RochesterForAll - "The Rochester Housing Authority has created a shadow agency, one with employees, properties and an office. But this agency, Rochester Housing Charities, will not open its books to the public. Rochester for All is preparing to sue the agency to obtain records.
The IRS signed off on Rochester Housing Charities’ creation in 2014. It’s not uncommon for housing authorities to create nonprofits, which may have more flexibility in administering projects and programs.
Several current and former RHA employees came to us with concerns about the arrangement with RHC, noting property transactions. In November 2016, the City of Rochester sold two parcels of vacant land on Diamond Place to RHC. Last year, RHA transferred nine of its properties to RHC.
One former RHA employee gave Rochester for All a $43,000 contract between a Washington, D.C. firm and RHC for workforce development and financial literacy services for RHA residents. The former employee was alarmed an out-of-town firm was retained and questioned whether services were performed.
The RHA employees said they’re in the dark about RHC’s activities."