Housing Development

The City of Rochester’s Housing Policy (adopted in 2008), calls for the city to engage stakeholders and foster public/private partnerships that improve neighborhoods, create healthy real estate markets, stabilize and enhance the tax base, and provide a broad array of housing options to address the needs of diverse households. The Neighborhood and Business Development (NBD)'s Housing Division supports implementation of the Housing Policy through several areas of focus. 

Sustainable Home Ownership 

The Housing Division works to promote sustainable and affordable home ownership in Rochester by:

Preventing and Addressing Homelessness 

The Housing Division works closely with local homeless service providers, housing providers, and funders to prevent homelessness, rapidly re-house individuals and families who become homeless, and support appropriate services available for individuals and families facing homelessness by:

Affordable Housing Development 

The Housing Division works with developers, rental property owners and managers, as well as community-based organizations to create and sustain affordable, supportive, senior, and mixed-income housing developments in Rochester. The City provides gap funding to sustain or create new affordable housing developments through an annual competitive RFP process, which the Housing Division coordinates.   

 Recently completed projects include:   

  • Eastman Gardens (formerly the Eastman Dental Dispensary)
  • Wedgepoint Apartments
  • Lake Ravine Apartments

Projects currently under development include:   

  • Upper Falls Square
  • Warfield Square

Celebrate City Living – Find a neighborhood to grow in! 

The Housing Division plays an integral role in the community coalition behind Celebrate City Living, an exciting new year-round initiative that promotes all the great reasons to live in the City of Rochester and its diverse neighborhoods through:

  • Online resource center Neighborhood descriptions, properties for sale and rent, events, and blog posts –  as well as year-round complimentary web presence via social media on Facebook,  Instagram, and Twitter (join the conversation using #celebratecityliving).
  • Annual city-wide housing and neighborhood information expo, plus 3-4 community events highlighting different neighborhoods throughout the year for face-to-face opportunities to meet people and learn what makes Rochester such a great place to live and grow.   

Plans and Studies 

The Housing Division works with community partners and other city staff teams on a variety of housing and neighborhood development studies and plans, some citywide and others within specific neighborhoods.

Related City Pages 

The Housing Division works closely with many other staff teams within Neighborhood and Business Development (NBD), as well as throughout city government. Below are links to some of the teams we work most closely with, as well as to pages closely related to our housing work and neighborhood improvement goals: 


Other Local, State, and National Partner Agencies 

The Housing Division works with a wide variety of individuals and partner organizations to fulfill its mission. Some of our other regular partners include the following local, state, and federal agencies: