The city cut the ribbon on E.L. Tower, a newly renovated affordable housing project.

E.L. Tower, a newly renovated affordable housing project.

In a decade, some residents of Rochester has been distressing because of economic hardship and expensive rental properties.

A year ago the city of Rochester recorded more homelessness and made a promise to its residents to increase more affordable homes in the region.

In fulfilling this endeavor, the region has seen more affordable home projects in every angle of the city, from developing a new community housing to rehabilitating old community houses.



Mayor lovely warren speaks about E.L. Tower renovation and how the project started.


This week the New York State Homes and Community Renewal, along with Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, celebrated the completion of a $15 million renovation of the E.L. Tower at 500 South Ave. In attendance at this celebration were local government, state leaders, and local developers, and some residents of the E.L. Tower.

The city cut the ribbon on E.L. Tower, a newly renovated affordable housing project


The E.L. Tower is a seventeen story building with 193 one-bedroom units, the building has 76 project-based units, and Rochester housing authorities handle those vouchers. The city also set aside 41 units of the apartment for homeless individuals.

E.L. Tower has undergone extensive rehabilitation from changing all antique fixtures and replacing them with modern ones. The building has modern elevators, a new community room with contemporary furnishing, fresh laundry, and a kitchen. All the units got a fresh bathroom and kitchen.


In an interview with a long-time dweller, Kawanais Smith, she briefly explains some challenges the residents were facing before they rehabilitated it.



The E.L. Tower comes with luxury vinyl plank flooring, refrigerator, electric range, weekly trash pick-up, full-time maintenance, and 24-hour emergency maintenance service. Card-operated washers/dryers are situated on the 1st floor. Heat, electricity, and water are included in the rent.

The E.L. Tower affordable housing is for people with low income and is situated at the intersection of Alexander and South avenue, one-bedrooms Start at $692.

To be a tenant of E.L. Tower, you need to meet the following requirements for a one-person $31,080 and two-income families $ 35,520. for more information on The E.L. Tower

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