City of Poughkeepsie Releases Proposal to Use COVID-19 Funds, Sets Public Hearing

The City of Poughkeepsie has released its proposal to use $490,255 in Community Development Block Grant funding for coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery efforts.

The funds come through the Federal CARES Act and have been allocated to the city by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funds must be used to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts and cannot be used to offset the city’s projected $2.1 million current year budget shortfall. This additional funding requires a substantial amendment to the city’s 2019 Annual Action Plan. The city has also set a public hearing on the matter.

“We are grateful for these funds, and we believe we have put together a thoughtful, comprehensive way to use them,” said City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.

The city is proposing to allocate money for business stabilization grants, child care costs, eviction prevention and housing security, food distribution and other endeavors. Grants awarded through this program are aimed at benefiting low- to moderate-income residents of the City of Poughkeepsie.

“We must work to maximize the benefit this award will bring to our community, by understanding exactly what the current needs are, and public input is essential,” said City Administrator Marc Nelson.

The city has scheduled a virtual public hearing for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Members of the public will be given the opportunity to make verbal comments during that time.

To read the details of the proposal and to register for the public hearing, click here.

 For more information, contact Jaclyn Greenwald at [email protected]

Community Development Block Grant COVID (CDBG-CV) 2019 Action Plan Substantial Amendment

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act made $490,225 available to the City of Poughkeepsie under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV). These funds are to be used to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). This additional funding requires a substantial amendment to the City’s 2019 Annual Action Plan. This amendment available online below outlines the proposed uses of these funds. The City is releasing the proposed plan for a seven (7) day comment period from Thursday, September 10, 2020 to Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. 

Download: CDBG-CV 2019 Action Plan Substantial Amendment (.pdf)

Virtual Public Hearing

A virtual public hearing on the matter will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.. Effective immediately and based upon notices and health advisories issued by Federal, State, and Local officials related to the Coronavirus, the City of Poughkeepsie will not hold in-person meetings. Until further notice, all future meetings and public hearings will be held via videoconferencing, as permitted by the NYS Open Meetings Law. Due to public health and safety concerns, the public will not be permitted to attend at the remote locations where city staff will be situated. The public, however, will be able to fully observe the videoconference hearing with the information posted below.

The public can email written comments regarding the matter to Jaclyn Greenwald at [email protected] during the seven (7) day comment period listed above. Members of the public will also be provided the opportunity to give verbal comments during the scheduled public hearing.

Please register for City of Poughkeepsie CDBG-CV 2019 Action Plan Substantial Amendment public hearing to be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 11:00 AM EDT:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The meeting will be recorded and subsequently posted for viewing on our website and can be found here:  https://totalwebcasting.com/view/?id=cop

Low-Income Residents Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic Could Qualify for Aid

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced that financial assistance with rent payments is available for low-income residents whose situation has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The New York State Department of Homes and Community Renewal is making $100 million available for people in this situation. Renters can go to the State’s Rental Relief Program website for more details and to see if they are eligible.

“There is a relatively short window for people to act, so we encourage them to do so immediately,” said City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison. “This pandemic has caused widespread concerns and challenges, and for many, making rent payments is one of them. The city has worked closely with other levels of government and nonprofits to assist people during the crisis. This state program is another good effort to help people who may have lost their job or, for one reason or another, are struggling to make their rent payments.”

As of July 16, the state is accepting applicants for a two-week period through the New York State COVID Rent Relief website, https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP

To qualify, renters must list New York as their primary residence and must demonstrate they have lost income due to COVID-19 crisis from April 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.

The one-time subsidy could provide up to four months of assistance during this period, and payments are paid directly to the applicant’s landlord. Homeowners are not eligible for this program.

The City of Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County are also partnering with two local agencies — Hudson River Housing and Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County — to provide additional support during the application process to those in extremely low-income households; with limited English proficiency; in need of technology assistance and access; and to those most at risk of homelessness.

Assistance may be requested by calling one of the numbers below:

  • Hudson River Housing, 845-337-4407, ext. 105
  • Catholic Charities, 845-451-4251

The City of Poughkeepsie’s Community Development Block Grant CARES ACT (CDBG-CV) funds, secured via the federal CARES Stimulus Act, are being used to support this partnership.

City of Poughkeepsie Reopening Youth Activities & Opportunities To Applicants

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that grants through the Youth Activities & Opportunities Program established in 2018 and refunded by the Common Council in this year’s budget will now be available to eligible applicants.

The awards assist local nonprofits by providing funding to support youth services as well as various summer and educational programs.

 As a result of the COVID 19 crisis, the Youth Activities & Opportunities Program was placed on a “temporary pause” due to the uncertainty surrounding the reopening of the City. Guidelines and COVID- related requirements have now been put into place, and city funding will be available as programs reconvene. Organizations that have new programming or that has a modified one should submit a new application and/or an amendment to their original application, specifically setting forth the policies and procedures in place to appropriately operate under the mandated State COVID 19 orders. The information must be submitted to the Office of Social Development in order to be considered for funding.

 “We have been able to grow the sum of this money over the years,” said Mayor Rolison. “We look forward to playing an instrumental role as programs come back on line after this very difficult period.”

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.

City of Poughkeepsie Gets $490,000 in Federal Money to Aid COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison has announced the city has received $490,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding for coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery efforts.

The money comes through the Federal CARES Act and has been allocated to the city by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“We greatly appreciate this aid,” said Mayor Rolison. “The city administration has identified significant budget challenges as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and we know businesses and nonprofits have suffered severe losses during this time as well and will need assistance.”

Grants awarded through this program are aimed at benefiting low- to moderate-income residents of the City of Poughkeepsie. They are intended to keep businesses open, with a particular emphasis on those involved in a range of activities to prevent and respond to the spread of infectious diseases such as coronavirus. That could involve manufacturing medical supplies, enhancing testing capabilities, avoiding job loss caused by business closures related to social distancing and expanding health care workers and technicians who are available to treat disease within the community. You can learn more about eligible initiatives here, https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/Main/documents/Quick-Guide-CDBG-Infectious-Disease-Response-031920.pdf

For more information about funding opportunities, contact Jaclyn Greenwald, the city’s Director of Social Development, at (845) 451-4046, email [email protected]OfPoughkeepsie.com

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.