Participatory Budgeting Winners Announced

The winners of the Participatory Budgeting Rochester project were announced on February 7. The winners included:

Feed People, Not Landfills: Flower City Pickers Food Recovery ($30,000): The Flower City Pickers (FCP) Food Recovery Project will allow FCP to recover and distribute safe, nutritious, but formerly landfill-bound food to a network of more than 45 food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and local farms at no cost to the receiving agencies.

Tiny House Project ($50,000): The Tiny House Project will provide very low-income individuals, particularly veterans, with affordable permanent housing. The funding will build a prototype house to advance the creation of a Tiny House community in Rochester.

House of Mercy Emergency Housing Fund ($50,000): The House of Mercy Emergency Housing Fund Project will provide immediate funding to prevent homelessness or keep people in housing and improve the coordination of funds. The award will also fund the creation and management of a tracking system to follow clients’ progress and improve allocation efficiencies.

Growing Out of Poverty ($31,650): Growing Out of Poverty will train, deploy, and employ School Without Walls (SWW) Community Service Students to support community gardening, greening, and farm projects across the city of Rochester.

The Hangout Spot ($50,000): The Hangout Spot, a program of Marvelous Mind Academy, seeks to rectify all barriers to parents entering and staying in the workforce with an innovative childcare solution operable during B and C shifts. The Hangout Spot will be set up as a worker-owned co-op and funding will allow The Hangout Spot to appropriately remodel a space and purchase.

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RMAPI announces winners of Participatory Budgeting project–WHAM 13 Local community projects receive funding in fight against poverty–WHEC 10