This ACA program runs on 2-year agreements, the most recent of which Schumer says ran out earlier this year.
“This February they didn’t renew it. Not just for Rochester but also for several other cities that are affected, including Denver, Colorado, Santa Ana, California. And now they can’t do anymore of this rehab until HUD renews it. We’ve called HUD over and over again and they’re dragging their feet.”
Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello says there are an estimated 1,000 zombie homes across the county, in addition to the city properties.
He says vacant homes bring crime into neighborhoods and negatively influence surrounding property values, and that rehabbing them is fundamentally an issue of fairness.
Any construction work or projects to revive these homes are on hold until the agreement is renewed once again.