The county said it will donate furniture, meals, personal care products, toiletries, linens, and cleaning supplies to Rochester Emergency Action Committee’s temporary shelter at 80 Prince St.
According to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, Monroe County Legislature Vice President Anthony Daniele (R-Pittsford) has been responsible for securing the funds.
“The county remains committed to ensuring that appropriate emergency housing is available, especially during the cold winter months,” Brooks stated. “I would like to thank Legislature Vice President Anthony Daniele for stepping up, and helping to foster this important partnership with REACH. By working together, we will continue to fulfill our vital responsibility to provide assistance to those who are the most vulnerable in our community.”
The county said it would provide the items to REACH based on its greatest need for each individual donation.
“I’m proud to have served in the effort to help find an innovative solution to leverage Monroe County’s resources in conjunction with REACH volunteers to help serve this vulnerable population,” Daniele stated. “We know that icy temperatures are on the way, and Monroe County remains committed to making sure that Rochester’s homeless population has access to food and shelter this winter.”
REACH, a coalition of religious and community groups, is slated to provide emergency shelter, as well as professional services including intake process and assessment, case management, referrals to drug and alcohol counseling, health care services, mental health services, and pathways to stable housing, until May.
The group initally sought a cash donation from the county, which the county had denied due to its concerns over REACH’s process for handling issues regarding drug and alcohol abuse.
However, following REACH’s closure, House of Mercy is scheduled to begin operating a homeless shelter next winter. REACH’s shelter currently houses about 30 individuals.