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Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro announced grants totaling more than $142,000 have been awarded to local non-profit agencies through Dutchess County’s 2012 Community Development Block Grant to fund a variety of community programs.
“These dollars support critical programs in our community, helping people with basic needs such as housing and literacy as well as helping them cope with the challenges of overcoming issues such as substance abuse,” said County Executive Molinaro. “We are pleased to partner with these community organizations to provide these much needed services.”
The following agencies received 2012 CDBG funding for their community programs:
Steven Pressman, Executive Director for the Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Center (MARC) said, "The CDBG funding will allow MARC to assist individuals and families in their efforts to recover from the devastating effects of alcoholism and other drug addictions. The services provided through this grant will help them become more self sufficient and return to the community as productive citizens."
"The monies received from the Community Development Block Grant Program helps us to provide services to over 650 children in Dutchess County each year. The children that are helped are often under the age of six and will be given a chance for a much better quality of life. This grant helps to break the cycle of abuse!" said Kathleen Murphy, Executive Director for the Child Abuse Prevention Center.
Northeast Community Council Executive Director Jenny Hansell said, “The Community Development Block Grant is the backbone of some of our most essential programs, which serve the neediest and most at-risk families in our isolated rural community. The CDBG funding enables NECC to provide consistent service from year to year, and be responsive to the evolving needs in northeastern Dutchess County.”
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a federally funded program through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. The CDBG program is administered by the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development. For 2012, Dutchess County received nearly $1.2 million in CDBG funding, with the majority of funding directed to infrastructure and handicapped accessibility projects (7/12/2012 news release) Federal guidelines allow Dutchess County to direct up to 15% of the County’s annual allocation to fund human services activities.
County Executive Molinaro said, “CDBG grant awards are determined by the ability of the agency to meet the identified needs of the community with appropriate services and expected outcomes.”
Human service programs are selected through a competitive application process that is based on the needs identified in the Dutchess County’s five year Consolidated Plan. The Consolidated Plan prioritizes the use of CDBG human service program services funds for activities that address the issues of housing and homelessness; youth and job mentoring; substance abuse; and educational/after-school programs. These programs are primarily aimed to benefit families and individuals of low to moderate income, i.e. 80% of the median family income. Applications for the 2012 CDBG funds were submitted in October 2011 and finalized in December 2011 following an open public comment period and public hearing.
County Executive Molinaro’s resolution to accept and disperse the CDBG funding was unanimously supported by the Dutchess County Legislature at the July 16th board meeting.