Rochester, New York — February 3, 2015. Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature expressed their pleasure with Buckingham Properties’ willingness to open a vacant warehouse to homeless people downtown complete with heat and bathrooms. While not a long term solution, given the recent stretch of cold weather coupled with a snowstorm, it is an important step to keep people safe after their removal from other sites downtown.
“The work the City and County have put into finding a safe place for this vulnerable population is commendable,” Legislator Willie Joe Lightfoot (D-Rochester) said. “We have worked closely with the House of Mercy and other advocates during this process to try to find a suitable solution for both the short term and the long term. This takes care of the short term while we keep working on the long term solution.”
Legislator Cynthia Kaleh (D-Rochester) offered her praise as well. “This shows what we can accomplish when we work together on a common goal. While there is much more work to be done, I think we can all be grateful to Buckingham Properties for helping get these folks out of the harsh winter weather. This is yet another example of Buckingham and the Glazer family’s commitment to our community, and downtown specifically.”
While homelessness has been, and will be, an ongoing and challenging issue, the removal of homeless people from the Civic Center Garage left many people in danger of being without any type of shelter for what has been a cold winter so far.