Affordable Housing in Downtown Rochester MN

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We the undersigned citizens are very concerned about the lack of accessible housing and affordable housing in Rochester, Minnesota. We understand that all the handicapped accessible apartment buildings in Rochester have a year-long waiting list. We understand that Section 8 housing has not even been taking applications for over a year now because they are still working on processing applications from 2012.

We believe that allowing a building that currently houses citizens who are low income and have chronic health problems or disabilities to be torn down without ensuring that each and every resident is able to secure housing that works for their needs in the same or a similar neighborhood goes directly against the City of Rochester's Diversity Resolution. (See attached document).

Additionally, there is already a mixed use building like the one proposed only 1 block away from the proposed development site that is only half full. We do not see the need for another building of the same type when there is an urgent need for current citizens to have somewhere to live where they can access their health services without undue burden. We believe it is wrong to push ​current citizens​ out of their homes to make way for ​possible future
​ citizens, especially if the city is providing funding for the project.
We respectfully request that the city council deny or delay this development project #​2016-042 CUP until each and every resident is able to secure housing that works for their needs in the same neighborhood. 

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