Connections: Rehabbing vacant homes to give families a new start
Several nonprofit organizations are teaming up to help provide housing options for people in need, while reducing the number of so-called zombie homes in Rochester. Flower City Habitat for Humanity has launched its Vacant and Abandoned Homes pilot program with the City of Rochester.
According to a report released last summer, there were about 600 vacant and abandoned homes around Monroe County, which contributed to a more than $11 million loss in property values. But the program goes beyond the numbers; it’s giving families a new start.
We talk with two new homeowners who are part of the program, and learn how it is helping to reduce poverty in Rochester. In studio:
- Matt Flanigan, president and CEO of Flower City Habitat for Humanity
- Rene Hagins, homeowner
- Myeisha Wesson, homeowner