Greater Circle Living

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.

Available Benefits

Case Western Reserve 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

  2. A forgivable loan of $20,000, with an additional $10,000 available to employees based on household income ("Working Families Supplement"), to apply toward the down payment of a primary residence within the specified geographic area

  3. Rental Assistance

  4. A one-month rental reimbursement of up to $1,400 for designated apartment buildings in the specified geographic area

  5. Homeowner Exterior Home Repair Assistance

  6. 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.

Program Eligibility

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.

Home Purchase Assistance: $20,000 Forgivable Loan

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a current CWRU employees eligible to participate in Benelect
    OR
  • have received and accepted written offers of CWRU employment for positions that are eligible for participation in Benelect.

Income Criteria: None

Working Families Supplement: $10,000 Forgivable Loan

To be eligible, you must be a current, full-time employees of any University Circle non-profit or governmental institution.

Income Criteria: Household income less than $150,000

Rental Assistance

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a current CWRU employees eligible to participate in Benelect
    OR
  • have received and accepted written offers of CWRU employment for positions that are eligible for participation in Benelect

Income Criteria: None

Homeowner Exterior Home Repair Assistance

To be eligible, you must be:

  • a current CWRU employees eligible to participate in Benelect,
  • employed for at least 6 consecutive months
    AND
  • in good standing.

Income Criteria: None

Applicable Area

A large map of the included neighborhoods is posted outside of room 304 in Crawford Hall. View a smaller version of the map.

How to Apply

Applications are available through FRDC, who administers the program’s benefits and decisions each application. Employees can access applications online at fairfaxrenaissance.org, universitycircle.org or by phone at 216.361.8400.

Prior to submitting applications, employees are asked to contact Benefits Administration at (216.368.6964, AskHR@case.edu) to verify their eligibility for the benefit. When reviewing applications FRDC will confirm eligibility with Benefits Administration.

More Information

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