TARGET ZONE FAQ
1. Why are there Target Zones?
Target Zones are simply starting points for revitalization efforts. The ORA does not have the funds to target every area in Oswego at once. The targeted areas were delineated strategically because they are "middle markets." These are areas for which revitalization can be successful at moderate cost. They typically contain a critical mass of homeowners and housing strengths from which revitalization efforts have a chance to build. Later, as these areas become stronger, target zones can be modified and explanded to include more areas in Oswego.
2. How were Target Zones Chosen?
Target Zones were identified by an independent neighborhood consulting firm, czb llc, based in Alexandria, VA. This was accomplished through a grant from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation. Target Zones were chosen based upon housing conditions, current housing market strength, and the presence of residents in the areas who show evidence of commitment to performing the revitalization work. This is outlined in the Shineman Foundation funded Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.
3. My neighborhood is in a Target Zone, are we guaranteed funding?
No application is guaranteed funding. However, priority for funding will be given to strong applications that are located within target zones for several years. Funding for grants such as the Renaissance Block Challenge or Neighborhood Pride Projects are competitive, and depend upon the number of applications and funding available.
4. My neighborhood is not in a Target Zone, are we not be eligible for funding?
Priority for funding will be located in the target zones. However, very strong applications from committed residents on streets/blocks that are just outside the target zones (within 1 or 2 blocks) will be considered.
5. My neighborhood is not in a Target Zone, will we ever be eligible for funding?
Target Zones are starting points for revitalization efforts. They are meant to expand into new neighborhoods after a number of years. Expansion of Target Zones in future years is planned. It will depend upon the success of the initial programs in the Target Zones, and continued funding from philanthropic and corporate sponsors.