Housing Rehabilitation and Repair Programs

City of Rochester Housing Repair Programs

The City of Rochester offers a diverse range of housing repair programs designed to support homeowners who own residential property in the city of Rochester.  The City seeks community input for program planning through its annual consolidated plan process to ensure that services provided are most effective in meeting the demands of our residents. Applications for all programs are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the program(s) funding has been expended. 

Below is a summary of the programs offered by the City.  The programs are funded by the City of Rochester, the Department of 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.

Applications for all programs are available at the City's four Neighborhood Service Centers. 

All applications must be received via mail or dropped of in the secure drop box at one of the City's Neighborhood Service Centers (NSC). Click here to locate your NSC office

If you have questions regarding our programs, please contact our office at (585) 428-6963 or visit us at City Hall, 30 Church St, Room 028B.

NEW: Landlord Reimbursement Grant Program- COVID Response

In response to housing instability issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has launched a new grant program available to residential rental property owners. The program will reimburse up to $2,000 in cosmetic repairs and maintenance necessary to prepare a vacant unit to be rented and help ensure sufficient supply of available housing units. Pre-qualification is required before work can begin, or it will be ineligible for reimbursement. To qualify for reimbursement the unit must also be rented to a household with verified income at or below 60% of the Area Median Income. This equates to an income of $32,100 for a one person household, or $45,840 for a four person household. Funding is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Click the links below for more info and how to apply:

Emergency Assistance Program (EAP)

The City's EAP program provides financial assistance to address emergency situations related to the repair or replacement of furnace/boiler and/or hot water tanks to eligible owner-occupants who have owned and lived in the property for which assistance is being sought for at least one year preceding application.  Owner-occupants of a two family residence may qualify for assistance only for the unit occupied by the property owner.  Additional work necessary for the installation of a furnace/boiler and/or hot water tanks may be authorized; however, the City reserves the right to cancel projects which have excessive costs that goes beyond the purpose of the program.

Click here to download the EAP Application

Housing Rehabilitation and Repair Program

The City's Rehabilitation and Repair Program provides financial assistance to eligible owner-occupants who own a one or a two family residential property to help make repairs to their homes.  Assistance is offered to areas where the most gain can be achieved as identified in the City's Housing Market Study to support neighborhoods where housing development projects are located and to mitigate blight and hazards city-wide.  Eligible repairs include those to address lead-based paint hazards and health and safety hazards.

Owner Occupant Roof Program

As the City's housing stock continues to age, roof replacement becomes an increasing concern for many property owners.  We understand that replacing a roof can be expensive and if neglected, can lead to serious interior and exterior issues caused by water infiltration which can jeopardize the habitability of the property.  The program provides financial assistance to eligible owner-occupants of single-family homes for roof replacement, gutters, downspouts, chimney repair or replacement, soffits and venting.

Lead Hazard Control Program

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.  The program offers financial assistance to eligible homeowners of one to four family residential structure(s), pre-1978, located in the city of Rochester.  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.  The program funds will assist to remediate those hazards.  Example of repairs to be addressed include: window and/or door replacement, siding, porch repair or replacement, paint stabilization and soil remediation.  Landlords are required to contribute 10% of the total rehabilitation cost and agree to rent units to low/moderate income families for a period of five (5) years from the date of assistance.  Further, the rents cannot exceed the fair market rents.

  • 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 residential unit located in the city of Rochester and in good condition. Fire-damaged, structurally unsound or severely neglected properties are not eligible.
  • Applicant(s) 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).
  • The total household income for owner-occupied properties cannot exceed 80% of the area median income based on family size and for rental properties, the tenant's total household income cannot exceed 50% of the area median income.  (See current income guidelines above).
  • Owner-occupants must have a child or visiting child under the age of 6.  For visiting children, owner must demonstrate relationship of the child by providing a copy of the parent and child's birth certificate.
  • Landlords are required to contribute 10% of the total project cost.
  • Property owner may not have received assistance for a lead hazard control program funded by the City of Rochester in the past 7 years. 
  • City of Rochester water bill and property taxes, as well as Monroe County taxes, must be current and not subject to tax foreclosure, or if 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.
  • Owner(s) must sign a Program Agreement, Note and Mortgage as well as maintain the property as their primary residence for five (5) years to secure the program funds.

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) 428-6963 or Conrad Floss at Conrad.Floss@cityofrochester.gov.

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