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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

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 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

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

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