Rochester Safe and Efficient Homes Initiative

In 2015, the New York State Attorney General's office allotted $1 million to help city of Rochester homeowners live in safer, healthier, and more energy-efficient homes. This was the beginning of the Rochester Safe and Efficient Homes Initiative (RSEHI). 

Grants or loans are made to qualified homeowners for improvements that include insulation, furnaces, hot water heaters, new windows and doors, removal of lead paint hazards, or emergency repairs. This collective impact effort, which involves many community partners, has resulted in better physical and mental health outcomes, health- and wealth-building, reduced healthcare costs, foreclosure prevention, and neighborhood stabilization.

This work so far has helped make the homes of 200-plus low-income homeowners in the City of Rochester healthier and more energy efficient.

On average, homeowners who have received this assistance are seeing a 24 percent reduction in energy costs. These updates have helped to keep an estimated 1,500-plus tons of carbon (greenhouse gas emissions) from entering the atmosphere.

Follow-up conversations with RSEHI clients also find 100 percent with pre-existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma and COPD, report significantly reduced symptoms.

RSEHI collaborates with community partners to accomplish this meaningful work. These partners include: Action for a Better Community; City of Rochester; Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning; Common Ground Health; Lifespan of Greater Rochester; Monroe County Department of Public Health; Monroe County Office on Aging; Neighborworks Rochester; PathStone Corp.; Rochester Housing Authority; Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester People's Climate Coalition; and University of Rochester.

Am I Eligible?

Homeowners can check to see if they qualify by scheduling a free energy audit with one of RSEHI's program partners and learning more about saving money on heating and cooling bills. Contact one of the following to schedule the energy audit:

How You Can Help

Anyone can make a difference in the lives of area residents and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our community by making a tax-deductible donation to RSEHI. Click here to make a secure online contribution.

For more information, contact RSEHI Program Coordinator Elizabeth McDade. Email Elizabeth or call her at 585.341.4362.

PHONE 585.271.4100 | FAX 585.271.4292 |
500 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

PHONE 585.271.4100 | FAX 585.271.4292 |
500 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607


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