Consolidated Plan Public Hearings

The Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development and the City of Poughkeepsie Office of Social Development are in the process of preparing the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan.  The City and County complete a joint plan for submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  This Plan establishes the priorities for the allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Program funds.  The County and City anticipate receiving $15 million dollars through these programs over the next five years. 

Two public hearings will be held to give the public and interested agencies an opportunity to comment on the County and City’s needs and priorities as they relate to housing and community development.  The hearings will be held on:

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
City of Poughkeepsie City Hall
Common Council Chambers 3rd Floor
62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Dutchess County Farm and Home Center
2715 Route 44, Millbrook, NY 12545 

Persons requiring special assistance in attending this session, such as sign interpreters or foreign language interpreters, must contact Anne Saylor at [email protected] or (845) 486-3600 by Friday, November 15, 2019 so assistance can be arranged.  Questions regarding the public hearing should be directed to Anne Saylor, Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development, [email protected] or (845) 486-3600 or Jacklyn Greenwald, City of Poughkeepsie Office of Social Development, at [email protected] or(845) 451-4020.

City Expands Youth Program Funding

The nine-member Common Council has unanimously adopted a mid-year budget amendment which expands funding for youth services in the City of Poughkeepsie, Mayor Rob Rolison announced.

The Youth Activities & Opportunities Program was established in 2018. The awards assist local non-profit organizations by providing funding to support clubs and leagues as well as various summer and educational programs. The budget amendment makes an additional $100,000 available immediately to eligible organizations that provide positive, creative and healthy programs and activities for children.

Mayor Rolison said, “There is a robust dialogue within the community today around the potential uses for the former YMCA property on Montgomery Street, which was a haven of vibrant youth activities in the City for many years. While that process is ongoing, we must at the same time continue to rebuild programmatic funding streams, support our non-profit partners and engage with all city stakeholders in order to assure improved access to youth programs citywide.”

Finance Committee Chairwoman Natasha Cherry (D-6th Ward) said, “Every small step we take with our children builds better outcomes for them, for our families, and for our entire community. There is tremendous volunteerism going on in the City today and these grants magnify the impact of all those who give their time in support of these programs.”

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Social Development at (845) 451-4046 for further information or to discuss program eligibility. The application form can be found here: http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/commdev/

Applications will be accepted through October 15, 2019, or until funds are exhausted.