Making Progress Against Homelessness
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Rochester is five years into its 10-year-plan to eliminate homelessness.
Agencies like the United Way, the Homeless Service Network, and Continuum of Care say collaboration among the organizations is key to meeting the needs of the homeless that continues to change.
The city says that Rochester is the 51st largest Metropolitan Statistical Area in the country, but that the rate of homelessness is the 89th lowest among the top 100 largest MSAs.
The city is proud of that accomplishment.
"We have reduced the number of homelessness in our community significantly, but more importantly, we are breaking the cycle of poverty by getting them housed in quality housing and providing the them the tools to become useful members of our community," said Gary Mink, Continuum of Care.
The city says it has created 649 new affordable rental housing units since July 2006.