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Dinolfo Announces Selection of First House in County's 'Make Monroe Home Initiative'

Dinolfo Announces Selection of First House in County's 'Make Monroe Home Initiative'

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced the selection of the first house to be renovated under Make Monroe Home, the County’s program to transform ‘zombie’ properties into affordable, livable and energy efficient homes for local families. The house is located at 4611 Mt. Read Boulevard in the Town of Greece. It has been vacant for over two years, has been foreclosed upon by the County, and has failed to attract a private buyer at foreclosure auctions.

“Zombie properties aren’t just eyesores – they can be magnets for crime and blight, causing public safety issues as well as dragging down nearby property values,” said Dinolfo. “We are committed to addressing this issue in a tangible way - one abandoned property at a time, all while training the skilled trades workers of the future. Make Monroe Home is great news for first-time homebuyers, Monroe County neighborhoods and local workers. Together, we can build a brighter future filled with more jobs, better budgets and stronger families.”

Monroe County has selected the Greater Rochester Housing Partnership (GRHP) to partner in this program, providing construction oversight, environmental remediation, contractor selection and structural and aesthetic renovations to the house. GRHP will market and sell the house to eligible first-time home buyers and/or veterans of the U.S. military who have completed buyer education and have secured affordable financing.

As part of the program, Monroe County has established a workforce development partnership with BOCES 1 and BOCES 2, which will provide high school students with real-world, tangible experience working with local contractors in the skilled trades. Students will work alongside skilled trades for every aspect of the renovation process.

Dinolfo first announced Make Monroe Home in her 2018 budget address last November, providing additional details on the program in the May 2018 State of the County Address. Today’s announcement honors her commitment to have the program operational by August.

Make Monroe Home is funded with a $375,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as a $350,000 grant from the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC). Selection of the next project is already in progress.