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Operating Rental Property

Between repair, maintenance, regulations and record-keeping, operating a successful rental property can seem like an impossibility.  We can help!  Click for more information.



they asked homeless people to write down a fact about themselves...lifebuzz videoAug 22, 2014

Rethink Homelessness asked homeless people on the streets of Orlando, Florida, to write down a fact about themselves that other people would not know just by walking past them.  Click to read more...

trillium health's 2014 aids red ribbon rideAug 21, 2014

The Housing Council at PathStone supports PathStone CEO/President Stuart J. Mitchell on the Aids Red Ribbon Ride!  Click to read more...

bank of america to pay $16.65 billion over mortgages-cnn money article-august 21, 2014Aug 21, 2014

Bank of America (BAC)s tab for the financial crisis is now nearly $74 billion.  Click to read more...

mortgage rates hit 2014 low-cnn money article-august 21, 2014Aug 21, 2014

Mortgage rates have dropped to their lowest level in over a year.  Click to read more...

civic center garage to begin evening lockdown-whec news-august 20, 2014Aug 21, 2014

The Civic Center garage on Fitzhugh Street is privately owned but it's used by some homeless as a shelter. We are told homeless advocates have had months to find a new place to live for about a dozen people who sleep there at night.  Click to read more...

civic center garage's homeless lockout protested-d&c article-august 20, 2014Aug 21, 2014

Shortly before the metal doors came down Wednesday night at the downtown Civic Center Parking Garage, security walked a pair of homeless men separately to the exits and warned them not to return.  Click to read more...

Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • FREE Home Energy Efficiency Seminar-PathStone-August 20142014 Aug, 2611:52PathStone Corporation will host a FREE Home Energy Efficiency Workshop on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 5:30PM at 404 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607 (Accessible from Prince Street). PathStone's Energy Services staff will discuss NYSERDA energy programs and available grants/incentives. Refreshments will be provided and registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 585-442-2030 Ext. 204, email or visit Please bring a copy of your energy bill (with account number) for application assistance. Attendees will receive a complimentary compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) with your completed Home Performance with ENERGY STAR application.Click for more details
    Begins: 08/26/14 5:30pm
    Ends: 08/26/14 9:30pm
  • "Successful Relationships for Housing for Homeless Households and Social Services Clients"2014 Aug, 2711:52Education Offering: "Successful Relationships for Housing for Homeless Households and Social Services Clients" The Rapid Rehousing Partnership, a collaborative program of Coordinated Care Services, Inc., The Monroe County Department of Human Services, Alternatives for Battered Women, Spirtus Christi Prison Outreach, The Center for Youth Services, The Housing Council at Pathstone, Wilson Commencement Park and the YWCA is pleased to announce the availability of a free educational workshop for landlords and property managers, “Successful Relationships for Housing for Homeless Households and Social Services Clients”. This workshop will be offered monthly, with the next workshop scheduled for: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 8:00 – 9:30 AM at The Housing Council at Pathstone 75 College Avenue, United Way Eastman Conference Room As part of the community’s efforts to eliminate homelessness, a Rapid Rehousing approach is being used more and more to quickly move households from homelessness to stable permanent housing. The Rapid Rehousing Partnership Program provides the needed support for both the households moving into permanent housing and the landlords who are renting units for our clients. This workshop offering is aimed at providing landlords and property managers with the information needed to have positive working relationships and experiences with the Department of Human Services, our Rapid Rehousing Program and their tenants. This workshop is interactive; time is available to answer any questions you may have! The workshop is delivered by representatives of the Monroe County Department of Human Services and the Rapid Rehousing Partnership. Topics include: Rapid Rehousing Supports for Landlords and Tenant Navigating the DHS Process Landlord Statements Direct Rent Payments Landlord Tenant Security Agreement and Improvements in Claims Process Working with DHS to Address Concerns Property Inspections and Violations The Landlord Tenant Security Agreement and Improvements in Claims Process Participation in the session is limited to 25 participants. Additional offering of this workshop will be scheduled on a regular basis. To register for the July 23, 2014 session, please complete the REGISTRATION-FORM-08-27-14-9-2 form and return via fax or e-mail to: Michele Doherty: E-mail: Fax: 585-328-5211 The newly revised DHS Publication is available by clicking here, “Renting to Monroe County Temporary Assistance Clients – 2014”. Thank you and we hope that you will be able to attend this Educational Workshop!Click for more details
    Begins: 08/27/14 8:00am
    Ends: 08/27/14 9:30am
    Venue: The Housing Council, United Way Conference Room 1
  • Landlords: Don't miss out on our next Operating Rental Property Workshop!2014 Sep, 2711:52Sign up now! Space is limited. 585-546-3700.Click for more details
    Begins: 09/27/14 10:00am
    Ends: 09/27/14 5:00pm
  • Operating Rental Property Workshop-East Rochester-September 20142014 Sep, 2711:52The next Operating Rental Property Class is Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00AM-5:00PM in East Rochester, exact location to be determined. The cost per person is $45.00 which includes handouts. Please call 585-546-3700 to register today! Spots are limited!Click for more details
    Begins: 09/27/14 10:00am
    Ends: 09/27/14 5:00pm

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Your Service Inspires Our Service: The Veterans of the VOC of WNY
Jacob Puff has held many roles in his time with the Veterans One-stop Center of WNY. Initially, Jacob was a client seeking supportive services while finishing his degree at Buffalo State. He had been volunteering at the VA's Psychosocial Rehabilitation Center when some of the Veterans started mentioning a Veterans One-stop Center, and Jacob's interest was piqued. "When I was looking to use my benefits, I was bounced all over, so the idea of being able to get all your services in one location was appealing," Jacob explains. It quickly became clear to Jacob that what he most needed from the VOC of WNY was an internship to complete his Sociology degree. He'd been looking for a site that he felt passionate about, and the VOC of WNY fit the bill. For the fall semester in 2013, Jacob worked on a thesis concerning the One-stop model and how it could impact Veterans, drawing on both his own experience and the experience of other clients who volunteered to share their perceptions. When the semester long internship ended, Jacob continued to volunteer, assisting Veterans in the computer lab with everything from setting up email addresses to searching for jobs and apartments, to working with PathStone Corporation's SSVF program located at the VOC of WNY dealing with rural outreach. SSVF (or Supportive Services for Veteran Families) is a government grant funded program that helps Veterans who are homeless and at-risk of experiencing homelessness establish or maintain stable housing. PathStone's WNY grant focused on assisting Veteran families in rural Erie and Niagara counties, and it became clear Jacob had a knack for the work. When the case manager for the program was called up for military service, he recommended Jacob for the position, and he was hired shortly thereafter. Jacob comes from a strong military background. His father, along with his grandfather and his uncles, all served in the USMC, while his grandmother was a WAVE in the US Navy. His maternal grandfather served in the US Air Force, and when Jacob graduated from high school he decided to follow the family tradition and enlist, eventually deciding on the Air Force. In 2003, Jacob completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, and went on to complete additional training in Mississippi and Texas to become an Avionics Attack Control Systems Specialist. His first duty station was at RAF Lakenheath in England, though he spent much of the three years he was stationed there on temporary duty across North America, Europe, and the Middle East, including Qatar, Spain, Italy, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Canada. In 2007, while stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2009, Jacob decided to separate from the military, move back to WNY, and utilize his post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits to attend college. After receiving his A.A. in Human Services from Erie Community College, Jacob went on to complete his BS in Sociology at Buffalo State, where he graduated summa cum laude. Synergy is key to Jacob's success as a rural case manager. Jacob views his relationship with his Veteran clients as collaborative. "We're part of a team," he clarifies. "People who have been in the military understand that team mindset...that you need to work together to find success." And there can be many members of that team--from the Veteran and his or her family members and the case manager to landlords, onsite service providers, community providers, and VA staff. The case manager's role in this partnership, Jacob believes, is to "empower the Veteran with the tools they need to become successful in their life." This attitude, combined with his overall approachability and dedication to serve, have already helped make Jacob successful in his new position. We are excited to have Jacob as part of the Veterans One-stop Center of WNY team, and hope that if you or someone you know can benefit from his services; you will reach out to him either via phone (716-785-5480 / 716-898-0110) or email (
Our new tagline, "Your Service Inspires Our Service", speaks to the very essence of the VOC of WNY. The service of the Veterans and their family members who come into our Center is what inspired the founding of the Center, and what continues to inform our level of care on a day-to-day basis. This Center is your Center, whether you served in the military or as a member of a military family, and these are the faces, people, and stories that inspire and allow our service.

Homeless people each share one thing about themselves that will surprise you
For a simple but profound project, Rethink Homelessness invited several of Orlando's homeless residents to tell the rest of us one fact from their lives that, if we walked past them, we would never expect. As you can imagine, the results are poignantly...

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We want to give @[123742930972221:274:The Housing Council] $5000 and need your help! You have 30 Days to click LIKE on this photo! We will give $1 for every "LIKE" this photo gets, up to $5000. The Housing Council is one of New York State's largest HUD-approved comprehensive housing counseling agencies. (It is) A not-for-profit corporation founded in 1971, in Rochester, New York, The Housing Council provides landlord education, foreclosure prevention, pre-purchase counseling, emergency housing services and fair housing education. The (Housing) Council provides property management tools and strategies to landlords( in order) to enhance their business skills and familiarize them with their rights and responsibilities. The Housing Council served over 8,000 households throughout the region in 2010.