Profit Organization Use
  4. Business or Residential Development

Prior to demolishing a property, the HCLRC will post it to our website to provide community members an opportunity to apply to rehab the property.  We also check with our Community Partners to ensure that demolition is a last resort, in lieu of rehab.

*More information available in the NIP Program Guidelines, located at http://ohiohome.org/savethedream/neighborhoodinitiative.aspx

Once the HCLRC applies for an early lien release, if successful, it typically takes one to three months for the lien to be released and the property made available for transfer.

HCLRC Inventory – Properties currently owned by the HCLRC. Applications for these properties may require additional documentation to show that the applicant has capacity to undertake the necessary repairs to make the property safe and habitable.  HCLRC may also require pitch meeting with Port Authority staff.

Forfeited Property – Generally, the HCLRC has the ability to acquire properties that have been forfeited to the State of Ohio following a tax foreclosure.  Once the HCLRC submits a request for a forfeited property, it typically takes between three and six months for the HCLRC to obtain title to the property. So, properties marked “forfeited” on our Available Properties List are properties the HCLRC does not yet own, but can likely acquire. Forfeited properties should have clear title once acquired by the HCLRC; however, prospective purchasers are strongly encouraged to conduct their own title search prior to purchasing properties from the HCLRC.

To acquire a property Applicants must submit one of the applications below:

Lot-to-Yard Program

For owner-occupants interested in acquiring residential vacant land adjacent to their home. Purchasers will be required to incorporate the vacant lot into their existing yard. The intent of the program is to reduce the number of blighted vacant lots and return those unproductive parcels to tax-generating status, while improving neighboring property values. This program does not include disposition to owners of adjacent rental property.

  • WHO: Owner-occupants interested in acquiring vacant land adjacent to their home.
  • WHAT: All properties must be vacant residential land and on the Property List.
  • HOW: To apply for a  Lot-to-Yard property, download and complete the application below:

Click here to download Lot-to-Yard Application

Gardens and Green Program

Transforms vacant lots into gardens or community green space. Any party interested in purchase may apply. All applicants must be able to show a viable redevelopment project and the ability to maintain the property.

  • WHO: Any party interested in purchase may apply.
  • WHAT: All properties must be vacant residential land on the Property List.
  • HOW: To apply for a Gardens and Green property, download and complete the application below:

Click here to download Gardens and Green Application

Single-Family Home Development

Returns underutilized, blighted residential properties to productive use through sale to interested parties for redevelopment. For disposition under this program, the project must include the rehab an existing home, infill construction of single-family home, or redevelopment of a vacant lot by incorporation into an adjacent single-family home development. All properties must be unoccupied residential structures or vacant land and on the Property List.

  • WHO: Any party interested in developing or rehabilitating a single-family home.
  • WHAT: All properties must be unoccupied residential structures or vacant land and on the Property List.
  • HOW: To apply for a Single Family Home property, download and complete the application below:

Click here to download Single-Family Home Development Application

Multi-Unit, Multi-Property, and Commercial Development

This program focuses on projects involving the development of multiple units; acquisition of multiple properties from the HCLRC; or commercial properties. This program uses the HCLRC’s unique tools and abilities to facilitate larger development projects and increase the beneficial economic impact of the proposed development and corresponding private investment.

  • To apply for a property with multi-units, multi-properties or commercial development download and complete the application below:

Click here to download Multi and Commercial Development Application

This submission will be reviewed internally and either denied or preliminary approved. For final approval, all applicants will be required to meet with the Port Authority development staff for a live pitch session of the project.

For information on submission of Application please click here.

NOTE: The HCLRC seeks input from our neighborhood-based development partner prior to making a decision on an application. See page 3 of General application for details.