Housing Rehabilitation and Repair Programs

City of Rochester Housing Rehabilitation Programs

The City of Rochester offers a range of housing rehabilitation programs designed to support owners of residential property in the city of Rochester. The programs offered are funded by the City of Rochester, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant program, New York State Affordable Housing Corporation and HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. 

We accept applications for all our housing rehabilitation programs on a first-come; first-serve basis until program funds are spent. If you have any questions regarding our programs, or would like an application, please contact your local Neighborhood Service Center (NSC). Click here to locate your NSC office

The following is a summary of the available programs:

Emergency Assistance Program (EAP)

The City’s EAP program provides financial assistance to eligible owner-occupants who own a one or two family residential property to help with emergencies with furnace/boiler, hot water tanks and/or water service. Additional work may be authorized for the installation of a these items; however, the City reserves the right to cancel projects that have excessive costs that goes beyond the purpose of the program. 

Click here to download the EAP Application

Emergency Assistance Program Eligibility
  • Only owner-occupants can apply;
  • Applicants must be the owner of the property (You may be ineligible for the program(s) if the deed to the property lists multiple owners who do not reside in the property);
  • Total household income cannot exceed 80% of HUD’s MFI (guidelines change annually);
  • City of Rochester and Monroe County taxes must be current and not subject to foreclosure or if owner is on a tax agreement, owner must be current with payments throughout the entire application process;
  • Mortgage payments must be current and not subject to foreclosure

Housing Rehabilitation Program

The City’s Rehabilitation Program provides financial assistance to eligible owner-occupants who own a one or a two family residential property to help with home repairs. Assistance is offered in neighborhoods where housing development projects are located to eliminate blight and hazards. Eligible repairs include those to address lead-based paint hazards, health and safety hazards, code violations and other environmental issues.

Housing Rehabilitation Program Eligibility
  • Only owner-occupants can apply;
  • Applicants must be the owner of the property (You may be ineligible for the program(s) if the deed to the property lists multiple owners who do not reside in the property);
  • Total household income cannot exceed 80% of HUD’s MFI (guidelines change annually);
  • City of Rochester and Monroe County taxes must be current and not subject to foreclosure or if owner is on a tax agreement, owner must be current with payments throughout the entire application process;
  • Mortgage payments must be current and not subject to foreclosure;
  • Property owners must sign a Program Agreement, Note and Mortgage and maintain the property as their primary residence for five (5) years (except for the EAP program).

Owner Occupant Roof Program

The City’s Roof program provides financial assistance to eligible owner-occupants of single-family homes to help with roof replacement, gutters, downspouts, chimney repair or replacement, soffits and venting. Priority may be given to senior citizens (age 62 and older).

Owner Occupant Roof Program Eligibility
  • Only owner-occupants can apply;
  • Applicants must be the owner of the property (You may be ineligible for the program(s) if the deed to the property lists multiple owners who do not reside in the property);
  • Total household income cannot exceed 80% of HUD’s MFI (guidelines change annually);
  • City of Rochester and Monroe County taxes must be current and not subject to foreclosure or if owner is on a tax agreement, owner must be current with payments throughout the entire application process;
  • Mortgage payments must be current and not subject to foreclosure;
  • Property owners must sign a Program Agreement, Note and Mortgage and maintain the property as their primary residence for five (5) years (except for the EAP program).

Lead Hazard Control Program (LHCP)

The City’s LHCP program offers financial assistance to eligible homeowners of one to four family residential structure(s) built before 1978 located in the city of Rochester to remediate lead hazards. The purpose of the program is to remediate lead-based paint hazards in properties that have children under the age of 6 residing in the home in an effort to reduce the incidence of child lead poisoning. An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified lead testing firm will provide a lead-based paint inspection and risk assessment report that will identify areas in your home where lead-based paint hazards may exist. Example of eligible repairs may include window and/or door replacement, siding, porch repair or replacement, painting, and soil remediation.

  • Click here for a copy of the lead program homeowner brochure (Spanish version - here)
  • Click here for a copy of the lead program landlord brochure (Spanish version - here)
  • Click here for the HUD Income Limits
Lead Hazard Control Program Eligibility
  •  Property must be a one to four family residential unit located in the city of Rochester and in good conditions. Properties that are fire-damaged, structurally unsound or severely neglected are not eligible for the program;
  • Applicants must be the owner of the property (You may be ineligible for the program(s) if the deed to the property lists multiple owners who do not reside in the property);
  • Total household income for owner-occupants cannot exceed 80% of HUD’s MFI (guidelines change annually);
  • The total household income for tenants cannot exceed 50% of HUD’s MFI (guidelines change annually);
  • Owner-occupants must have a child or a visiting child under the age of 6. The owner must provide proof of child’s relationship by providing a copy of the parent and child’s birth certificate;
  • City of Rochester and Monroe County taxes must be current and not subject to foreclosure or if owner is on a tax agreement, owner must be current with payments throughout the entire application process;
  • Property owner must be current on mortgage payments and not subject to foreclosure;
  • Landlords are required to pay 10% of the total project cost;
  • Property owners must sign a Program Agreement, Note and Mortgage and maintain the property as their primary residence for five (5) years.
  • Property owner may not have received assistance for the lead program in the last 7 years.
  • NEW: Landlord Reimbursement Grant Program- COVID Response

Landlord Reimbursement Grant Program

In response to housing instability issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has launched a reimbursement program available to residential rental property owners. The program will reimburse the landlord up to $4,900 to make necessary repairs on a vacant unit which is then rented to an income eligible family.

Landlord Reimbursement Grant Program Eligibility
  • Funding must be used on a vacant unit;
  • Property owner is in good standing with code enforcement on all of their properties;
  • Property owner's City of Rochester and Monroe County taxes must be current and not subject to foreclosure or if owner is on a tax agreement, owner must be current with payments throughout the entire application process;
  • Property owner must be current on mortgage payments and not subject to foreclosure;
  • Property owner cannot be on the Federal Excluded Parties list
Reimbursement Requirements
  • Repaired vacant unit is now rented to new tenant
  • Provide a copy of an executed lease with the new tenant;
  • Tenant’s total household income cannot exceed 50% of HUD’s MFI (guidelines change annually);
  • Provide receipts for materials or contracted services purchased

Approved Contractor List

If you are a contractor interested in being placed on the City's approved contractor list for our repair programs, you are encouraged to complete a contractor application.  It is important that the application be completed in its entirety and that all requested documents are included. You may submit the application to our office located at City Hall, 30 Church St - Room 028-B. Minority and Woman-owned Business Enterprise are encouraged to apply. If there are funds available, the City may offer free lead training for contractors. If you have any questions, please contact our office at (585) 428-6102 or James.Patrick@CityofRochester.gov

  • Click here for a copy of the contractor application.
  • Click here for a list of the City's approved contractor list