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AFFORDABLE SENIOR APARTMENTS AND ADULT DAY CARE TO BE BUILT IN IRONDEQUOIT

  • Providence Housing Groundbreaking - Durand Sr. Apts.
  • Town of Irondequoit staff with Mark Greisberger
  • Residents of St. Salome at Durand Senior Apts. groundbreaking ceremony

Providence Housing to provide 70 units of affordable housing for seniors 55+.

IRONDEQUOIT, NY – Providence Housing Development Corporation and St. Ann’s Community are excited to announce that construction began in February 2018, for Durand Senior Apartments, a new affordable housing development for seniors age 55+, to be located at 4225 and 4250 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14622. A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Friday, February 2, 2018, with executives from Providence Housing, St. Ann’s Community, Irondequoit Town officials including Town Supervisor Dave Seeley, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, Senator Rich Funke, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, and representatives from New York State Homes & Community Renewal and Greater Rochester Housing Partnership. Durand Senior Apartments will feature 65 one- and five two-bedroom apartments. The premises will also house St. Ann’s Adult Day Service at Durand, which will provide medical and social adult day care services to the community at large. The apartments and adult day care facility will be built at the locations of the former St. Salome Church and former Durand United Church of Christ, adjacent to St. Salome Apartments, another senior property developed and managed by Providence Housing.

“There is a large need for affordable housing and services for seniors in Monroe and the surrounding counties,” said Mark Greisberger, Executive Director for Providence Housing, “Durand Senior Apartments will enable 70+ seniors to find a new, safe and affordable housing option in a great neighborhood and town that provides numerous programs for seniors.”

Michael E. McRae, President and CEO of St. Ann’s Community adds, “St. Ann’s Adult Day Services offer safe, supervised care and social opportunities for seniors while their caregivers are at work or handling other responsibilities. Having a program at Durand is a huge bonus and will benefit the entire community.”

Durand Senior Apartments will offer seven fully wheelchair accessible units, three units for hearing/visually impaired, and all apartments are handicap visitable or adaptable. Apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen, including Energy Star appliances, a spacious living/dining area, central air conditioning, individually controlled heat and electric, off-street parking, emergency call system, Intercom entry and elevator access. There will be laundry facilities on each floor, a community room, and outdoor courtyard for residents to enjoy. Applications will be available in July. For more information or to be placed on an interest list, please visit www.ProvidenceHousing.org/DurandSeniorApts or call (585) 529-9555.

St. Ann’s Adult Day Service at Durand will offer medical and social day services to eligible seniors. Some of the services to be provided include hot midday meals, exercise and wellness programs, and skilled nursing and health monitoring. For more information, visit www.StAnnsCommunity.com or call (585) 697-6000.

Providence Housing, a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, develops, finances and manages housing for individuals and families in the 12 counties of the Diocese including Monroe, Ontario, Yates, and Chemung. For more information or to donate, visit www.ProvidenceHousing.org.

St. Ann’s Community is Rochester’s leading senior housing and health services provider, with a tradition of quality care for older adults that began 140 years ago. They provide a complete continuum of care for seniors, offering everything from independent living to 24-hour skilled nursing. For more information, visit www.StAnnsCommunity.com.

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES $17.5 MILLION AFFORDABLE SENIOR APARTMENTS AND ADULT DAY CARE TO BE BUILT IN IRONDEQUOIT

Durand Senior Apartments to Replace Blighted Buildings with 70 Quality, Affordable Homes for Residents Over 55

Investment Complements ‘Finger Lakes Forward’ – Region’s Successful Upstate Revitalization Initiatives to Grow Economy, Create New Opportunities

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the start of construction at Durand Senior Apartments in Irondequoit, a new $17.5 million affordable housing development for seniors age 55 and over. Durand Senior Apartments will replace two abandoned churches with 70 affordable units, and will be the home of St. Ann’s Adult Day Service at Durand, which will provide medical and social adult day care services to residents and the community at large. The announcement complements Finger Lakes Forward, the region’s strategy for revitalizing communities and growing the economy.

“The construction of these new apartments furthers our efforts to increase quality, affordable housing across New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our seniors deserve a safe, affordable place to call home, and with the addition of the new Durand Senior Apartments in Irondequoit, we are supporting the transformation of blighted buildings while moving the entire Finger Lakes region forward.”

“This administration is dedicated to ensuring all New Yorkers have a safe and affordable place to live. That’s why we’re investing billions of dollars to construct and rehabilitate affordable housing developments across the state,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who attended the groundbreaking ceremony. “This senior housing project will provide a much needed inclusive living option for Irondequoit’s senior community and add to the region’s economic resurgence as part of the Finger Lakes Forward plan.”

The development of Durand Senior Apartments involves the demolition of two abandoned churches, the former St. Salome Church and former Durand United Church of Christ, and the construction of two new buildings. All apartments at the new development will be handicap accessible or adaptable. Durand will also offer seven fully wheelchair accessible units, and three units built for residents with hearing or visual impairments. Every apartment comes with a fully equipped kitchen, Energy Star appliances, central air conditioning, individually controlled heat and electric, off-street parking, emergency call system, Intercom entry, and elevator access. Each floor will house laundry facilities and residents will also have a community room and an outdoor courtyard to enjoy. Rent plus utilities will range from $463-$928 a month for income eligible seniors.

St. Ann’s Adult Day Service at Durand will offer medical and social day services to eligible seniors. Some of the services will include hot midday meals, exercise and wellness programs, and skilled nursing and health monitoring.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal provided $4.7 million in financing for the development, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits that will generate more than $13 million for the development. Additional financing includes $63,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development and $350,000 in Monroe County HOME funds.

This investment is part of the Governor’s unprecedented $20 billion, five-year Housing Plan, which is on its way to building and preserving 112,000 affordable homes across the New York. A comprehensive approach to addressing the state’s housing needs, the plan includes multifamily and single-family housing, as well as community development.

RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal said, “HCR’s $4.7 million investment in Durand Senior Apartments is another example of the Governor’s commitment to move the Finger Lakes forward and help seniors live safely and affordably in their communities. This forward-thinking development will provide not only homes, but a central place for Irondequoit seniors to gather with friends, enjoy a good meal, and access the health and wellness services that add to quality of life.”

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle said, “Far too many families and individuals in our community and across the state are struggling to obtain adequate and stable housing. That is why we must continue to aggressively advance projects and programs that address the affordable housing shortage and provide much-needed hope and security to the most vulnerable in our community. I am grateful to Governor Cuomo and the many government and community partners who came together to make the Durand Senior Apartments a reality and a provide our aging population and their families the peace of mind they deserve.”

Senator Rich Funke said, “Affordable senior housing continues to be in high demand throughout the Rochester area. I congratulate Providence Housing Development Corporation for adding these 70 additional units here at St. Salome in Irondequoit.”

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo “As County Executive and a long-time resident of Irondequoit, I am thrilled that Durand Senior Apartments will fill a growing need for affordable and accessible senior housing in our community. I am especially proud that we were able to play a role in helping to make this exciting addition possible by investing $350,000 in Monroe County HOME funds towards the development of the project. I thank New York State Homes and Community Renewal, St. Ann’s Community, and all of our partners involved for their commitment to this project and Monroe County.”

Irondequoit Town Supervisor Dave Seeley said, “Longtime Irondequoit residents have a deep desire to stay in the community they love, and the Durand Senior Housing development will help us diversify our housing stock to meet that growing demand. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York has made historic investments to provide quality and affordable housing in communities throughout our state, like Irondequoit. I applaud Providence Housing, St. Anns’ Community and all stakeholders involved for their hard work to see this exciting, transformative project come to fruition.”

Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The state has already invested more than $3.4 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in.

The region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The state’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here.

 

Help us help the homeless on ROC the Day – November 28th!

Providence Housing, in line with HUD’s guidelines, has adopted a Housing First approach. Housing First allows for the immediate placement of homeless individuals and families without having to have required documentation immediately upon admission to a program. The idea behind this is the importance of housing and the stability that it provides to address other needs once this basic need is met. After placement, participants, Housing Specialists, Case Managers and any other part of the client’s team, gather required documentation for program participation. Many of the chronically homeless in our community have been living in shelters or the streets for such a long time that they do not have the access or means to furnish their new apartments. In addition to lack of furnishings, our clients will be in need of household goods such as kitchen ware, linens and often food.

Our grant budgets do not often allow for assistance with these items, creating a further challenge to the success of transitioning into apartment living. In order to provide these items for our program participants, we depend on donations of furnishings from various organizations that are often also limited in funding. Other resources are often used furnishings that are not always of the best quality. We believe that having quality furnishings and goods further promotes the sense of being home for our clients.

For ROC the Day, we are seeking funds to help purchase these items as we do not have large storage facilities and this allows us to help individuals as they come to us. However, if you have furniture or other items you’d like to donate, please contact Donna Granger at 585-529-9556.

OUR GOAL FOR ROC THE DAY: $3,000.

This will allow us to help provide needed furnishings and household items for 20 individuals and families served through our homeless programs and Housing First initiatives. How many individuals can you help?

A $150 donation helps serve 1 individual or family.

A $300 donation helps serve 2 individuals/families.

A $450 donation helps serve 3 individuals/families.

A $600 donation helps serve 4 individuals or families.

Can’t donate $150? Donate whatever you are able. A smaller donation will make someone else’s donation go farther.

Two of our board members have made challenge pledges:

Daniel Saperstone will donate $300 once we have reached $750 in pledges. And Jeff Smith will donate $250 once we have reached $1,000 in donations. Our goal is to help 20 families or raise $3,000.

To learn more about our programs and services for the homeless and to donate, visit our ROC the DAY DONATION PAGE on November 28th and give what you are able.

 

 

ROC the Day Brings Hope for Continued Security at Son House

November 29th is ROC THE DAY

Meet Brendan. He lives at Son House and feels safe there. He’d like to keep it that way.

Brendan Lopa has been a resident of Son House for nearly two years and is grateful for his home and cat, life, and the supportive resources he has thanks to Providence Housing and others. Brendan and other residents are concerned about the safety at Son House due to a building that will be torn down next door. Look for Brendan’s story soon on our website at www.ProvidenceHousing.org.

The brick building you see in the background of these photos will be demolished by the city, leaving a huge gap in privacy and protection on our property.

Without an appropriate fence on this property, there is a big risk for trespassers to climb onto the property and access the building. We have contracted with Wholesale Fence & Rail Supply to erect a new, taller fence along the property line that attaches to the building. The cost is $2,415.

Providence Housing is participating in ROC the Day, the Rochester community’s 24-hour, online giving event that provides donors an opportunity to support not-for-profit organizations doing great work in the greater Rochester area. Money donated to Providence Housing will help pay for the fence at Son House.

For more information on becoming a ROCstar and to donate on November 29th, visit www.roctheday.org/event/ProvidenceHousingDevelopmentCorporation or call 1-800-242-0238.

The following challenge grant has been set up so far for ROC the Day:

1) Daniel Saperstone, of The Cabot Group, is a board member donating up to $250 to match the first $250 in contributions made by others. Our goal is to raise $250 or more by 10 am.

To donate to Providence Housing directly after November 29th, 2016, contact Debbie Bilotta at dbilotta@dor.org.

80 Day of Caring Volunteers Made Big Impact at Providence Housing

Volunteers from Six Companies Made Day of Caring a Priority

Providence Housing Development Corporation welcomed 80 volunteers for United Way’s Day of Caring in Monroe County on May 12, 2016, plus 10 additional volunteers are expected to help the non-profit organization by the end of June, all because of United Way’s Day of Caring efforts in both Monroe and Chemung counties. Five companies came back to volunteer after two to six years of service and one new company, First Niagara Bank & Trust, helped make a big impact on the properties and affordable housing communities.

  • Hyatt Volunteers at Rivendell Apartments
  • Canandaigua National Bank volunteers at St. Salome's Apartments
  • First Niagara volunteers at West Town Village
  • Paychex volunteers at Carlson Commons and Plymouth Manor
  • Voiceport volunteers at Holy Rosary Apartments
  • Closing USA Volunteers at Atwood Park Apartment with senior residents

Volunteers from various businesses, who wanted to give back to the community, worked outside on a gorgeous day off from their office jobs to spruce up Providence Housing properties and be productive in a different way — by doing yard work and cleaning. Ten volunteers from Closing USA and 20 volunteers from First Niagara Bank & Trust did weeding, mulching and planting at senior living properties Atwood Park in Gates and West Town Village apartments in Henrietta. A Paychex team of 15 volunteers helped beautify properties at Carlson Commons and Plymouth Manor Apartments in the city. This was Paychex’s fifth year participating in Day of Caring at Providence Housing. After a hard day’s work, they celebrated with lunch and a cookie cake. Three dedicated volunteers from Hyatt, who have helped at Rivendell Apartments for the past six years, returned to Providence in the Park Avenue area to “do whatever was needed.” A team of 20 volunteers from Canandaigua National Bank, who have worked with Providence for three years in Monroe and Ontario counties, weeded and planted flowers for the senior housing community at St. Salome Apartments in Irondequoit, while 12 Voiceport employees scheduled time in shifts doing yard work at Holy Rosary and Brown Street properties. This June, 10 volunteers are expected in Elmira at McNiff Commons through United Way of Chemung County’s Day of Action program.

“I’m really thrilled that we have volunteers coming back every year to join us on this day,” said Mark Greisberger, Executive Director of Providence Housing. “Hyatt and Paychex have been helping us for five or more years – they know the properties, ask to do special projects, and look to get the most done with their time.” Volunteers want to be busy and feel like they are making a real contribution. Kristopher Laughrey, volunteer coordinator for Day of Caring at Paychex, checked ahead to make sure there was “a sufficient amount of work that needed to be done” for his team. The Paychex Information Technology team out of Henrietta has worked on multiple Providence Housing properties over the years to maximize the volunteer impact on the organization.
Providence Housing’s mission is to strengthen families and communities by creating and providing access to quality affordable housing enriched by the availability of supportive services. Providence Housing develops, finances, and manages affordable housing for seniors, individuals with special needs, and families. Providence Housing is a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, New York.

For more information about Providence Housing and the services they offer, visit www.ProvidenceHousing.org. For volunteer information, contact Providence at (585) 529-9555. Like Providence Housing on Facebook to keep updated and see more photos at www.facebook.com/providencehousing!

Follow up your Thanks with one day of Giving for ROC the Day.

December 1, 2015 is ROC THE DAY

Many of us realize during this time of year how thankful we are for all that we have, including the roof over our heads and great friends, peers and loved ones who support us. There are also many people who are struggling to find a home and any support that gives them dignity. Growing numbers of individuals and families struggle to find safe, affordable housing throughout the year — the need for housing far outweighs availability. Providence Housing Development Corporation recently helped two families find a home, just in time for the holidays, but they need your help covering the cost of a new roof that made this possible.

Providence Housing is participating in ROC the Day, the Rochester community’s 24-hour, online giving event that provides donors an opportunity to support not-for-profit organizations doing great work in the greater Rochester area. Money donated to Providence Housing will help pay for a roof that was recently installed on one of their two-family properties in the city of Rochester.

Providence was able to finance the roof allowing two new families to have a home, but they are looking to attain funds to cover the cost of the roof, allowing them to focus on development and support services for their residents. For more information on becoming a ROCstar and to donate on December 1st, visit www.ROCtheDay.org/ProvidenceHousingDevelopmentCorporation or call 1-800-242-0238.

The following challenge grants have been set up for ROC the Day:

1) $200 will be donated to PHDC after the first $200 has been donated.

2) Mark Greisberger, Executive Director, will personally donate $200 for the next $200 donated to PHDC.

3) Daniel Saperstone, of The Cabot Group, is a board member donating up to $200 to match contributions made by his co-workers, friends and peers. In order to track donations for Dan, please comment on the PHDC LinkedIn page with the amount donated and “The Cabot Group” or e-mail PHDC’s marketing director privately at mwallace.cddesign@gmail.com.

To donate to Providence Housing directly after December 1, 2015, contact Debbie Bilotta at dbilotta@dor.org.

Group Home Residents Excited for Life Changing Opportunity

  • Pickering House
  • Pickering House Dining Room
  • Pickering House Family Room

Providence Housing and Catholic Charities Community Services provide new living experience for residents.

Providence Housing Development Corporation is proud to manage a new group home property in Penn Yan, Yates County, in partnership with Catholic Charities Community Services. Pickering House, named after Catholic Charities Community Services founding Executive Director Paul Pickering, is home to three new residents who recently took a big step forward to more independent living.

“We’re pleased to see the residents taking to their home so quickly,” said Debbie Bilotta, Property Manager for Providence Housing. “This is a great opportunity for them to live more independently. Providence is always looking for opportunities to help those in need find the best housing solution possible. That’s what we’re here for.”

Robin Hoppe, Program Supervisor at Catholic Charities, is thrilled for the residents. She said, “they were so excited to have their own house.” The residents previously lived in a group home that provided 24-hour/7 days-per-week supervised care. Ms. Hoppe added, “Catholic Charities staff will provide assistance with meal preparation, paying bills and other life skills as needed. The residents are happy to have reached the next step towards independent living.”

Providence Housing, a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, develops, finances and manages housing for individuals and families in the 12 counties of the Diocese including Monroe, Ontario, Yates and Chemung. For more information click here or to donate, click here.

Catholic Charities Community Services is a not-for-profit organization celebrating 35 years servicing the 12 counties of the Diocese and provides services for persons with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, those living with HIV/AIDS and significant health challenges. For more information, visit www.CCCSRochester.org.

University of Rochester Freshman Volunteer at Providence Housing for Wilson Day 2015

  • St. Salome senior housing gets help from Wilson Day volunteers
  • UofR Wilson Day volunteers at St. Salome for Providence Housing
  • Providence Housing staff at Wilson Day
  • Paul Wolk Commons
  • UofR Wilson volunteers at Providence Housing
  • UofR Wilson volunteers at Providence Housing - Paul Wolk Commons
  • Paul Wolk Commons resident
  • UofR Wilson Day students building plant beds
  • Volunteers re-potting plants
  • U of R Wilson Day volunteer organizes library at Paul Wolk Commons for Providence Housing
  • Volunteers planting mums in time for Fall.
  • Paul Wolk Commons resident helps organize volunteers

On Thursday, August 27th, 2015, Providence Housing was fortunate to have close to 20 volunteers helping at two properties – Paul Wolk Commons and St. Salome Apartments. Each year, the University of Rochester coordinates a volunteer day called Wilson Day that takes place during freshman orientation. It is a way for all incoming freshman to get to know their new community and help make it thrive, as well as get to know some of their floor mates from their residence halls.

At Paul Wolk Commons, property manager Donna Granger led small team of students on several projects. One student organized the library on the 2nd floor, making it easier for residents to find books that interest them. Outside, several students built two raised plant beds and planted flowers, while others weeded, re-potted and transplanted flowers and plants into the rest of the yard. They had help from a few residents who got into the spirit of volunteering.

At the same time in Irondequoit, at St. Salome Apartments, a large group of students helped paint inside one of the apartments, while others outside cleared brush, weeded and spruced up the property. One of our long-time residents enjoyed getting outdoors to talk with the volunteers.

Providence Housing always appreciates groups or individuals who can offer time to volunteer. There are always projects that need volunteers. If your company or group would like to volunteer for Providence Housing, please contact us at (585) 529-9555.

80 Volunteers Help Providence Housing in May-June Through Day of Caring

Rochester, NY – Providence Housing Development Corporation welcomed 63 volunteers for United Way’s Day of Caring in Monroe County on two different dates in May, plus 17 additional volunteers in June, all because of United Way’s Day of Caring efforts in both Monroe and Chemung counties. Eight different companies chose Providence Housing for their volunteer efforts and have already made a difference in the lives of many residents and staff.

  • Hyatt volunteers at Rivendell for 5th Year

 

  • Union Meadows
  • Canandaigua National Bank volunteers at Day of Caring at Providence Housing
  • Before photo of playground at Union Meadows
  • Union Meadow_Before_help
  • Union Park volunteers from CNB
  • CNB volunteers
  • CNB volunteers
  • CNB volunteers
  • Smiles abound
  • Fun with CNB
  • "I want you."
  • Good to take a break
  • Fixing the playground
  • Fixing the playground
  • Powerwashing
  • Making a dent in the pile
  • Providence Maintenance staff working at Day of Caring
  • Union Meadow_after_help
  • After photo of new stone at Providence Housing development at Union Meadows
  • Canandaigua National Bank volunteers

Volunteers from various businesses, who wanted to give back to the community, worked outside on a day off from their offices to do yard work and repairs to Providence Housing properties, something that is always more fun doing as a group. Seven volunteers from Closing USA and 12 from Concentrix did weeding, mulching and planting at senior living properties Atwood Park and West Town Village apartments. 10 young adults and teens from Hillside Children’s Services and Halpern Education Center, and 15 adults from Paychex, helped beautify properties at Carlson Commons and Plymouth Manor Apartments, including some much needed fence repairs and garbage pick up. This was Paychex’s fourth year participating in Day of Caring at Providence Housing. Three dedicated volunteers from Hyatt, who have helped at Rivendell Apartments for the past five years, returned to Providence in the Park Avenue area to spruce up properties and enjoy a celebratory cookie cake. A large team of 16 volunteers from Canandaigua National Bank, who could not attend Day of Caring on the 14th made special arrangements with Providence to work at Union Park and Union Meadows I on May 7th, while Voiceport scheduled time to volunteer on June 25th. Nine Corning, Inc. employees in Elmira, New York, volunteered at McNiff Commons through United Way of Chemung County’s Day of Caring.

  • Concentrix volunteers at West Town Village

 

  • Thank you Paychex for helping Providence for 4 years!
  • Paychex helps fix fence at Carlson Commons
  • Paychex helps fix fence at Carlson Commons
  • Thank you Halpren Education Center

“I think people really enjoy helping others and it says a lot about the companies who allow their employees leave work to volunteer with a non-profit agency,” said Marty Wallace, Director of Marketing at Providence Housing. “Working together to make a community stronger makes people feel more fulfilled. The happier and more fulfilled you are, the more productive you are at work.” It appears to make the residents happier as well. It is common for the senior residents to help prepare lunches and talk with the volunteers while they are working. Some residents even help with yard work. “We are always thrilled to have volunteers help us at Providence,” exclaimed Stefanie Glatz, property manager at West Town Village. “As with many non-profits, resources are limited, so volunteers make daily work for the maintenance and other staff easier to manage. And the residents love to see their ‘home’ look nice.”

Providence Housing’s mission is to strengthen families and communities by creating and providing access to quality affordable housing enriched by the availability of supportive services. Providence Housing develops, finances, and manages affordable housing for seniors, individuals with special needs, and families. Providence Housing is a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, New York.

  • Corning volunteers at McNiff Commons
  • Residents at McNiff Commons
  • Residents at McNiff Commons

 

  • Hanging the flowers at Atwood Park
  • Residents at Atwood Park
  • Residents at Atwood Park
  • Residents at Atwood Park

For more information about Providence Housing and the services they offer, visit www.ProvidenceHousing.org. For volunteer information, contact Providence at (585) 529-9555.

ROC THE SUN Crowdfunding Campaign a Success

Providence Housing Development Corporation and Sustainable Energy Developments (SED) recently completed a successful crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo, raising $3, 500 to help install an array of solar panels on their Son House Apartments property.

SED will award and install a 5kW array for Providence Housing as part of their Roc-the-sun giveaway contest won earlier this year. In order to cover additional costs associated with the installation, the crowdfunding campaign was put into action. Thanks to donors, the goal of $3,500 was attained. The money raised will pay for systems costs, construction racking, permit fees and other costs associated with installing the solar array. The project is projected to begin in late summer, 2015.

Solar energy will help Providence Housing minimize costs and focus on their mission. The array will be installed on Providence Housing’s Son House Apartments building, located at 539 Joseph Avenue in downtown Rochester. Son House Apartments features 21 one-bedroom apartments, resident community space, and an outdoor courtyard.

Providence Housing’s mission is to strengthen families and communities by creating and providing access to quality affordable housing enriched by the availability of supportive services. For more information about Son House Apartments, send an e-mail to sonhouse@dor.org.

Providence Housing Announced As Winner of SED ROC THE SUN Solar Giveaway

SED will donate a 5kW solar array to Providence Housing and organize a crowdfunding effort to add to the project.

Providence Housing Development Corporation is excited to be the winner of the ROC the SUN Solar Giveaway, a contest lead by Sustainable Energy Developments, Inc. (SED). SED will award the non-profit, affordable housing organization a 5kW solar array – a string of solar panels that will capture sunlight and convert it into usable energy – allowing Providence Housing to save money on electrical costs. SED has donated the equipment, labor, and expertise for the project. They, along with Providence Housing, look to the Greater Rochester Community, and beyond, to help raise the remaining funds needed to complete the project.

SED has organized a crowdfunding effort approved through Indiegogo to help Providence Housing cover additional systems costs, construction racking, permit fees and other costs. Donations from $25-$250 can be made online at www.indiegogo.com/projects/roc-the-sun-solar-giveaway.

This project will enable Providence Housing, committed to helping the local community, spend its allocated funding dollars more directly on its stated mission and services rather than its electric bills. Providence Housing strives to strengthen families and communities by creating and providing access to quality affordable housing enriched by the availability of support services. In 2014, Providence Housing celebrated 20 years offering better choices and more affordable housing opportunities for individuals and families in the Greater Rochester Area.

“We are excited and proud to ROC the SUN on our properties through Sustainable Energy Developments,” said Mark Weisberger, Executive Director at Providence Housing. “The solar array will help keep the electric costs down at our Son House Apartments property and allow us to focus on building human dignity through affordable housing and support services.”

SED Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Meaghann Schulte, said, “We feel that Providence Housing will be a great pilot project to illustrate how crowdfunding can work in renewable projects, and we hope to work with all the applicants who entered our giveaway contest in the near future.”

For more information about this project visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/roc-the-sun-solar-giveaway. Information about Providence Housing and SED can be respectively found at www.ProvidenceHousing.org and www.sed-net.com.

Providence Housing’s Celebrates 20 years of Affordable Housing Successes

Providence Housing Development Corporation hosted its 20th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, September 18th, at artistic venue Artisan Works. Executive Director John McDermott welcomed 200 community members, dignitaries, staff, and residents to the event. Providence Housing celebrates 20 years in affordable housing with gratitude for past successes and their focus on a future that includes further development and supportive services that enrich the lives of their residents and the community.

WHAM-13 News Anchor and Associate News Director Don Alhart was the event’s Master of Ceremonies and delivered a short program on the accomplishments Providence Housing has made since 1994 and goals to reduce the gap in the low availability versus increased demand in affordable housing. Executive Director John McDermott commented on the growing affordable housing shortage and indicated “while the number of low income units has seen little increase over the past 20 years, the demand has sharply risen – by nearly 50% since 1994, and is expected to increase further, to almost 75%, by 2024.”

 

Providence Housing announced two winners of the new prestigious “Maggie Bringewatt Affordable Housing Award.” Both winners have been tremendous assets to the affordable housing community, have dedicated years of time and resources, and continue to be committed to reducing the shortage of affordable housing. Andy Hislop, President and CEO of LECESSE Construction Services, Inc., the premier sponsor for the evening and winner, said, “We are committed, more than ever, to assisting in the development of affordable housing and providing innovative solutions to meet the need. It’s about human dignity. Everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to live.” Atlas General Contractors, a Gold Sponsor at the Gala and award winner indicated, “It gives Atlas Contractors great pleasure to build such quality housing for people in neighborhoods throughout the city. We love to see their expression when their families walk through the front door to their new dream home, which they never thought would become a reality. Thanks to Providence Housing for making their dreams come true!.” Both are invested in Providence Housing’s 20/20 Vision for the future. Additional pre-development efforts in the greater Rochester area, and in the entire country, are needed. Providence Housing’s future is focused on meeting more of that need and providing Shelter Plus Care and other support services for residents.

 

Providence Housing’s mission is to strengthen families and communities by creating and providing access to quality affordable housing enriched by the availability of supportive services. Providence Housing helps individuals and families within the 12-county region of the Diocese of Rochester.

 

Providence Housing History: Providence Housing founders envisioned a housing development corporation that would work closely with the faith community and Catholic Charities agencies, supporting those entities where a need for housing was perceived. Since 1994, Providence has secured greater than $135 million in project development funding from public and private sources and has created more than 900 units of affordable housing. This housing has been developed in collaboration with Catholic Charities agencies and other Catholic institutions throughout the Diocese of Rochester.

Providence Housing, a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, develops, finances and manages housing for individuals and families in the 12 counties of the Diocese. For more information or to donate, visit www.ProvidenceHousing.org/support.

PROVIDENCE HOUSING TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS

Providence Housing Development Corporation will host a 20th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, September 18th, at Artisan Works, 565 Blossom Road, Suite L, Rochester NY 14610 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. WHAM-13 News Anchor and Associate News Director Don Alhart will be the event’s Master of Ceremonies. A silent auction will feature over 60 “baskets” or items for bid. Money raised will help finance pre-development opportunities in the greater Rochester area and Shelter Plus Care support services for residents. The event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, beer and wine (cash bar), entertainment by the JazzNik Trio and a short program showcasing Providence Housing’s 20 years in affordable housing. LECESSE Construction Company, Inc. is the premier sponsor for the evening, along with Gold Sponsor Atlas Contractors, LLC and a number of others who have invested in Providence Housing’s 20/20 Vision for the future. Tickets to the event are $100. To reserve tickets, contact Debbie Bilotta at dbilotta@dor.org or call (585) 529-9555 by September 8, 2014.

  • Walt Disney World 4-Park Hopper Passes
  • Jachles Imperial Floors
  • Hunt Country Vineyards
  • MacKenzie Childs

Providence Housing’s mission is to strengthen families and communities by creating and providing access to quality affordable housing enriched by the availability of supportive services. Providence Housing helps individuals and families within the 12-county region of the Diocese of Rochester

Providence Housing founders envisioned a housing development corporation that would work closely with the faith community and Catholic Charities agencies, supporting those entities where a need for housing was perceived. Since 1994, Providence has secured greater than $135 million in project development funding from public and private sources and has created more than 900 units of affordable housing. This housing has been developed in collaboration with Catholic Charities agencies and other Catholic institutions throughout the Diocese of Rochester.

Providence Housing, a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, develops, finances and manages housing for individuals and families in the 12 counties of the Diocese. For more information, visit www.ProvidenceHousing.org.

Providence Housing Staff Participate in Chase Corporate Challenge

Back row: Kevin Gross, Christine Church, Helen Bianchi, John McDermott.  Front row: Debbie Bilotta, Renee Klatt

Back row: Kevin Gross, Christine Church, Helen Bianchi, John McDermott. Front row: Debbie Bilotta, Renee Klatt

On Thursday evening, May 29, 2014, a small group of staff from Providence Housing joined close to 10,900 others in the 24th J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, a 3.5-mile run/walk for the corporate community.

All four runners and walkers beat their personal goals for the event (which included just finishing)!  This was office manager Debbie Bilotta’s first race and something that “has always been on my bucket list.” “We’re very proud of her for doing something she has never done and surpassing her goal,” said executive director John McDermott. Bilotta ran four minutes faster than her planned finish time — quite an accomplishment! Special thanks go to regional property manager Christine Church and maintenance manager Kevin Gross who donated their time to help set up the tent and cheer on the participants.

In its 38th consecutive year, the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® Series promotes health and camaraderie in the workplace. In 2014, the Series will visit 13 cities in seven countries on five continents, looking to build on an all-time record attendance of 262,311 entrants from 7,969 companies in 2013.

What is next on the bucket list for Bilotta? White water rafting. It sounds like a great suggestion for the next team-building outing.

More than 60 Volunteered at Providence Housing Properties for Day of Caring

  • Large group of veteran volunteers from Paychex Henrietta
  • Resident Marisa Craig w/Paychex volunteers at WTV
  • Paychex volunteer pulling up weeds
  • Resident Pat Witt at West Town Village
  • Busy volunteers at work
  • Paychex volunteer at WTV
  • Resident Betty Watkins with teen volunteer
  • 5-year veteran volunteer team from Hyatt Regency at Rivendell
  • Volunteer Patrick Miller from Hyatt Regency
  • Resident Traci Meacham helping out at Rivendell
  • Teen volunteers at St. Salome
  • Residents Karen Gerrish and Betty Watkins at St. Salome had fun with the girls from Bloomfield
  • John McDermott speaks with teen PRIDE group from Bloomfield Central School District
  • Teens from Bloomfield at St. Salome
  • Teens at work at St. Salome
  • working in the memorial garden at St. Salome
  • Large group from RIT show their RIT Tiger spirit of volunteering
  • RIT volunteers hard at work at Carlson Commons
  • mulching at Carson Commons
  • volunteers at Carlson Commons
  • RIT volunteers planting at Carlson Commons
  • Volunteers getting fed at Carlson Commons Community Room
  • RIT volunteers at Carlson Commons
  • RIT volunteers at Carlson Commons
  • Henry digging in at Carlson
  • Planting flowers with a smile

Providence Housing Development Corporation welcomed more than 60 volunteers from Paychex, Hyatt Regency, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Bloomfield Central School District at various affordable housing communities throughout Rochester on May 8th, 2014 for United Way’s Day of Caring. Paychex returned for their second year at West Town Village in Henrietta and Hyatt for their fourth year at Rivendell Court in the Park Avenue area supporting Providence Housing. This is RIT’s first year at the Carlson Commons property, in the Plymouth and Exchange neighborhood, and students from Bloomfield middle school volunteered at the St. Salome community in Irondequoit. All volunteers helped with spring cleanup on the properties alongside staff and residents.

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Team of 13 from Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Assist with Clean up at Shortsville Commons

  • Group from Canandaigua National Bank at Ontario Cty Day of Caring
  • CNB volunteers in Shortsville
  • Almost done
  • Cleaning windows at Shortsville Meadows
  • Trimming bushes
  • Having fun doing spring clean up
  • Mulch and more mulch
  • Cleaning up entrance
  • Group at Day of Caring at Shortsville Meadows

Shortsville Meadows, located at 45 East Avenue in the village of Shortsville, attracted a team of 13 volunteers from Canandaigua National Bank & Trust (CNB) to assist with Spring clean-up through the United Way’s Day of Caring on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Volunteers worked with staff and residents of Providence Housing Development Corporation at Shortsville Meadows raking, mulching, and cleaning the residential community.

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Providence Housing Holds Ribbon Cutting for Son House Apartments

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Monday, February 24th at 10:30 a.m. at 539 Joseph Avenue to highlight the completion of the construction and opening of Son House Apartments, a quality, affordable housing development. Son House Apartments was made possible through the funding provided by New York State Homes & Community Renewal, New York State Homeless Housing & Assistance Corporation, City of Rochester, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, NYSERDA, and First Niagara.

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Providence Housing awarded grant from Federal Home Loan Bank of New York

January 27, 2014 — A $241,625 grant has been awarded to Providence Housing Development Corporation for the Son House Apartments project. Son House was a famed blue musician who lived in Rochester much of his life and also struggled with homelessness. The Son House Apartments, a 4.1 million building on Joseph Avenue in Rochester project provides 21 permanent supportive housing apartment units for individuals struggling with homelessness. The first floor also includes space for offices for The Catholic Family Center.

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Celebrating the opening of Holy Rosary Apartments

Providence Housing Development Corporation (Providence Housing) will celebrate the opening of Holy Rosary Apartments on Wednesday, November 6 at 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The former Holy Rosary parish campus at 414 Lexington Ave., Rochester has been converted into a vital community center for the neighborhood and the former school, convent and rectory now house 35 beautiful, affordable housing apartments. The redevelopment also includes the construction of 25 new single-family rental homes throughout the Edgerton Neighborhood.

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Let’s Play Grants

KaBOOM! and Dr Pepper Snapple Group have awarded Providence Housing Development Corporation two Let’s Play Maintenance Grants. Each $750 grant will be used to maintain and improve play spaces at their affordable housing family communities; Holy Rosary Apartments on Lexington Avenue, Rochester and Union Meadows, North Chili. The play spaces provide quality, fun and safe play opportunities for the children at these housing communities.

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