Meeting to discuss removal of homeless from parking garage scheduled

 

sistergraceaThe Monroe County Civic Center garage LDC board will meet 10 a.m. Thursday at the Ebenezer Watts building to discuss a plan to remove homeless people living in the garage.

Richard Bell, contracting officer for the Civic Center LDC, said the purpose of the meeting is to discuss the possibility of contracting with a security company to conduct sweeps of the garage and remove anyone who is living there.

“It is a matter of negotiation. All we’re doing is recommending to the board to authorize a contract with someone,” Bell said. “There is no date set in stone (but) it will be soon enough.”

Homeless advocates and shelter leaders also plan to attend the meeting and protest the plan to remove people living in the structure during the winter.

Nov. 2: Homeless face losing refuge in county garage

“I’m afraid we’re going to hear that someone froze to death outside,”said Sister Grace Miller, of the House of Mercy homeless shelter, on the possibility of homeless being put out during the winter.

The garage was privatized in 2003 and is owned by Civic Center Monroe County Local Development Corp., a nonprofit company. Miller said local homeless and shelter leaders have been meeting with city and county representatives for months to find a solution to the issue.

“We’re pleading with the city and the county and the LDC board to please work with us,” Miller said. “We’re all willing to work together with them to make this building that we need for the homeless a reality.”

Darryl Johnston, of Rochester, lives at the House of Mercy is one of at least a dozen homeless who plan to attend the meeting Thursday.

 

“I’m fighting for homelessness. I’m homeless,” Johnston said. “I can just imagine that if I did sleep in the garage and they threw me out in the cold, what would happen. We’re here to stand up for what we think is right.”

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MISSOURI APARTMENT OWNER AGREES TO PAY $20,000 TO RESOLVE DISCRIMINATION CHARGE

MISSOURI APARTMENT OWNER AGREES TO PAY $20,000
TO RESOLVE DISCRIMINATION CHARGE

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that the owner and management company of a Kansas City, Missouri apartment complex will pay $20,000 to resolve allegations they illegally refused to grant a tenant with disabilities’ request to have a live-in caretaker.

The Fair Housing Act requires housing providers to make reasonable accommodations in their rules, policies, practices or services when needed to provide persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to use or enjoy a dwelling.

“When it comes to residents with disabilities, the rigid application of the same rules you apply to others can result in the denial of housing opportunities,” said Bryan Greene, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “For over 25 years, federal law has required that housing providers make reasonable exceptions to rules or policies if they are necessary for a person with a disability to receive the same housing benefit others enjoy. HUD will continue to bring these cases to obtain relief for people and to educate the public about these rights and responsibilities.”

The Consent Order resolves a charge of discrimination that HUD filed in last September alleging that Brentwood Manor Apartments, L.P.; its management company, CE Real Estate Services, Inc.; and several affiliated management entities, violated the Fair Housing Act by refusing to waive a policy requiring that the tenant live in her apartment for six months before she could add someone to the lease.

HUD brought the charge following its investigation of a complaint filed with the Department by a woman who, due to her disability, needed someone to live with her to assist with her care before the requisite six-month period elapsed. The woman told the apartment management company that her sister was willing to move into the apartment and provide the necessary care. The woman’s doctor documented her need for the accommodation, but the management company denied her request. HUD further alleged that the woman was forced to vacate her apartment and move to different housing out of state because of the management company’s refusal to grant her request.

Under the terms of the Initial Decision and Consent Order, the owner and management company will pay the woman $20,000, adopt and implement a reasonable accommodation policy, and provide fair housing training for all employees that interact with tenants.

Persons who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed at www.hud.gov/fairhousing or by downloading HUD’s free housing discrimination mobile application, which can be accessed through Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

City of Rochester Issues Heat Sweep Due to Anticipated Extreme Weather

City of Rochester Issues Heat Sweep Due to Anticipated Extreme Weather Conditions

(Monday, January 6, 2014)  Mayor Lovely A. Warren today issued a Heat Sweep – in effect now until further notice – due to forecasted extreme low temperatures and conditions. A Heat Sweep is enacted when temperatures drop to below normal and it is anticipated that citizens may need shelter from the cold due to a variety of conditions such as power outages, closed or blocked roads and broken furnaces.

“We want to be sure that everyone is safe and knows what steps to take if they lose heat during this bitter cold period,” said Mayor Warren. “We are prepared to assist individuals and families in dealing with severe conditions.”The City’s Heat Sweep program, in partnership with the American Red Cross of Greater Rochester, will provide temporary emergency shelter at the following City Recreation and Community Centers:• Adams Street Community Center: 85 Adams St.;
• Avenue D Community Center: 200 Avenue D;
• Campbell Street Community Center: 524 Campbell St.;
• Carter Street Community Center: 500 Carter St.;
• David F. Gantt Community Center: 700 North St.;
• Edgerton Community Center: 41 Backus St.;
• Flint Street Community Center: 271 Flint St.;
• South Avenue Community Center: 999 South Ave.; and
• Thomas P. Ryan Community Center: 530 Webster Ave.During a Heat Sweep, the Red Cross is in contact with established shelters and community organizations to help meet the needs of the homeless.

The City is also reminding residents to limit the amount of time spent outdoors and cover any exposed skin, check on the safety of elderly family and neighbors, not to leave pets outside and never use stoves or other cooking appliances to heat your home.

City residents are asked to call 311 if they lose heat or would like to report a neighbor or family member who needs assistance during this time.

Coordinated Access Task Force Resource Page

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.

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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

COAT DRIVE NEEDS YOU!

Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 5.39.41 PM copyWe 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.

 

 

The Housing Council and PathStone Corporation join together to meet Rochester’s housing needs

The Housing Council and PathStone Corporation join together to meet Rochester’s housing needs

ROCHESTER, NY (October 2, 2012) – The Board of Directors of the Housing Council is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to negotiate a permanent affiliation with PathStone Corporation. PathStone will provide executive leadership and support to the staff and board while discussions are underway.

The Housing Council Board of Directors is “thrilled to develop creative, mission-driven partnership opportunities with PathStone Corporation that will integrate resources, improve administrative efficiencies and enhance our housing related services in times of great need,” states Chairperson, Karen Leonardi. “We are confident that we can negotiate the longer term affiliation agreement within the next few months.”

Stuart J. Mitchell, president & CEO of PathStone Corporation, says of the partnership, “the Housing Council has provided critically important services to Rochester and Monroe County residents for more than 40 years. Our two organizations have great respect for each other, and by creating a formal partnership, we can combine our expertise, talents and resources, further strengthening our capacity to address the housing needs of tenants, first-time homebuyers, homeowners and others.”

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.

“We are pleased that United Way can offer assistance to PathStone and The Housing Council as they seek to work together to face challenges being experienced by many not-for-profit organizations our community,” said Peter C. Carpino, president of United Way of Greater Rochester. “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.”
PathStone Corporation has appointed Susan Boss to serve as Executive Director of the Housing Council. “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 program for 5 years,” states Mitchell. “She brings a wealth of direct program knowledge to the Housing Council and will be an excellent bridge builder between our two organizations.”

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.

About PathStone
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).

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For more information contact:

Stuart Mitchell
585-340-3368
smitchell@pathstone.org

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Executive Director Position Description

INTRODUCTION

The Housing Council is one of New York State’s largest HUD-approved comprehensive housing counseling agencies.  We are 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.

Last year, The Housing Council served over 8,000 households throughout the region.

 

OUR MISSION

  • To strengthen our community one home at a time.
  • To assist homeowners, tenants, landlords and municipalities through education, counseling and research.
  • To promote fair housing awareness.
  • To be the comprehensive resource for all housing issues.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

 TITLE:  Executive Director

FUNCTION:  The Executive Director provides the vision and leadership to guide the daily management of the agency towards the goals of ensuring financial stability in order to deliver valuable services to its clients and the Greater Rochester community.

SUPERVISION:  The Executive Director with staff executes funder contracts and policies established by the Board of Directors.  The Executive Director is accountable to the Board.

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS:  At least six years of solid experience in a senior management position for a not-for-profit organization; housing-related experience preferred.  Must have knowledge of and experience working with state, federal and private foundation grant requirements. Demonstrated ability to manage and work effectively with diverse groups of individuals.  Able to structure tasks into work process to accomplish agency goals and objectives.  Has highly developed interpersonal skills and ability to cultivate and maintain effective working relationships with funders and potential donors.  Bachelors degree required with concentration in urban studies, public administration, social work or similar major preferred.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Implement processes and procedures to strictly adhere to grant and contract deliverables and program requirements.

 

  • Identify new grant and funding opportunities related to the agency’s mission and strategic plan.  Present well researched recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding programs, revenue opportunities, strategic initiatives and collaborative partnerships.

 

  • Develop and implement annual strategic plan to guide the fulfillment of Board approved objectives and ensure the financial stability of the agency.

 

  • Provide sound management over the annual budget and all financial resources.

 

  • Direct the day-to-day management of the agency and provide guidance and leadership to the staff.

 

  • Cultivate an empowered environment and create institutional values that inspire a culture committed to quality, integrity and mutual respect.

 

  • Undertake special projects or other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

OPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION:  Accounting, billing, budgeting, monthly financial statement preparation, insurance, human resource management and facilities management.

 

  • COMMUNICATIONS, BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  Agency relations, business development, education and training for constituencies, staff development, event coordination, maintenance of online and print materials and publications, social media outlets and public website.

 

  • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT):  Administration of system network, office software and devices and program data collection systems.

 

  • CONTRACT MANAGEMENT:  Prepare, submit and adhere to all grant application and contract deadlines and related contract maintenance.

 

  • PROGRAMS:  Deliver programs to targeted audiences in fulfillment of contract and funder requirements.  Strive to exceed expectations and provide a high-quality level in the administration and delivery of all programs and services.
Interested parties should send a letter of interest along with a resume to posting@thehousingcouncil.org.