News Release - Mayor Malik D. Evans Receives Recommendations From Housing Quality Task Force

City of Rochester

News Release 

(Tuesday, June 27, 2022) – On Thursday, June 23, one day before its 90-business-day deadline, Rochester’s Housing Quality Task Force delivered its final recommendations to Mayor Evans.

The 21-member task force included a broad spectrum of subject-matter experts, who worked together over the 19 weeks to compile its final recommendations. Mayor Evans requested that this group focus on housing quality recommendations that City Hall could implement in the short- and immediate-terms.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to the members of the Housing Quality Task Force for their dedication and commitment to the process,” said Mayor Evans. “I fully embrace these recommendations and am already moving forward assigning tasks to City teams, who will define milestones and begin implementation immediately.”

The final report includes 16 recommendations across five topics: code enforcement; facilitating responsible ownership through the City’s Land Bank, foreclosures, and a building registry; repair and improvement programs; increasing the supply of quality housing; and improving communication and education.

“Our task force discussions were lively, and generated ideas that fueled our recommendations to the Mayor, as well as topics with significant merit that did not fit our charter,” said Task Force Co-Chair and RMAPI Executive Director Aqua Porter. “So while the Mayor moves some of the initiatives forward at City Hall, we have captured the additional topics, and will work to ensure other community stakeholders continue those conversations and move other important efforts forward.”

For more information and a copy of the final task force recommendations, visit www.CityOfRochester.gov/HQTF.

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