Four Rochester families will soon have a permanent home. The homes will be sold to low income, first time home buyers. Today, the Greater Rochester Housing Partnership broke ground on the four houses with support from local and state leaders. Right now, the vacant lots sit on Straub and Pierpont Streets in the Dewey-Driving Park neighborhood. By the end of the project, a total of nine houses will be built through "Neighborhood Builders" in different parts of the city.
City leaders say the houses will give families the opportunity to establish roots in a neighborhood that was once known for crime.
Del Smith, the Neighborhood and Business Development Commissioner, said, "An opportunity to actually impact crime statistics in a positive way because you have people now who are looking out to see whose in the area, whether they belong there or not, and to actually have an opportunity to interact and engage with police if they see there is activity that is not conducive to maintaining their investment in their area."
The Greater Rochester Housing Partnership received $120,000 dollars from the state. The four houses should be ready for new owners by December.
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