Funding awarded to local organizations to strengthen housing initiatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHEC) — Congressman Joe Morelle announced funding on Wednesday to strengthen affordable housing initiatives in Rochester.

Through the 2022 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which Rep. Morelle voted to pass earlier this year, a total of $732,000 has been awarded to Rochester companies—$477,000 has been awarded to PathStone Corporation and $255,000 to NeighborWorks Community Partners by NeighborWorks America.

“Every single American deserves a safe and stable place to call home—sadly, that dream remains out of reach for far too many,” said Congressman Morelle. “I am grateful for the dedicated work of local organizations like PathStone and NeighborWorks Community Partners to uplift those in our community who need it the most. I was proud to help secure this funding and I look forward to our continued work together to expand affordable housing, revitalize our neighborhoods, and create jobs here in our local community.”

Rep. Morelle said in a press release that the money will be used to sustain and grow programs that help people find affordable housing, improve their financial wellness, and make other transformational changes. The grants will also address COVID-19-related infrastructure and capacity needs, as well as provide core operating support.

NeighborWorks Community Partners is a non-profit organization that aims to help communities through homebuyer education, financial fitness, post-purchase education, low-interest lending, home repair and rehab programs, lead paint testing, and home energy assessments. News10NBC featured NeighborWorks in a Rochester: In Focus episode in 2020.

PathStone is a non-profit community development and human service organization that assists with workforce development, health and education initiatives, community development, and housing services.

PathStone Development Corporation is the developer that is transforming the old Irondequoit Mall.