New York State Homeowner Assistance Fund Info


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The New York State Homeowner Assistance Fund is dedicated to helping NY homeowners affected by the pandemic stay in their homes.

Who is eligible?
Homeowners in New York State who were financially affected by COVID-19 and who are behind on their housing payments.

What help is available?
Homeowners may receive referrals to free housing counseling and legal services, negotiation help with their banks or mortgage servicers, and financial assistance with their past or future housing payments.

How do you apply?
Applications open on January 3. Visit or reach out to our call center at: 844-77-NYHAF (844- 776-9423) (Mon.-Fri., 9 AM-5 PM) for information on how to apply.

This program is funded by the New York State affordable housing agency, NYS Homes and Community Renewal, in partnership with a nonprofit organization, Sustainable Neighborhoods.

Learn more at, or call 1-844-77-NYHAF (844-776-9423)

Supporting Pearl-Meigs-Monroe Blessing Boxes

SEAC is proud to continue supporting the PMM Neighborhood Association Blessing Boxes for the fourth year in a row! This year we created 150 Hygiene bags with needed supplies such as toothpaste and a toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, lotion, lip balm and more. Additionally SEAC gives monetary support for the Neighborhood Association to purchase a variety of high protein food for the Blessing Boxes. We plan to do 100 more when we get moved into our new home in January!

Janet Collinge (SEAC Board member) and Lori Wood (SEAC Bookkeeper)

A HUGE thank you to St. Joe’s House of Hospitality for donating 250 pairs of socks they received from the generosity of the Wedge Waddle to our Hygiene Bags!

We hope this goes a long way to help those who need it.

Be well and have a great weekend!

Mike Evans

We Have a New Home! The Tool Shed is Coming!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to get to FINALLY post this news!

In the first week of January, the South East Area Coalition will be moving its office to 1255 University Ave!  This location will also house our exciting new program, The SEAC Tool Shed

Introducing our new Tool Shed logo!

A huge thanks to Park Grove Realty for just being amazing through this whole process and offering us such an exciting space to grow our programs!


  • We plan to begin accepting tool donations the second week of January. 
  • People interested in volunteering at the Tool Shed can fill out our online application and will be contacted in the new year by someone at SEAC.
  • Our goal/hope is to have the Tool Shed open to the public in early March, including an exciting new website!
  • Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to support the Tool Shed can do so here.

We look forward to getting this new program up and running so we can give our communities and neighborhoods the tools they need to succeed.

Thanks so much to everyone for the support and excitement as we’ve worked towards making this project a reality. 

Be well,

Mike Evans

Executive Director

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ROC The Day With SEAC!

It’s that time of year again! We are hoping we can count on your support to ROC the Day!

In 1968 a group of concerned residents from various southeast Rochester neighborhoods began meeting on how to work together to improve their community and formed the South East Area Coalition (SEAC). For the last 53 years SEAC has been proudly served these neighborhoods through community advocacy, affordable housing projects, supporting local businesses and grassroots community engagement. SEAC’s work has brought millions of dollars in investments and impacted countless lives.

SEAC’s currently focuses our work on assisting neighborhood, business and other community groups on a range of projects.

In 2020-2021 SEAC has:

*Held seven drives, gathering various goods for those in need.

*Gave monetary donations to five different agencies so they could purchase needed food or hygiene supplies to deliver to those they serve.

*Constructed over 200 hygiene bags for the Pearl Meigs Monroe Neighborhood Blessing Boxes.

*Collaborated with Flower City Arts Center to educate youths on a bunch of the cool stuff in our neighborhoods while they learned to take photographs.

*Successfully applied for a grant to support one of our fiduciaries, the Mount Hope World Singers.

*Held an amazing cultivation event at one of our fiduciaries, Wide Water Gardens. *Successfully procured Five Season licensing for Wide Water Gardens!

*Collaborated in a thinktank on communication and disbursement of information regarding the EPPI 2.0.

*Created a small program to thank people for eating at locally owned restaurants.

*Created home repair and preventative maintenance information flyers for new and veteran homeowners.

*Collaborated with Highland Planning and REConnect Rochester to write a grant for sitting cubes at bus stations.

*Participated in three Clean Sweeps in our service area.

*Launched a Needs Assessment Survey of residents in our service area.

*Successfully completed two Playful Sidewalks and have two more on the way!

*Created a vocational scholarship for youths receiving services from Center For Youth- and we already have three recipients!

*Created a workshop for people with sight impairments called Feel Your Way in collaboration with 490 Farmers.

*Formed new partnerships and collaborations with other agencies, such as: Center For Youth, Foodlink, United Way Systems Integration, Highland Planning, RochesterWorks, Saint John Fisher, Connected Communities, 490 Famers, and more!

*Continued support for our Merchant and Neighborhood Associations.

*Gave out one hundred $5 vouchers to individuals in need for Foodlink’s Curbside Market.

*Collaborating with Center For Youth and Saint John Fisher to create a Work Experience Program for youths to obtain real world leadership and work skills as well as a variety of nonprofit experience.

*Begun the process of creating an exciting and hopefully highly impactful Tool Shed program.

*Provided monetary support to the Park Ave Revitalization Committee to repair an irrigation issue. *Provided monetary support to the ABC Streets Neighborhood Fall Festival for catering food.

*Created a Block Club initiative that will empower people to organize and tackle issues on their block.

*Held an AMAZING fundraising event that had over 100 attendees and raised $14,000!

We’re Looking For Volunteers

SEAC is looking for individuals interested in volunteering at our Tool Shed program!  Please fill out our volunteer registration form.  You’ll be contacted by a SEAC staff member soon.

You can read more about the Tool Shed Tech volunteer position here.

More Tool Shed Info


SEAC has been busy developing our new community program, SEAC’s Tool Shed. This program, inspired by the successful (and awesome) The Tool Library in Buffalo, NY, will provide accessibility to tools to any resident, business, or organization in the Greater Rochester Area, for a small annual fee ($25 per year for the basic level). Tools are expensive and shouldn’t be an obstacle to anyone wanting to do repairs on their home, business, or in their community.

Many people do not purchase tools because either they cannot afford them or simply do not wish to pay for something they will use once, maybe twice, in their lifetime. This program removes both of those hurdles, giving access to tools to those who need and want it. Community groups looking to engage in Clean Sweeps, neighborhood beautification projects and the like, need look no further than SEAC’s Tool Shed to assist with their needs. Low-income homeowners wanting to complete repairs on their home should be able to do so without tool cost barriers holding them back. Independent contractors looking to earn income and hone their skills should not miss out because they can’t afford all the tools for the job.

We have located a space and are currently negotiating the terms of the lease. We look forward to sharing it with you when we are able! Our goal is to start receiving tool donations from the community beginning in mid-January, once we get settled.

We are thrilled to give a HUGE thank you to ESL for very generously awarding SEAC a grant for $10,000 to help make our Tool Shed a realty!

Additionally, we’ve received nearly $1,500 in donations from our community! Thank you all so very much for your support in this project!



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SEAC is buttressing our local merchants by developing back-to-work initiatives and incentivizing your patronage with programs like ROCing The Takeout and SEACing It Out member benefits program (more info coming soon).

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