Flower City Habitat for Humanity, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and local leaders celebrated on Saturday the completion of the 250th home built or renovated by FCHH in the Greater Rochester area since the organization’s founding in 1984.
The completion of the home at 375 Campbell St., made possible by the support of Excellus BCBS, symbolizes a significant milestone in the organizations’ commitment to revitalizing Rochester’s low-income neighborhoods and creating safe, affordable homeownership options for families in need, officials said.
“We are humbled by the knowledge that our organization has provided housing to over 250 Rochester homebuyers over the past 38 years,” said Matthew Flanigan, CEO of Flower City Habitat for Humanity. “Thanks to generous sponsors like Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, we look forward to continuing our neighborhood revitalization efforts through creating more opportunities for families to achieve homeownership.”
Habitat Homeownership not only helps low-income families build generational wealth and improve health outcomes, but it also provides a safe environment for children of families in need to complete their education and secure a better future. Demonstrating a commitment to the success of Rochester’s youth, 100 of the FCHH’s 250 completed homes have been built in the JOSANA neighborhood – within a half-mile of Enrico Fermi School #17.
The Habitat Homebuyer program is committed to providing members of the community with a lack of resources a hand up, not a handout, including financial literacy training and coaching to support successful financial health and homeowner outcomes. All homebuyers are also offered home maintenance classes to ensure overall preparedness for homeownership and the continued beautification of Rochester’s neighborhoods.
“Reaching the incredible milestone of 250 homes built is a clear demonstration that Flower City Habitat for Humanity is committed to helping the people of Rochester achieve success through affordable home ownership,” said Rochester Mayor Malik Evans.
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