News Release

April 18, 2013      

For Further Information Contact:
Anne Saylor
(845) 486-3600
E-mail: asaylor@dutchessny.gov

Public Comment Sought for Dutchess County and City of Poughkeepsie 2013-2017 Draft Consolidated Plan

Poughkeespie… The Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development and the City of Poughkeepsie Office of Social Development have released the draft 2013-2017 Dutchess County and City of Poughkeepsie Consolidated Plan for public comment. The draft Consolidated Plan outlines needs and priorities for the allocation of funds for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Programs over the next five years. The County has also released its draft 2013 Action Plan which outlines the specific activities the County will undertake in 2013 to address the Plan priorities and goals.

Dutchess County Commissioner of Planning and Development Kealy Salomon said, “The priorities and goals in the Consolidated Plan will direct the allocation of over $12 million dollars in federal CDBG, HOME and HOPWA funds that the County and City expect to receive over the next 5 years. We have already received valuable public input about emerging needs as well as gaps in services in our community, but we are seeking additional feedback at these upcoming public hearings.”

The County and City will hold the following public hearings to receive comments on the draft Plan*:

Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County

Farm & Home Center
2715 Route 44
Millbrook, NY  12545

Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
City of Poughkeepsie, City Hall

Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor
62 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

“We hope citizens, interested agencies and municipalities take time to review the Plan, and attend a public hearing as their input is critical to ensure the most critical needs are identified.  If people are unable to attend one of the public hearings, we hope they take advantage of the opportunity to provide written comments,” said Anne Saylor, Community Development Administrator for the Planning Department.

The draft 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan and the draft 2013 Action Plan are available for review on Dutchess County’s website at
www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/Planning/PLhousing.htm and on the City of Poughkeepsie’s website at http://www.cityofpoughkeepsie.com

Public comments are welcome through Thursday, May 9th and will be included as appropriate in the final Consolidated Plan and Action Plan.  Questions or comments should be submitted to Anne Saylor, Dutchess County Community Development Administrator, at asaylor@dutchessny.gov or (845) 486-3600. 

*Individuals requiring special assistance in attending these sessions, such as sign interpreters, foreign language interpreters and/or assistance with mobility, must contact Anne Saylor at asaylor@dutchessny.gov or (845) 486-3600 by Friday, April 19, 2013 so such assistance can be arranged.

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