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Permanent Housing

In addition to our three shelters, CFC offers permanent housing through its Lafayette Housing Program. Lafayette provides 13 safe, affordable apartments along with case management for families and individuals who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Supportive services, including life skill education, are available to assistance residents in their transitional to independent living. Residents may stay at Lafayette for up to two years.

The Homeless and Housing Program does not provide rental assistance or help finding help finding housing for people not being served in the program (other than to provide a list of housing resources)

Emergency Housing is available for up to 30 days for individuals who:

  • Are 18 years of age and older
Please Note: At the women’s shelters, female children of any age and male children who are eighteen years old and younger are accepted with their mother
  • Are homeless (as defined by NYS Department of Human Services)
  • Show a willingness to abide by the program rules

Transitional Housing is available on a contractual basis up to six months to individuals who meet the following admission criteria:

  • Must be currently homeless and/or a resident in a Homeless and Housing Emergency Shelter and not have any incident reports (except medical emergencies).
  • Complete a Department of Human Services (DHS) landlord statement and have a DHS 989 form returned.
  • Complete an H&H transitional application and complete the face-to-face interview with Supervisor of Client Services.
  • Participate in a minimum of 30 hours of program or work per week. This can be any mix of activities including school, employment, training programs, rehabilitation, volunteer work, etc.
  • Must remain abstinent of illicit substances for 30 days prior to admission.
  • Provide PPD results and a DHS physical exam form.
  • Residents must be willing to abide by program rules, including chores and curfew.
  • Clients must be 18 years of age or older.

FEES: Payment for Emergency and Transitional housing stays are based on a per diem agreement with the Monroe County DHS. Sliding fee scale is used with those who do not meet the DHS eligibility criteria. Services are never denied because of an inability to pay.

PROGRAM LOCATIONS: All locations are located within the City of Rochester. Specific information is available from program staff.

INTAKE PROCESS: A call to the Francis Center at (585) 423-9590 or any of our sites begins the process. If eligible, program staff will refer client to the DHS in order to secure approval for nights of stay.

After successfully completing the emergency application at DHS, DHS refers the client back to the program, usually for 7 days to start.

Within minutes of arrival at the shelter, clients are then introduced to program staff, oriented to the building, advised of the rules of the facility and assigned sleeping accommodations.

Program staff completes an intake evaluation within the first two hours, using a computerized format approved by the homeless housing network.

Residents meet with service manager within three days to develop a service plan.

Hospitality may be granted based on need and approval by the site Residence Manager.


  • Homeless & Housing Website
  • The Homeless and Housing Department conducts three fundraising events each year: