Proposed Amendments to the Rochester Housing 2018 Annual Plan and Admissions and Continued Occupancy

December 15, 2017

Proposed Amendments to the Rochester Housing 2018 Annual Plan and Admissions and Continued Occupancy


The Rochester Housing Authority announces a 45 day comment period to begin December 12, 2018 and ending on January 26, 2018 to solicit suggestions concerning an Amendment to the 2018 Annual plan and revisions to the Public Housing Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policies (ACOP).   A copy of the Amendment and ACOP Revisions may be accessed at the following website:   A hard copy version may be reviewed at 675 W. Main Street, Administrative office, Rochester, NY 14611 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

A public hearing will be held on January 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm at 675 W. Main Street, Rochester, NY 14611.   At the public hearing interested parties are encouraged to Sign in and speak for a limited time.  Those having lengthy comments should be submitted in writing to:   RHA, Attention:  Annual Plan, 675 W. Main Street, Rochester, NY 14611



Preference for Initiative to Eliminate Homeless

Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) plans to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Community Partners to address homelessness in Monroe County. Partners may include the Continuum of Care (COC), City of Rochester Monroe County Department of Human Services (County), and recognized Homeless Shelters.  

RHA will through the MOA make two-hundred (200) units of public housing available, as they become vacant for this initiative. The initial term for the agreement will be two (2) years. Persons placed on the waiting list from this initiative will be housed on a three for one basis. One referral will be housed for every three regular Applicants on the waiting list. Families with this preference will move up the waiting list accordingly.

Referrals will be received from partner shelter providers with verifications including (a) letter (on letterhead) verifying that the referral meets HUD’s definition of homelessness and that the family is compliant with shelter rules. A family is one or more persons.

Eighty percent (80%) of families housed will meet HUD’s definition of homelessness, and twenty (20%) will meet Monroe County Department of Human Services definition of homelessness. These families are called “couch surfers” and the target is to house families with school aged-children.


Disaster Relief Preference

Applicants that are involuntarily displaced from their permanent residence by a natural disaster resulting in the area being declared as a disaster by the President of the United States or otherwise formally recognized pursuant to Federal Disaster relief laws (through FEMA).  This occurrence shall be a Super Preference and shall take precedent over all other preferences of Applicants currently on the Waiting List for up to nine (9) months after the disaster is declared.