Monroe County Ranks 4th In The State For Evictions

March 24, 2023

A new website launched by Cornell University Buffalo ILR Co-Lab reveals data that ranks Monroe County 4th in the state for the number of evictions. A number of factors contribute to the high number of evictions Monroe County, not the least of which is the poverty rate in the county’s largest city, Rochester.

This data is being released just as a fierce battle is raging in the New York statehouse over a piece of legislation that would limit the number of evictions. The interactive website allows users to find the number of evictions in each legislative district and determine the representative or senator that represents each of those districts. Two Rochester-area legislators represent districts with the 10 highest rates of eviction. Those are Jeremy Cooney and Demond Meeks. Meeks supports the bill. Cooney does not.

Rochester is home to some of the poorest neighborhoods in the state of New York. In fact, census data indicates that two of the five poorest zip codes in the state are in the Flower City – 14605 and 14608. So it likely comes as no surprise that Monroe County is near the top of a list of areas with the highest eviction rates in New York. Rensselaer tops the list with 11 evictions per 100 renting households, followed by the Bronx, Schenectady, Niagara and Monroe is one of five counties that ties for 4th with 8 evictions per 100 renting households.

Source: WHEC-TV

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