Rental assistance is available in Rochester New York and the greater Monroe County area. Several non-profits and charities focus on offering rent help to the low income, unemployed, elderly, and disabled.
Financial assistance can be provided in an emergency or crisis situation to pay rent to someone so they can avoid an eviction. Funds can also be used to pay for moving costs, security deposits, or other housing expenses in certain situations. Each agency will offer assistance at their discretion.
You will need to apply for the rental programs, and the Rochester agencies will have their own criteria that need to be met in order to determine if someone is qualified for housing assistance. In some cases, referrals are provided to government grants that may assist with back rent. If you need help in Rochester or Monroe County, call the non-profits or government programs below.
Salvation Army Rochester Area Services runs a program known as the Emergency and Family Services assistance. The main office is located at 70 Liberty Pole Way in Rochester, New York. The primary phone number is (585) 987-9540 x2238, and dial this number for Service/Intake.
Resources available include the Emergency Family Assistance Program. The non-profit has other resources too, including emergency security deposits and rent assistance. The funds will be paid directly to the applicants landlord. Financial assistance is available one time only to Monroe County individuals and is limited to when funds are available. You will need to also work with DHS Emergency Assistance worker to receive long term counseling.
Pathstone, which can be reached at (800) 888-6770, offers several programs for migrants only that meet low income guidelines. The aid is for workers in Monroe County New York. Among the services include shelter, free food and nutritional assistance, and emergency shelter. Other services range from first month rental assistance and money for security deposits. For Monroe County families facing eviction there may be rent in arrears assistance, mortgage and funds to help with utility bills in arrears. Most of the funding is one time only or may come in the form of a loan, and is not meant to pay recurring housing or other bills.
Monroe County Department of Human Services offers a number of emergency assistance programs that can offer low income housing, rent help, and grants for other expenses, such as heating bills. Many funds are provided by the government, and DHS staff can refer people to many other services and programs. 111 Westfall Road, Rochester, New York. Phone (585) 753-6000.
East Rochester Community Resource Center Program - Provides furniture, appliances, and cash assistance for paying rent, as well as household goods such as Bedding/Linen and Kitchenware. All programs are one time only. Referrals to local churches, charities, and government programs are provided too. 333 Chestnut Street, East Rochester, New York. (585) 586-0525
Rochester Department of Planning and Development Community Development Administration, dial (585) 7531003, runs the local version of the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. This federal government created and funded program can pay up to 18 months towards rent, utility and security deposits, and other housing costs, such as energy bills. Also clients can meet with a housing counselor for free advice to prevent an eviction and address other housing needs. Emergency Shelter Grants are offered too.
Rochester Housing Association, located at 675 West Main Street in Rochester, phone: (585)697-3602, runs the New York section 8 housing voucher program. This offers low income housing and affordable apartments and homes to renters.
Baden Street Settlement of Rochester, Inc. - Call them to apply for free food vouchers, emergency funds for paying rent or mortgage assistance, long term housing referrals, used or new clothing, emergency housing, medications, and holiday assistance. 152 Baden St., Rochester, New York. 585-325-8100
Southwest Area Neighborhood Association provides services rent help and support to residents of the zip codes of 14611, 14608, and 14619. They have a housing list of low income apartments, provide applications for SSI disability, DHS, and SSD, and other life skills. Other assistance includes rental payments, transportation, energy help, eviction prevention programs, and more. The address is 10 Cady Street, Rochester, NY, 14608, or dial 585-436-3090.
The Housing Council can provide information on low income apartments in Monroe County. The non-profit may also offer referrals to everything from government grants for paying back rent to legal aid to address tenant issues or security deposit programs. Location is 75 College Ave., Rochester, New York 14607. Phone (585) 546-3700.
The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, located at 1 Main Street, offers support to tenants. Residents can receive eviction defense or mediation with landlords to resolve disputes over rent or security deposits. The legal assistance is free to low income families, seniors, or the disabled. Phone - (585) 232-4090.
Another source of legal information on evictions, foreclosures, and housing matters is Monroe County Legal Assistance Center. Dial (585) 325-2520. They can help clients access government aid such as section 8, deal with landlord issues, offer referrals to rent programs, and more. The address is 1 W Main St #400, Rochester, NY 14614.
Webster Community Chest only assist families in the local town. Everything from utility bill help to funds or loans for paying rent or other expenses is arranged. The non-profit offers other homeless prevention services to the working poor when rental help is not available. Address is 1002 Ridge Road, Webster, NY, 14580, dial 585-671-2060.
Veterans Outreach Center of Monroe County helps military members, their families, and veterans. Dial 585-546-1081 for information. Applications for government rent programs, motel vouchers, moving or deposits costs, and more is available.
Catholic Family Center operates shelters in Rochester and offers emergency services. Funds can help pay housing expenses such as rent arrears and direct clients to transitional housing in Monroe County. The churches also offer basic needs such as clothing, medications, and rehousing or utility/rental deposit assistance. Call (585) 546-7220, x6801.
Homeless Services Network partners with dozens of agencies on eviction prevention and rehousing. Some tenants can get emergency money for paying their rent costs, while some can be provided legal aid or energy bill help. Rehousing services range from motel vouchers in Rochester to grants for paying utility or rental deposits, along with ongoing support. More on Monroe County eviction help and rehousing.
Another program known as Emergency Solution Grants can also provide rental assistance to Rochester New York and the greater Monroe County region. Several different non-profits and social service groups have information or applications for this federal government funded program.
Clients range from single parents to the disabled or low income with a source of income to pay future rent costs. Uses of the money can be for motel vouchers, security deposits, moving costs, rent, and more. The grants are limited, and issued first come and served. For referrals or to see if funding still exists, dial 585-275-5151.
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