April 23, 2003
Steinhaus Announces $2M Awarded to Help Local Dutchess Communities
Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County
Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the 2003 Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG) awards totaling $2,054,000 for a broad range of projects
throughout Dutchess County. The County secured $235,000 more for allocation
in 2003 year funds than in the previous 2002 year.
We have established Dutchess County’s priority one is housing; priority two
is infrastructure and three is transportation. Priorities four and five are
activities that benefit youth, offer literacy skills and provide family
services for families-in-stress, child care, and elder care. Economic
development is priority six. Health services, handicapped accessibility and
disabilities is priorities seven through nine. Public safety is the tenth
priority of the program followed by substance abuse, the eleventh. Priorities
twelve and thirteen are parks and recreation and historic preservation.
The County Executive said, “Housing is now the number one Community
Development priority for Dutchess County and, therefore, we have committed a
healthy fifteen percent, or $315,000, of the grant to create housing for
senior citizens in two areas of the county, Millbrook and Red Hook. Providing
new affordable senior housing inventory will free up existing housing stock
for other populations that live and work here to now move into.”
Additionally, nineteen percent of the allocation, or $391,140, is awarded to
street and road improvements. Approved projects include infrastructure
improvements in the Town of Stanford and the City of Beacon. Ten percent of
the grant, or $213,000, will improve water and sewer facilities in the Town
of Wappinger and the Village of Wappingers Falls.
Neighborhood and public facility projects will realize $212,500 or ten
percent of the CDBG award. A parking lot will be constructed near the Village
of Fishkill’s main street area and the City of Beacon will assist three
highly valued community organizations, the Beacon Community Center, the
Martin Luther King Cultural Center, and the Howland Cultural Center with
Handicapped facility improvements will take place in the Town of Dover at the
Tabor Wing House; in the Town of Pleasant Valley at the Mill Site; and in the
Town of Rhinebeck at the Wilderstein Historic Site. A total of $180,700 or
nine percent will be spent on these handicapped improvements.
The remaining funds will be spent on parks and recreation improvements in the
Town of Hyde Park at Hackett Hill Park. The Davis and Fowler Avenue sidewalk
improvements in the Town of Poughkeepsie in the Arlington area will further
upgrade what we have targeted to community and economic renewal.
A total of eleven human service providers have been allocated funds
including: the Beacon Community Center, the Dutchess County Community Action
Agency, the Martin Luther King Cultural Center, and the North East Community
Center for youth programs; the Dutchess County Association for Senior
Citizens senior program; the Hudson River Housing River Haven Shelter, which
provides for homeless and runaway youth; and Family Services which aids
families in stress. Grace Smith House will receive funding for homeless
victims of domestic violence and Hudson River Housing will serve homeless
populations with CDBG monies.
Mr. Steinhaus noted, “The distribution of block grant dollars to agencies
throughout Dutchess County that address a variety of human service issues
provides assistance to those people who are in need, including our youth, the
homeless, and our seniors citizens”.
Funds will also be allocated to important community-based agencies: the Child
Abuse Prevention Center, Literacy Volunteers and the Mid-Hudson Alcoholism
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.