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News Release    

February 27, 2009      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000
Anne Saylor, Housing Coordinator (845) 486-3600

County Executive Steinhaus Announces over $826,000
for Homeless Housing and Services in Dutchess

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the County has been awarded more than $826,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund twelve permanent and transitional housing programs for the homeless.

“The County has worked in close partnership with the members of the Dutchess County Housing Consortium to secure these much needed funds for homeless housing and services,” said County Executive Steinhaus.   “During these challenging economic times, this funding will help ensure the continuation of critical services run by our local partner agencies.”

The Dutchess County Housing Consortium is a partnership of agencies who work to prevent and end homelessness by facilitating collaboration, planning, education, and advocacy efforts and by promoting the development and preservation of needed resources.   

“Hudson River Housing is appreciative of receiving a share of HUD funding.  In this environment of cutting resources, we are pleased to be able to continue our work of providing affordable housing with services for youth, adults, and families who are in need of help.  Besides appreciating HUD’s understanding of this community’s needs, we thank Dutchess County for their support and expertise in making this happen,” said Gail Webster, Executive Director, Hudson River Housing. 

HUD’s total award renews funding for twelve projects in the county including:

  • Hudson River Housing Hillcrest House to receive $132,842 for operating costs for 55 units of transitional housing for the homeless.

  • Hudson River Housing Riverhaven Independent Living to receive $36,658 for a case manager and participant emergency needs to help older homeless youth make the transition to successful independent living.

  • Hudson River Housing Transitional Living to receive $42,182 for  4 units of transitional housing for homeless youth.

  • Hudson River Housing/Shelter Plus Care to receive $124,824 for rental assistance for 10 apartments for homeless individuals with disabilities.

  • Hudson River Housing/Home Base 1 to receive $68,124 for rental assistance for 6 apartments for homeless individuals with substance abuse disorders.

  • Gateway Community Industries Supportive Housing to receive $41,020 for  rental assistance for 3 apartments for people with mental illness.

  • Mental Health Association to receive $54,250 for operations support for expanded hours at the Living Room Drop-In Center.

  • Grace Smith House Brookhaven to receive $11,210 for leasing support for 3 units of transitional housing for victims of domestic violence.

  • Grace Smith House Northeast Shelter to receive $18,385 of funding for a housing advocate and follow-up services for victims of domestic violence as they transition from shelter to permanent housing.

  • Rehabilitation Support Services/Shelter Plus Care to receive $164,340 for rental assistance for 15 apartments for homeless individuals who have co-occurring diagnosis of mental illness and chemical abuse (MICA).

  • Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Center/Shelter Plus Care to receive $81,588 for rental assistance for 7 apartments for homeless individuals and families recovering from substance abuse disorders and other disabilities.

  • DC Homeless Information System – SHP  to receive $45,120 for the implementation of HUD required computer system to track homeless persons. 

“I wish to thank our teams at both the Department of Planning and the Department of Mental Hygiene, who provided the resources and expertise to coordinate and submit this very competitive application on behalf of Consortium,” County Executive Steinhaus concluded.



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