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


For Immediate Release

December 23, 1998



Poughkeepsie NY -- County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the County of Dutchess has been awarded $291,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Supportive Housing Program (SHP). These funds were secured by the County through a national competition.

According to County Executive Steinhaus, "These funds will be used to provide much needed supportive housing and services through three local human service agencies: Grace Smith House, YMCA/RiverHaven and the Mental Health Association."  Steinhaus noted,  "The County submitted these applications to HUD on behalf of the participating agencies. These funds will be used by the agencies to address a variety of needs related to the homeless in Dutchess County. The County is pleased to be a partner in this collaborative process."

Grace Smith House received $31,000 in SHP funds for the operating costs of three transitional housing units for hard-to-house families emerging domestic violence. The project will serve an estimated eight women and seventeen children over three-year period.

YMCA/RiverHaven received $105,000 in SHP funds to provide supportive services to older homeless youth living in the community to help them make the transition to independent living. These funds will allow the program to expand to serve an additional 75 youth over a three-year period.

The final approved project was sponsored by the Mental Health Association. The Mental Health Association will receive $155,000 to expand the current delivery capacity of the Living Room, a support and resource center for the mentally ill, homeless persons located in the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie. A total of 152 men and 43 women are expected to benefit from the expanded services provided under this grant.

All funding received under this award are to be used over a three-year period. A fourth project in the application, sponsored by Hudson River Housing, was not approved by the federal agency.



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