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News Release    

July 16, 2009      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Steinhaus announces nearly $192,000 for Community Grants

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced he has awarded grants totaling nearly $192,000 to local non-profit agencies through Dutchess County’s 2009 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to fund a variety of community programs.

“We are pleased to allocate these funds to support these community organizations as who work with us in critical partnership to a wide variety of health and human services to assist our youth, seniors and families in need across Dutchess County,” said County Executive Steinhaus.

The County’s CDBG program prioritizes human service programs that include youth activities, literacy skills development and family services.   The following agencies are being provided CDBG funding for their community programs:

  • Hudson River Housing (HRH): $44,000 to provide assistance with shelter, food, and other basics needs to low income and homeless families and individuals through the Gannett House and After Hours Emergency Placement programs.    The River Haven program will also receive funding to provide 24 hour crisis intervention, emergency shelter, counseling, case management and supervised transitional housing for at risk or homeless youth ages 10 through 17.

  • Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Center: $22,000 for residential recovery and intensive case management for chemically dependent individuals and families.

  • Beacon Community Center (BCC): $20,000 for the BCC Lion Sun Creative Arts Camp Summer Enrichment Program.   This summer camp offers a stimulating and diverse program for all ages including Toddler (18 months to 4 years old), Campers (5 to 12 years old) and Counselor in Training (13 to 17 years old).

  • Martin Luther King Cultural Center in Beacon: $20,000 for the Community Partnership with School and Business program, which provides job readiness and life skills for the transition into the workforce for young people ages 14 to 18 years old.

  • The Northeast Community Council: $22,000 for youth enrichment programming that includes a Family Support Program for education and social fundamentals for toddlers ages 1 to 4; a Summer Camp Program in cooperation with the Village of Millerton for children ages 5 to 12; and a CBSP Internship Program that provides work and job skills training for teens ages 14 to 19.

  • Dutchess County Association for Senior Citizens: $19,970 for the Volunteers in Transition (VIT) program, which matches mentally/physically disabled elderly in residential facilities and/or frail/isolated senior with non-disabled volunteers to participate in meaningful volunteer activities such intergenerational exchanges with children in school districts and community outreach.

  • Literacy Connections: $22,200 to provide literacy tutorial services through reading and writing instruction to adults and children.

  • Child Abuse Prevention Center: $22,000 for response and investigation of allegations of sexual and physical abuse against children as well as support services for victims, families and caregivers.

CDBG funding is administered by the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and provides funds to municipalities and human service agencies to benefit low-to-moderate income residents of Dutchess County.


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