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News Release    

July 24, 2009      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Dutchess County announces more than $1.1 Million to make housing more affordable

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced the County has obtained more than $1.1 million through the federally funded 2009 HOME Investment Partnership Program.  The purpose of the HOME program is to provide subsidies to assist with the development of housing projects which are more affordable to residents. 

County Executive Steinhaus said, “We are pleased to support such a variety of projects.  The need for moderately priced housing affects all communities, all ages and all housing types.  These efforts, which help seniors, homeowners, first time homebuyers and low and moderate income renters, are an important component of our strategy to create more moderately priced housing throughout Dutchess County.”

Funding will be provided for the development of the following affordable housing programs:

  • In the Town of Poughkeepsie, Pendell Commons: $395,000.  Pendell Commons is a 72 unit rental complex to be constructed at the corner of Pendell Road and 9G.   The project will include 24 units for seniors and 48 units for families.   Senior units will be targeted to households at         30-50% of the county income median, while family units will be targeted to households up to 60% of the county income median.   Construction is expected to begin the fall of 2009. 

  • Rebuilding Together: $40,000 to assist with the rehabilitation of up to 18 owner-occupied properties in northern Dutchess County.  This program, which the County has funded since 1998, involves the rehabilitation of homes, occupied by low income homeowners, by volunteers one day each April.  This year, Rebuilding Day will be April 25, 2009.  

  • Dutchess County Senior Citizen Owner-Occupied Property Rehabilitation Program:  $175,444 to help income eligible senior citizens homeowners repair code violations.   

  • Dutchess County First Time Homebuyer Program: $40,000 to help income eligible households with down payment and closing costs for the purchase of a first home.

Dutchess County government continues its commitment to the revitalization of the City of Poughkeepsie with more than $359,000 in funds for programs and projects to be administered in a partnership with the City including: 

  • The First Time Home Buyer Assistance Program will receive $103,998.  These funds offer a deferred loan for assistance with down payment and/or closing costs towards the purchase of a home for income eligible families.  

  • The City-Owned Property Rehabilitation Program will receive $201,630 to provide assistance to income eligible households who purchase and rehabilitate tax delinquent, city-owned properties and/or to developers that provide new construction for homes to be sold to income eligible families.  

  • 55 Garden Street, Poughkeepsie will receive $53,934 to provide assistance to renovate this rental property, creating affordable rental housing for income eligible households. 

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor John C. Tkazyik said “The City offers an array of beneficial programs utilizing the HOME funds. The senior citizens of Poughkeepsie have an opportunity to complete minor repairs to their home; income eligible families are offered assistance to achieve the American dream of homeownership and with the HOME funds, we continue to work with developers that create affordable rental housing in the City. We are pleased to be a part of the HOME Consortium with Dutchess County.”


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