Greater Circle Living – An Incentive to Live Near Work



The Greater Circle Living housing program is sponsored by University Circle, Inc., administered by the Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation (FRDC), and funded by University Circle employers, including Case Western Reserve University.




What benefits are available through the Greater Circle Living program?

CWRU employees may receive a one-time only program benefit in one of the following forms. Please note that these benefits are taxable.

  1. Home Purchase Assistance
    A forgivable loan of $20,000 – with an additional $10,000 available to employees based on household income ("Working Families Supplement") – to apply towards the down payment of a primary residence within the specified geographic area
  2. Rental Assistance
    A one-month rental reimbursement of up to $1,400 for designated apartment buildings in the specified geographic area
  3. Homeowner Exterior Home Repair Assistance
    A grant up to $8,000 for exterior renovations to an existing primary residence in the specified geographic area; all renovations (which include landscaping) must be done to the front of the structure or property.

Who is eligible to receive the program’s benefits?

Generally, all Benelect-eligible CWRU employees are eligible to receive a one-time program benefit. Additional eligibility criteria exist for the exterior home repair assistance benefit. Candidates who have received and accepted employment offers from CWRU can also be eligible for certain benefits. Employees not eligible to participate in Benelect may be eligible for the Working Families Supplement. Please note that eligibility for a benefit does not guarantee that an employee’s application for a program benefit will be approved. View program eligibility details.

What is the "specified geographic area"?

A large map has been posted outside of room 304 in Crawford Hall that defines the included neighborhoods. View a smaller version of the map.

How can employees apply for a program benefit?

Applications are available through FRDC, who administers the program’s benefits and decisions each application. Employees can access applications online at, at or by phone at 216.361.8400. Prior to submitting applications, employees are asked to contact Benefits Administration at (216.368.6964, to verify their eligibility for the benefit. When reviewing applications FRDC will confirm eligibility with Benefits Administration.

Where can employees find out more information about the Greater Circle Living program?

Program brochures are available in Crawford Hall room 320. Program information also can be accessed online at or via Call FRDC at 216.361.8400 for program specific questions.