Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced the 2005 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards totaling $220,000 for various human service agencies across Dutchess County.
County priorities in the CDBG program for human service program services include activities that benefit youth, offer literacy skills and provide family services for families-in-stress, child care and elder care, health services, public safety, and substance abuse.
County Executive Steinhaus noted, "We are pleased to be able to award grants to agencies throughout Dutchess County to address a variety of human service issues and to provide assistance to people in need including our youth, the homeless and our senior citizens."
The Executive said, "A total of almost $220,000 of a total $1.8 million dollar allocation will be used for human service programs." Agencies that will serve youth with their block grant funding include:
Beacon Community Center will receive $14,290 for its youth education and development program.
The Child Abuse Prevention Center was awarded $19,290 in block grant monies for the Child Advocacy Center.
The Dutchess County Community Action Agency received $19,290 for its Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.
The River Haven shelter and transitional living facility for homeless and runaway youth was granted $22,715 in monies awarded to Hudson River Housing.
The Martin Luther King Cultural Center in the City of Beacon will use its $13,579 for its after-school/summer program.
Families-in-stress priorities will be addressed by Family Services, Inc. who received $22,715 for the comprehensive services for families in stress activities and Grace Smith House, a shelter for women, with a $13,578 award. Hudson River Housing will use their $22,715 for supportive service for the many activities the agency undertakes to address housing for the homeless. And a youth/family enrichment program will take place in Millerton at the North East Community Center with their $19,290 funding award.
Senior citizens will benefit from the $19,290 award for the Volunteers-In-Transition Project Care/Between Friends administered by the Dutchess County Association for Senior Citizens.
Literacy Connections was granted $19,290 to run their adult literacy program. The Mid-Hudson Addiction Centers, Inc. will use their $13,579 grant for residential recovery services.
The 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 grant funds to municipalities and human service agencies to benefit low-to-moderate income residents of Dutchess County.