County Awards $150,000 for Public Services Projects 
through Community Development Block Grant Program

Awards part of County’s $1.5 million in total CDBG and HOME awards in 2019

Poughkeepsie, NY … Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro has announced grant awards totaling $150,000 to be awarded through Dutchess County’s 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to address critical public service needs throughout Dutchess County. These awards are part of almost $1.5 million in funding awarded in 2019 through the CDBG and HOME Investment Partnership programs to improve accessibility, expand affordable housing options and address critical public service needs. Additional awards will be announced over the next several weeks.

County Executive Molinaro said, “Whether helping prevent homelessness, enabling seniors to maintain their independence, or helping residents struggling with substance use along their road to recovery, we are committed to assisting Dutchess County’s most vulnerable residents – a key pillar of the Community Development Block Grant program. We’re grateful to have so many community partners willing and able to assist our residents, as together we continue serving those residents in need of assistance.”

CDBG Public Service Projects – total funding: $150,000

Catholic Charities – Homeless Prevention Case Management Program – $25,000
Emergency rent assistance and limited utilities assistance to approximately 50 low-income Dutchess County residents to help stabilize housing. Case management assists clients to independently sustain their household needs.

Friends of Seniors – Senior Transportation and Support Services – $25,000
Provides county residents age 60+ with basic support services, including transportation to non-emergency medical appointments, grocery shopping, visiting services, telephone reassurance and respite to primary caregivers.

Hudson River Housing – Housing First Support Services – $25,000
Case management services under the Housing First Program, which helps high-risk, vulnerable homeless adults secure and maintain stable housing.

Hudson River Housing – River Haven Homeless Youth Program – $25,000
Crisis services, emergency housing, counseling, case management, and youth development programming for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth ages 10-17. River Haven Independent Living Program provides services for older homeless and at-risk youth transitioning towards self-sufficiency. River Haven Transitional Living Community provides 17- to 25-year-old homeless youth safe housing as they work towards independence within two years.

Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Center – Substance Abuse Residential Recovery Services – $25,000
A comprehensive continuum of services offering the promise of recovery to chemically dependent individuals. MARC offers emergency housing, non-hospital-based detox and treatment referral, community residences, supportive housing, counseling, life skill training, vocational development, sober supported apartments, tenant counseling and rent subsidies.

Andrew O’Grady, Executive Director of Mental Health America of Dutchess County, of which Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Center is now a part, said, “We thank County Executive Molinaro for his commitment to assisting those searching for recovery – breaking through the stigma of substance use and funding the necessary resources to save lives. This CDBG award will benefit countless residents, providing hope for those overcoming addiction, as well as the skills and supports for them to become productive members of their community.”

Northeast Community Council – Youth Development: Teen Team and CPSB – $25,000
Teen Team is a peer support and service learning group that provides educational, recreational and community service opportunities for at-risk socioeconomically disadvantaged youth ages 14-18. The Community Partnership with Schools and Business (CPSB) offers workforce development and intern opportunities in local business for youth 14-21.

Additional awards to expand affordable housing options will be announced in the coming weeks as part of the HOME Investment Partnership program.

CDBG Municipal applications are accepted annually by the Department of Planning and Development and are reviewed by the Community Development Advisory Committee, with recommendations forwarded to the County Executive for final approval. Applications for 2020 CDBG funds will be released in August 2019.