Medical Office Building Could Become Housing For Homeless In Rochester

Jan 11, 2018

A public housing complex for people who are chronically homeless could open in Rochester later this year.

Last year, a doctor in Rochester donated her old medical office building to the Rochester Housing Authority.

Stacey Price, director of the housing authority, says they’re hoping to transform the space into 8 housing units for people who are chronically homeless.

“We see people all the time coming in to apply for housing and they’re in desperate need now and unfortunately with public housing, our waiting lists are 2-plus years. So their options are shelters or moving in with family members and couch surfing.”

The plan also calls for social services to be offered inside the building. Some of the groups that would provide those services have come together recently at a short-term emergency warming shelter in Rochester.