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

May 1, 2001


County Executive Announces Awards for North East Under Community Development Block Grant

Poughkeepsie. . . Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has approved contracts for the 2001 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards totaling $35,000 for two projects in North East.

Some of the priorities under the $1.8 million awarded across Dutchess County are to fund human service programs for families in stress, youth, the homeless, elder and child care, the disabled population and those who require help because of substance abuse or illiteracy. A total of ten human service providers were allocated funds with the 2001 awards. Among these are the Grace Smith House and the North East Community Center.

Under the grant, the Grace Smith House was awarded $20,000 for the North East Shelter Program. This program will provide emergency housing, advocacy and support services for women and their children who have been victims of abuse and neglect in their homes. Mr. Steinhaus noted, "The focus of the program is to provide homeless victims of domestic violence with services and support that will allow them to eventually attain self-sufficiency."

The North East Community Center received $15,000 for its Family and Youth Enrichment Program, which will include parenting classes and recreational and leadership activities for teens in the area, primarily from the Town of North East and the Village of Millerton. Another component of the North East Community Center Program serves the parents and youth at Grace Smith House.

The County Executive said, "Together these programs offer solutions to a variety of domestic problems, focusing on victims who need immediate, professional help and advocacy. These satellite offices provide convenient, near-by shelters when families are in crisis."

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.


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