News Release

 

For More Information:

William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
Telephone:  (845) 486-2000
, FAX: (845) 486-2021,
countyexec@co.dutchess.ny.us

January 12, 2001


 

County Executive Aims $454,000 for "Welfare to Work" . . .

Poughkeepsie...Dutchess County Executive, William R. Steinhaus, has forwarded to the Legislature for their consideration a resolution that would provide New York Works Block Grant funds of $454,000 for the county’s Community Solutions for Transportation Program. The grant was obtained by the Dutchess County Department of Social Services, which then contracted with B.O.C.E.S. to administer the program.

"For some county residents that receive public assistance, transportation is a major issue when searching for or maintaining employment. Through the use of Dutchess County B.O.C.E.S services, our portion of these federal funds, which were specifically made available for the development of transportation projects, will enable more persons eligible for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) services to obtain and maintain employment, continue to participate in work activities or transition to paid employment," Steinhaus said.

The programs administered by B.O.C.E.S. include car ownership, driver education, car maintenance training, car repairs, car loans, insurance and direct transportation. All will be used as part of the county’s efforts to develop transportation solutions for TANF recipients.

Steinhaus added, "Under my administration, this initiative and others like it have contributed to the marked success of caseload decline for assistance in the last five years. Department of Social Services figures report a steady decline with 3,355 caseloads on January 1, 1995, as compared to only 1,148 on January 1, 2001, a remarkable 66% decrease and proof that the county’s programs are working."

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