Faso Announces Community Development Awards

for Dutchess County

 

Washington, DC – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today announced two federal grant awards totaling over $2.3 million for Dutchess County, New York. The federal investment comes from two separate grant programs within the Department of Housing and Development (HUD) – the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program and the HOME program.

“Access to affordable and reliable housing empowers families, stimulates the local economy, and is an important gateway for community development,” said Faso. “This funding for Dutchess County will allow them to expand housing and job opportunities as well as improve infrastructure, services and facilities in locally-identified areas.”

Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro said, “We are grateful to Congressman John Faso for his continued support of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. These CDBG funding awards have made positive impacts on communities throughout Dutchess County – creating connections with critical infrastructure improvements and accessibility projects, supporting critical services to help combat homelessness and substance abuse addiction or solve transportation challenges.  HOME funding solves transportation challenges and expands housing opportunities in areas where it is vital.   All of these projects enhance quality of life by making our communities more inclusive and accessible for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”

 

Background

The HOME program helps to expand the supply of decent, affordable housing to low- and very low-income families by providing grants to States and local governments to fund housing programs that meet local needs and priorities.

The Community Development Block (CDBG) Grants program provides annual grants to States and local units of government to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

Faso sent a letter last March to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, advocating for $3.3 billion in funding for the CDBG program.