|Roselyn Carter, dedicating Flower City Habitat's first house in 1985.
In 1984, Roger and Barbara Cross founded Flower City Habitat for Humanity in Rochester, NY. Our first project involved moving a house from Wilson Boulevard to Cady Street.
In our first few years, we built only one or two houses a year.
Flower City Habitat now builds seven to ten homes every year, and in 2013 we completed our 200th Habitat house in Monroe County, NY. Our work has resulted in the addition of over $6.5 million of property to the city tax rolls. Past neighborhood projects include the rebuilding of Cuba Place, Fulton Avenue, Brown Street, Trust Street, and Hoeltzer Street. Our current focus is the JOSANA neighborhood near Rhino's Stadium.
Our affiliate has grown and enjoyed tremendous success over the past years, thanks to the thousands of generous people in our community who have volunteered countless hours to build homes with us. Our community has been equally generous with donations of cash, as well as in-kind services and materials. Companies large and small, faith-based communities, civic groups and organizations and many individuals have all played a vital role as partners with us to sponsor homes, raise funds and support Habitat's mission of eliminating poverty and substandard housing in the City of Rochester. It has never been so true: "We can't build without you!"