November 08, 2019

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $2.2 Million In Federal Funding To Aid Dutchess County Economic Development And Smart Growth

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) And The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Provide Essential Funds For Local Development Projects Across Dutchess County; Senators Say These Programs Are A Huge Win For Dutchess County; Senators Have Pushed To Ensure Programs Create Good-Paying Jobs By Supporting Local Smart Growth Projects And Neighborhood Revitalization Efforts; Senators: We Pledge To Protect This Funding Because CDBG and HOME Provide An Irreplaceable Source Of

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,240,664 in federal funding for Dutchess County. The funding was provided by the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD), which is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Specifically, the funding comprises $1,396,966 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and $843,698 in HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funding.

“The Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Programs are vital streams of investment that support local economic development, affordable housing, vital services, and community revitalization. Without this non-replaceable funding, many local job-creating development projects that are revitalizing Dutchess County communities might not be here today,” said Senator Schumer. “The more than $2.2 million in funding is a big win for Dutchess County and will help more communities create good-paying jobs, deliver essential services to families and seniors, and support smart growth efforts. I will continue to fight day in and day out to protect this critical investment for our communities and make sure Dutchess County gets the federal investment it needs and deserves.”

“I am pleased to announce this federal funding to support the CDBG Program and the HOME Investment Partnership Program, which will both help to promote local economic growth and expand access to affordable housing in Dutchess County,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Communities in Dutchess County will now be able to build on their efforts to revitalize their communities, create new jobs, and attract even more investment – all while helping ensure that housing can be accessible for all New Yorkers. I was proud to fight for this funding on behalf of Dutchess County, and I will continue working for the resources and support our communities need to thrive.”

“CDBG and HOME investment funding help revitalize neighborhoods throughout Dutchess County and facilitates the construction of affordable housing throughout the county without burdening the local taxpayer. These federal dollars help ensure Dutchess County continues to be a place where everyone comes together to help their neighbors, by providing infrastructure upgrades, resident home improvement assistance and supporting senior citizens and the disabled. We are grateful to Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand for securing over $2.2 million dollars for Dutchess residents to make the necessary improvements at the local level,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

Dutchess County will use the funding to address a wide range of needs and to support affordable housing initiatives, provide essential services, and expand economic development. The CDBG program provides municipalities with critical funding for transformative and unique development projects and needed funding to leverage outside investment in job creation projects. The funds continue to play a critical role in facilitating local economic development in Dutchess County and helping local governments succeed.

HOME funding is the primary source of funding for state and local governments to buy and rehabilitate affordable housing. According to HUD, the HOME program provides grants to states and localities that communities use, often in partnership with local nonprofit groups or development companies. These communities and organizations then fund activities such as building, buying and rehabilitating affordable housing units for rent or homeownership. HOME is the largest federal block grant provided to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing.

Both programs are critical to Dutchess County communities because they are capable of funding the kinds of economic development, housing, and revitalization projects that are essential to the success of its local economy, Schumer and Gillibrand added.

Today’s announcement is a result of the FY19 appropriations package, which allocated $3.3 billion to the CDBG program and $1.25 billion to the HOME program. Schumer and Gillibrand pledged to protect CDBG and HOME funding because both programs provide an irreplaceable source of investment for economic development and affordable housing in Upstate New York.

A breakdown of the funding appears below:

Community Development Block Grant Program:

Public Facilities and Infrastructure

Location

Project

Proposed Funding

Town of Amenia

Downtown ADA Improvements

$71,000

City of Beacon

Green Street Park Improvements

$100,000

City of Beacon

Wilkes Street Sanitary Sewer Slip Lining

$60,000

Town of East Fishkill

Red Wing Park Bathhouse Accessibility Improvements

$88,129

Village of Millerton

Sidewalk Infrastructure Repair & Replacement

$150,000

Village/Town of Pawling

West Main Street ADA Sidewalks

$604,444

Town of Red Hook

Recreation Park Architectural Barrier Removal Project

$98,000

Village of Tivoli

Crosswalks Throughout the Village

$40,000

Town of Wappingers

Spook Hill Park

$100,000

Village of Wappingers Falls

Bain Park Improvements

$100,000

Town of Washington

Handicapped Accessible Bathroom & Changing Area

$100,000

Total Proposed Funding

 

$967,573

Public Services

Organization

Project

Proposed Funding

Catholic Charities Community Services

Dutchess County Eviction Prevention Program

$25,000

Friends of Seniors

Senior Medical Transportation and Support Services

$25,000

Hudson River Housing, Inc.

River Haven Youth Homeless Program

$25,000

Hudson River Housing, Inc

Housing First Support Services

$25,000

Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Ctr

Residential Recovery Services - Chemical Dependency

$25,000

Northeast Community Council

Youth Development: Teen Team and CPSB

$25,000

Total Proposed Funding

 

$150,000

Administrative

CDBG Administration

Administration

$279,393


HOME Investment Partnership Program:

Rental Housing

Location

Proposed Funding

Morgan’s Way, Red Hook

$250,000

22 Balding Ave, Poughkeepsie

$200,000

Rental Housing Set-Aside

$257,329

Total Proposed Funding

$707,329


Owner-Occupied Housing

Organization

Proposed Funding

Rebuilding Together

$52,000


Administrative

Administration

$84,369