Greater Rochester is going to ROC even harder in 2013 by supporting hundreds of local not-for-profits doing great work to make our community awesome. Support The Housing Council at PathStone today!
By Adam Liptak, The New York Times
November 13, 2013
The following is a list of resources that may be helpful to members of the Coordinated Access Task Force. This list will grow over time and please feel free to suggest other items that you think may be helpful.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Just Do It. How Providers in Skid Row Implemented a Coordinated Entry System in 100 Days
On this call, we will hear from members of an LA team that recently designed and implemented a Coordinated Entry System (CES) for LA’s Skid Row area. LA’s Home for Good (of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles) conceived of and funded this groundbreaking project and continues to lead the team effort, which is now focused on refining and scaling up the system. Coordinated Entry is something many communities talk about for years, but often never get started. You’ll be inspired when you hear about what’s possible in just 100 days! And you can steal some of the LA ideas and tools for your community (i.e., don’t reinvent the wheel!). The resources available to download here include the presentation slides, the Skid Row CES Client Tracking Tool and the RUSH Application. Click here to learn more and view the tools.
Homelessness Resolution Strategy Rochester and Monroe County Final Report Prepared for the City of Rochester Final Report 9-30-12 rev 3-7-13
Homeless Resolution Powerpoint Presentation Homelessness Solutions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2013
Contact: Sue Boss
Phone: 585-546-3700 Ext. 3022
Rochester welcomes the announcement of The Housing Council at PathStone, Inc.
The two organizations join together to meet ever-growing housing need.
ROCHESTER, NY (September 13, 2013) – The Board of Directors of The Housing Council and PathStone Corporation announced a permanent affiliation between the two organizations, effective October 1, 2013, at a press conference on Friday. The creative, mission-driven partnership enhances both organizations’ abilities to offer quality housing related services to communities throughout Western New York.
Aligned in their missions, both The Housing Council and PathStone Corporation view homeownership and access to safe, decent, affordable rental housing as cornerstones in supporting strong, self-sufficient families and developing vibrant communities. With a rich history in Rochester, NY, The Housing Council served over 8,000 households last year through a wide array of services, including: landlord education, foreclosure prevention, pre-purchase counseling, emergency housing services and fair housing education.
Complementing the services provided by The Housing Council, PathStone Corporation operates a number of programs designed to increase the number of homeowners among low-to moderate- income families, including first-time homebuyer education and counseling, financial education and foreclosure prevention. The affiliation between the organizations will reduce competition for funding, increase service area, improve program performance and reduce administrative overhead. “These two organizations are important community assets and we know that this new collaboration will allow them to thrive and even more effectively offer service to the people of our community,” said Peter Carpino, president of United Way of Greater Rochester.
“Rochester and its surrounding neighbors are fortunate to benefit from a great many agencies with a mission of helping citizens live healthy and productive lives,” said Mayor Thomas S. Richards. “Part of that mission includes connecting people with housing that is safe and affordable. The new affiliation between PathStone and The Housing Council—two incredible partners in our community—will result in stronger programs, reaching more people across a larger geographic area.”
The negotiations and due diligence process between The Housing Council and PathStone Corporation were supported by the United Way of Greater Rochester’s Synergy Fund. Through a grant from the fund, the United Way engaged the professional services of the New York Council on Nonprofits (NYCON) to serve as a neutral third-party facilitator, as well as to provide legal services.
Susan Boss will serve as Executive Director of The Housing Council at PathStone, Inc. “Ms. Boss has worked for PathStone Corporation for more than 15 years, serving as the director of the PathStone First-Time Home Buyer and Mortgage Foreclosure Counseling programs,” stated Stuart J. Mitchell, PathStone president & CEO. “She brings a wealth of direct program knowledge to The Housing Council at PathStone, Inc. and has served as an excellent bridge builder between the two organizations throughout the last year.”
“With the support of both boards, dedicated staff and the United Way of Greater Rochester, the affiliation process went very smoothly,” said Boss. “By combining the strengths of two organizations with similar missions, we are able to enhance and expand housing-related services within the Rochester community. Rather than duplicating efforts, we are serving more individuals than we ever would be able to do independently.”
About The Housing Council
The Housing Council is a Rochester, NY based non-profit organization, providing landlord education, foreclosure prevention, pre-purchase counseling, emergency housing services and fair housing education. It is one of New York State’s largest HUD-approved comprehensive counseling agencies.
PathStone is a Rochester, NY based non-profit community development and human services organization, that provides services to low-income families and economically distressed communities throughout New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, Vermont, and Puerto Rico. It is a NeighborWorks America Chartered Organization and a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
For more information contact:
Phone: 585-546-3700 Ext. 3022
We are still in need of coats. Would you be willing or able to donate coats for this event? Check the list below for easy drop off locations or contact us for other alternatives.
The Housing Council in collaboration with Project Homeless Connect is seeking coat donations for homeless and at risk of becoming homeless families. Help us serve over 900 homeless and at risk families in one day?
- The United Way, 75 College Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.
- St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 28 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsford, NY 14534.
- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road, Rochester, NY 14607.
- The Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.
- Brighton Presbyterian Church, 1775 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610.
- MetroCenter: The College at Brockport, 55 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14604.
- PathStone Corporation, 400 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.
Project Homeless Connect Rochester is a one-day, “one-stop shop” event on September 20, 2013 serving people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
The event provides a hot meal and a warm coat along with other valuable community linkages and services with the goal of making affordable housing accessible and sustainable. We expect to serve over 900 people September 20, and we need YOUR help!
The event’s goal is to provide information and a connection to essential, ongoing services, such as housing, employment, government benefits, veterans’ benefits, legal services and many other vital services.
The mission of Project Homeless Connect is to rally our community to support and create lasting solutions for homeless individuals.
Please visit homelessconnectrochester.org for more information.
Any other questions please feel free to contact Joshua Sankowski at 585-546-3700 Ext. 3032.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.
Promoting Healthy Diets through EBT in the South Wedge
EBT customers who purchase at least $10 in tokens with their EBT cards receive a $5 bonus in tokens, which can be used to purchase EBT eligible items at the market… read more…
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South Wedge Farmers Market Report
by Sue Gardner Smith
Summer means delicious farm-fresh food, live music under shady trees, and meeting friends and neighbors. Summer means South Wedge Farmers’ Market! The market is in full-swing and is the place to be and to cool off on a warm Thursday afternoon.
This year vendors offer a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, fresh and dried pasta, flower bouquets and plants for the garden, soap made in the South Wedge, organic teas, maple products, gluten-free and regular baked products, and local wines. Pick up a grilled pizza for an easy dinner, poutine for a tasty snack, and an ice cream sandwich for a cooling treat.
There’s always live music at the market. Performers this summer include Wild Root String Band, Mounafanyi Percussion and Dance Ensemble, Watkins & the Rapiers, and cool jazz from Flexitarians, the Charlie Mitchell Group, Gregg & Maggie Herman and Friends, and Cabbage & Baggage.
New this year is a cooking demonstration each week, featuring fresh vegetables and fruit from the market. Chefs offer ideas, recipes, and free tastes of delicious dishes you can make at home from market bounty. EBT customers who purchase at least $10 in tokens with their EBT cards receive a $5 bonus in tokens, which can be used to purchase EBT eligible items at the market.
The South Wedge Farmers’ Market is held Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. in the shady parking lot behind Boulder Coffee at the corner of Alexander St. and S. Clinton Ave. The South Wedge Farmers’ Market is sponsored this year by the Genesee Co-op Federal Credit Union, which is member-owned and offers low-cost financial services to Rochester residents from its offices at 395 Gregory Street. The Market is a project of the South Wedge Planning Committee.
For more information,
the market is also on Facebook and Twitter.
By Lisa Prevost, The New York Times
August 22, 2013
December 20, 2012
“No Sting: Feds Won’t Go Undercover to Prove Housing Discrimination”
By Nikole Hannah-Jones
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IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 20 (UPI) — Online marketplace RealtyTrac said Rochester, N.Y., was at the top of its new Housing Market Recovery Index.
RealtyTrac said it combined seven competent indexes to create the recovery index, including the local unemployment rate, the percentage of homes with mortgages under water, the percentage change of foreclosure activity from its peak, the percentage of distressed home sales, institutional investors share of total sales, the cash purchases share of total sales and the median home price percent change from its low point.
RealtyTrac said it used national averages as a baseline for each component index. All the indexes were then averaged to come up with a total recovery index, the firm said.
On the new index, Rochester, was assigned a score of 217, which put it far ahead of the second- and third-place cities, Schenectady-Troy, N.Y., and Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla., which each scored 168.
The next two spots were taken by California markets. The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area scored 166 on the index, while the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont area scored 164.
The Top 10 included Birmingham-Hoover, Ala., Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Ga., Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo., Flint, Mich., and Oklahoma City, Okla.
RealtyTrac said it calculated the index for more than 900 housing markets.
But relatively fast-recovering markets were spread out.
Besides New York and California, the states of Colorado, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wisconsin each had two cities in the Top 20. Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Illinois also had cities in the Top 20, RealtyTrac said.
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CONNECTICUT LANDLORDS ORDERED TO PAY MORE THAN $100K FOR DISCRIMINATING AGAINST PROSPECTIVE TENANTS:
Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Bryan Greene, Acting Assistant Secretary of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, today announced that a federal judge in New Haven has found the owners of a property in Windsor Locks, Conn., liable for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against prospective tenants based on their race.
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