Flower City Habitat for Humanity Rochester, NY    

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Who we are:

Site Supervisors - Erwin and Edwin Mageary
FCHH finished home construction.
Homeowner - Powell family.

Flower City Habitat for Humanity is a non-denominational Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard and poverty housing in Rochester, NY. Since 1984, Flower City Habitat for Humanity has built or renovated over 200 homes, and is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the northeastern US.

Habitat for Humanity Mission:

Seeking to put God's love into action Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

Habitat for Humanity Vision:

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

ALL Are Welcome:

Flower City Habitat for Humanity has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

How Habitat Works:

Flower City Habitat for Humanity builds homes and revitalizes neighborhoods in the City of Rochester, NY. We rely on the support of thousands of volunteers, faith-based communities, and businesses located throughout Monroe County. Working with the City of Rochester, we target the city's most desperate neighborhoods and select vacant lots upon which to build one-story homes. The city makes lots available to us through foreclosure and demolition of run-down or vacant properties.

Homes are built by several thousand volunteers joining us annually, who are trained and supervised by our professional construction supervisors. Financial support, materials donations, and construction services are provided by individuals, corporations and faith groups.

Our affiliate focuses on creating strong neighborhoods in which new homeowners are all stakeholders. A cluster of strong families working together, builds neighborhoods in which the sight of children at play replaces street crime and violence. Home ownership creates hope, stability and a better quality of life; and Habitat remains part of our homeowners’ lives, supporting the families if they are ever in need.

Engaging Homeowner Partners:

Habitat provides "a hand up, not a handout." Homes are purchased through a zero interest-equivelant, 20-30 year mortgage held by Flower City Habitat for Humanity.

Selection of homebuyers is based on a family's need for decent affordable shelter. A typical homebuyer's household income that is 30-60 percent below the median for the Rochester area, they have a willingness to partner with Flower City Habitat for Humanity, and are able to make mortgage payments reliably.

Each family contributes 450 hours of sweat equity -- half goes into building their own home and half into building other Habitat houses. New Habitat homeowners complete a series of classes and typically become role models for other homeowners in the neighborhood.




Flower City Habitat for Humanity
755 Culver Road | Rochester, NY 14609
Tel: 585.546.1470 | Fax: 585.546.1549