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News Release    

April 30, 2004      

Rental Assistance Provided to the Homeless

Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has signed a contract with the Mid-Hudson Alcoholism Recovery Center (MARC) and Hudson River Housing which will provide a total of $636,480 for thirteen additional units of affordable housing for homeless persons with special needs in Dutchess County.

County Executive Steinhaus said, "I am pleased we can provide assistance to a vulnerable population in our community. As housing costs increase it is important that we maintain programs that provide people safe housing while they continue recovery from health, mental health and domestic violence situations.”

A total of $294,840 will be provided to MARC over the next five years and will be used for rental assistance. These funds will enable MARC to rent six one-bedroom apartments to individuals, couples and single parents with one child. Tenants will pay 30% of their income towards their rent and the rental assistance will pay the balance.

The program will focus on households recovering from mental illness, chemical dependency, HIV/AIDS and/or domestic violence. Households will also receive individualized case management and support services as part of the program.

Steven Pressman, Executive Director of MARC states, "With support from Dutchess County such as this, MARC can provided crucial housing assistance to individuals and families as they continue on a road of recovery towards health and self-sufficiency. Ultimately this proves to be a sound and worthwhile investment, saving lives and dollars."

Hudson River Housing’s program will receive $341,640 for rental assistance and will use these funds to rent seven units including 4 one-bedrooms, 2 two-bedrooms and 1 three-bedroom. As with the MARC program, tenants will pay 30% of their income towards rent with rental assistance paying the balance.

Residents for this assistance will be recovering chronic substance abusers and their families who have been living in the streets, emergency shelters or transitional housing. The program will also include intensive case management, educational/vocational training, life skills training and 24 hour a day emergency support should the residents experience a crisis.

Gail V. Webster, Executive Director of Hudson River Housing, Inc., said “The 18 to 25 year old population to be assisted by this program is presently underserved and often found in alternative and unstable living conditions. This funding will help families or individuals stabilize their housing while they focus on the issues that brought them to homelessness in the first place. HRH is pleased to have set–aside housing for these young people as they head into their futures.”

The ultimate goal of these programs is to increase self-sufficiency via treatment, vocational and educational goals.

Funding for this program is provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Shelter Plus Care Program and were secured through the Dutchess Housing Consortium’s SuperNOFA process, which is coordinated annually by the Dutchess County Department of Planning & Development.



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