According to the City of Rochester, there are now 2,162 vacant properties in the City.

Senator Schumer called on the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday to immediately approve the City of Rochester's Asset Control Area Renewal Agreement.

The agreement would give the city the right to acquire vacant zombie homes that the Federal Housing Administration has previously foreclosed on in order to rehabilitate and sell to first-time homebuyers.

“With over two thousand zombie homes plaguing the Rochester region, HUD must stop moving at zombie pace and immediately approve Rochester’s antidote to turn these zombie homes back into family homes,” said Senator Schumer. “Towns throughout Monroe County are struggling to get rid of these zombie houses, once foreclosed on - often becoming havens for problems that drag down neighborhoods. But with a strategy in place, HUD needs to wake up to prevent this zombie home apocalypse from sucking the life from Rochester’s neighborhoods. 

According to the City of Rochester, there are now 2,162 vacant properties in the City.

Through the HOME Rochester program, the City of Rochester uses its annual federal housing block grant funding to hire local contractors to renovate and rehab these former zombie properties and then sell them to new homebuyers.

Since 2003, the City of Rochester has rehabilitated over 750 vacant and foreclosed homes to sell to first-time homebuyers through the HOME Rochester program.