Action for a Better Community (ABC): Community Services

Address 2
917 East Main Street
City, State Zip
Rochester, NY 14605

Community Building in Action (CBA) was started in 2001 to engage and support neighborhood organizations and block groups throughout Rochester. As ABC interacted with residents, strategies were created to address the priority issues that emerged. Our mission is to provide training and services which allow individuals and resident groups to shape their environments and take a greater role in their community. The following projects have been created to support these efforts:  Neighbors ROC (Community Outreach and Support), Community Leadership Development (ongoing series of trainings), Rochester Walks! (partnership with the Center for Community Health to identify strategies to increase resident physical activity), Group Work Camp (volunteer based home improvement projects)


Emergency Assistance Repair Program (EARP):  Available to owner occupants in single family units.  This program focuses only on non-working furnace, non-working water heaters and broken water mains (Please call Rochester Waterworks first at 428-7500; they will confirm that it is a water main concern.)  Program requirements are owner occupant, must  be income eligible, must be current with taxes and a city resident.  Required documentation includes property deed, income verification for everyone in the home 18 years of age and older, last 4 consecutive pay stubs (weekly), last 2 consecutive pay stubs (bi-weekly), income tax statement and SSI/SSD income verification.  Please contact Jeanette Hernandez at 325-7550 ext 301.

Energy Conservation Program:   Our primary objective is to reduce fuel expenditures for the low-income household.   Our program conducts furnace efficiency testing where gas or oil is the primary heating source.   We clean and fine tune the furnace when efficiency is below 75%.  In some cases where efficiency is extremely low, a high efficiency model may be installed.  Heating and/or hot water tank repairs or replacements as approved by Housing and Community Renewal (HCR).   We install perimeter, attic and/or wall insulation, possible window and door repair or replacement.  Air sealing may include weather-stripping, caulking and/or repair of cracked glass and sash, sill and thresholds of doors and windows.   Possible refrigerator replacement as approved by Housing and Community Renewal.

Eligibility:  Services are restricted to homes in the City of Rochester.  We offer services to both renters and homeowners based on income guidelines.  Where renters are the occupants, the homeowner has to make an owner investment of a minimum of 25% of the cost of which all of the investment less 10% for construction management fees are used to assist in the weatherization costs.   Homeowners who meet the income guidelines are eligible for free services.   Eligibility for renters are based on the renter’s income, the application is a joint application between tenant, landlord and the agency.
Where to apply:  You may apply in person at 917 E. Main St.  Rochester, NY  14605  We are open for business from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, no appointment necessary however for optimal services please visit our office between the hours of 9:00 am - 3:00 pm weekdays.   In person interviews are necessary.
How to apply:  Interested persons/households may visit our office in person and bring the following documentation:

Income verification for the last 30 days, must be consecutive. Please click here for the 2011 -2012 income guidelines.
Identification for all household members.
Proof of ownership that identifies the property tax identification number, this number is found on the deed or a property tax bill, if you prefer to use a document that does not include this number please visit the City of Rochester website to get your property tax identification number.
Provide one year’s history of your therm and kilowatt usage from your heating supplier, or twelve (12) months of oil history.

Contact: 585-442-4160


The Lead Resource Center provides education, testing and technical assistance to all residents of Monroe County to address residential lead hazards.  By linking residents to available remediation opportunities we help create safe and healthy housing.

Target Population:  Services are available to all residents.
Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm, staff are available for evening and weekend appointments.
Location:  917 East Main Street, Rochester, NY  14605
Contact Information:  585-325-7550


Micrecycle is a volunteer-based program that refurbishes donated computers, and provides them at low cost to low-income families, individuals and organization.  Micrecycle is a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher.

Eligibility:   Micrecycle serves all low-income residents of Monroe County as well as those who serve low-income people, including agencies, organizations, day care centers, after-school programs, schools and more.
Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm; donation deliveries 9:00am - 4:30pm
Location:  49 Stone Street, Rochester, NY  14604
Contact:  585-224-4040 or or