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CURE asks Mayo Clinic, Noseworthy to Help with Affordable Housing

October 18, 2017 09:39 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Communities United for Rochester Empowerment gathered at Peace Plaza to take a big step in their advocacy for affordable housing.

The group held a rally Wednesday afternoon and then entered a Mayo Clinic building to deliver a letter to the office of C.E.O. Dr. John Noseworthy.

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The letter calls upon Noseworthy and Mayo Clinic to do three things to improve the housing crisis in Rochester. One of those is setting up a meeting with Noseworthy himself.

The second is asking Mayo Clinic to play a leadership role in the community by raising $12 million per year, over the next 5 years to a comprehensive housing plan detailed in the Olmstead County 2016-2020 Housing Framework, according to the letter.

The final item in the letter requests Noseworthy publicly support and call on the Rochester City Council to support a public policy that would require 20% of all new housing developments to be affordable. According to the letter, that’s 30% of the area median income for rentals and 50% AMI for owner-occupied.

Mayo Clinic released a statement in response to the rally, writing "Mayo Clinic has a history of engagement on affordable housing in Rochester. Currently we are actively participating with the task force convened by the Rochester Area Foundation to collectively identify the best ways for the community to achieve more affordable housing."


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