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August 15, 2003

Steinhaus Announces More Community Development Recipients
Over $2 Million Distributed Countywide  

Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced he has finalized contractual agreements with eight non-profit organizations that applied for and were awarded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) monies, for their 2003 program year.

County Executive Steinhaus noted, “The projects are in addition to the municipal grants I announced last week and are to allow our community based providers to effectively continue services to some of the most vulnerable residents in the county. The fact that all the organizations who applied, received funding, demonstrates that my administration is dedicated to ensuring all necessary services are provided to all residents of Dutchess County.”

The federal program guidelines allow up to fifteen percent of the grant to be awarded to non-profit agencies for human service programs. The Community Development Advisory Committee, the policy making board for the CDBG program has, in recent years awarded the maximum amount to the applying non-profit agency for a range of services throughout Dutchess County. A summary of the various services to be provided throughout the county follows:

  • The Child Abuse Prevention Center, which serves high-risk children who are victims of abuse, received $13,746 to enhance the investigations of child abuse through the use of a multi-disciplinary team, a child friendly interview and physical examination. At the other end of the age scale, the Dutchess County Association for Senior Citizens was awarded $20,000 to provide isolated seniors with contact through a telephone reassurance project and an intergenerational pen pal program.

  • The Dutchess County Community Action Agency, Inc. will use $13,866 for its Big Brothers/Big Sisters program to provide a professionally supported one-to-one relationship with a caring adult and a volunteer mentor for every child in need.

  • Family Services, Inc. will fund its Comprehensive Services for Families in Stress program. The $25,000 in grant funds will include crime victims assistance, domestic abuse awareness and parenting services. Grace Smith House, Inc. provides victims of domestic violence with emergency housing, advocacy and support services. The agency will use their $20,000 in funds toward these activities.

  • Hudson River Housing, Inc. provides a range of services to the homeless population of Dutchess County. The agency will use their $25,000 toward housing and case management at their family and overnight shelters, and $25,000 for their shelter for runaway and homeless youth.

  • Literacy Volunteers of America provides a service to address a critical area of need. Without the ability to read and write, numerous areas of a persons life is impacted. The agency received a $25,000 grant to provide community outreach focusing on recruitment and identification of volunteers and students.

  • The City of Beacon located Martin Luther King Cultural Center, Inc. will provide educational, recreational and cultural activities for school-aged youth through an afterschool/summer program.

Beacon also sponsored four local non-profit agencies.
 - The Beacon Community Center will undertake repairs to the roof and the interior of this youth facility.
-  The Howland Cultural Center will do both exterior and interior repairs to this centrally located historic site.
- The Martin Luther King Cultural Center will paint the outside of the building and improve their playground for the youth that attend their programs.
 - National Rebuilding Day with Christmas-in-April will rehabilitate seven owner-occupied homes.
Steinhaus concluded, “The distribution of funds to non-profits provides an economic base to continue the county’s commitment to the quality of life as we forge ahead making progress despite tough economic times.”

The CDBG funding is administered by the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and provides grant funds to municipalities and human services agencies to benefit low-to-moderate income residents of Dutchess County. An advisory panel guides the County Executive in the grant considerations and final award determinations are made by the County Executive.


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