Flower City Habitat for Humanity Rochester, NY    

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Fast Facts about Flower City Habitat for Humanity

Habitat Facts

  • Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Flower City Habitat brings people together to build homes, community, and hope.
  • Flower City Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1984 by Roger and Barbara Cross as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, an ecumenical Christian housing ministry.
  • Since 1984 we have helped 221 families with decent affordable housing by building or remodeling homes throughout the city of Rochester.
  • Each year, nearly 3,000 people volunteer to help build houses under the expert supervision of our professional construction supervisors, who teach unskilled volunteers five days a week.
  • By building on vacant lots or rehabilitating abandoned houses, FCHH has placed over $9.3 million back onto the city and county tax rolls since 1984.
  • The cost of each house is covered by foundations, individuals, corporations, organizations, congregations, and some federal grants.
  • Eligible families earn between 35-70% of the median income for the greater Rochester area (at least; $23,940 for a family of four in 2016.)
  • Each family must contribute a minimum of 300 hours of "sweat equity" before moving into their home. Hours include house construction work, financial and other educational classes, and community service hours.
    • Example of educational classes include: financial literacy courses, how to buy insurance, home maintenance, safety & security, etc.
  • Homes are not given away for free; homeowners agree to repay a no-profit mortgage on their home.


More Than Building Houses
Flower City Habitat is much more than just building houses. We are responsible for:

  • land acquisition
  • family selection
  • residential construction
  • mortgage lending, servicing & property closings
  • family support & advocacy
  • volunteer recruitment, management & nurture
  • fundraising & development
  • public relations
  • business management, accounting & administration
  • event planning (house dedications, special events, fundraisers)
  • Christian ministry




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