New Place For Homeless?

- The House of Mercy says it may have found a new place to house Rochester's homeless population.

On the corner of North Clinton Avenue and Cumberland Street sits a building for sale.

"We will be able to put beds in there and it will be open 24 hours so the homeless can go in and out as they please like they have been living," Sister Grace Miller said.

Sister Grace Miller at the House of Mercy says it would be a new space for the homeless used to living in the Civic Center Garage. By spring, they are expected to be kicked out of that garage. The new building would cost about $159,000, but there are a number of hurdles.

"It's zone center city and we are asking for a residential homeless facility but don't know how long it could take and don't want the homeless outside until we can get through the process," she said.

The city says it has met with Sister Grace.  

"We have availed her of city resources, walked through the process. The city is committed to working with them and any obstacles they may face. We are there to provide technical support for her," city housing director Spencer Ash said.

She says funding will also be an issue and is asking the community for help. The county says it is too early to talk about the plans at this time. The city says temporary housing could also happen.

"I think it's important to know that the option isn't whether to get a building," Ash said.

Sister Grace says she does not plan to give up until the homeless get some kind of home. 

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