County, City Announce $1.1 Million Available for COVID-19 Emergency Rent and Utility Relief Program

County, City Announce $1.1 Million Available for COVID-19 Emergency Rent and Utility Relief Program

County also awards funding to Legal Services of the Hudson Valley for eviction prevention services

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison have announced more than $1.1 million in funding is available through a COVID-19 Emergency Rent and Utility Relief program for low- and moderate-income households adversely affected by the pandemic. Although there is a temporary moratorium on evictions, payment for past-due rents will be due when the moratorium is lifted, and many households will have difficulty paying past-due rent quickly enough to avoid eviction.

Tenants who are residing in their primary residence, including those residing in a legal rooming house or single room occupancy units, are eligible for up to six consecutive months of rent and utility assistance; past-due lot rent tenants residing in manufactured homes are also eligible for assistance with past-due lot rent. Tenants can apply for funding directly or landlords may apply on behalf of tenants; however, tenants will be responsible for providing documentation to ensure eligibility. Rental assistance is paid to the landlord, and the landlord will be required to submit an IRS Form W-9; utility assistance is paid directly to the utility company.

Dutchess County is allocating more than $930,000 to the program, which aims to promote housing security to all County residents outside the City of Poughkeepsie, and the City is allocating $200,000 to this initiative. The County has also received $8.7 million from the U.S Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program, specifically for rent and utility relief; applications for those funds are anticipated to be available by the end of May 2021. The City receives its own CDBG-CV funds; hence its residents are not eligible for county CDBG-CV funds under federal regulations.

Funding for this current initiative was made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and awarded to the County and the City for distribution through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. This funding must be used for prevention, preparation and response to the Coronavirus (CV) pandemic. The County and the City are partnering with Hudson River Housing (HRH) to implement this program.

County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “Tenants and landlords continue to feel the effects of this pandemic, as many tenants’ employment has been severely limited – if not terminated – making it impossible for them to pay rent to their landlords. Dutchess County is proud to assist tenants, whose income was negatively impacted through no fault of their own, so they can remain in their homes while making their landlords whole. I urge residents who need help paying their rent and utilities to explore this option.”

“During this pandemic, providing rent relief to those who need it is of the utmost importance,” Mayor Rolison said. “The COVID-19 crisis has lasted longer than many of us would have imagined when the virus first spread to our community. Preventing evictions is essential, and we are grateful to be able to participate in this program that will undoubtedly help many of our residents.”

“Hudson River Housing is grateful to the County for their ongoing partnership and leadership, especially in these challenging times,” said HRH Executive Director Christa Hines. “These critical rent relief funds will greatly assist people and families during a time when it is needed the most.”

To be eligible, household income must be at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI) with a priority for households at or below 60 percent of the AMI; see table below:

Additional eligibility requirements are as follows: 

  • Household can demonstrate a COVID-19 related financial impact;
  • Household is in a legally binding agreement with the landlord;
  • Household was issued a rental ledger outlining rent owed by month; and,
  • Landlord and tenant agree to enter into a landlord/tenant rental agreement, with landlord agreeing to waive late and legal fees.

Payments for rental arrears shall be the lesser of the monthly rent for the household or 150 percent of the fair market rent for the unit, based on bedroom size, not to exceed the total arrears due for any individual month, as reflected in the landlord issued rental ledger.

Complete program guidance, eligibility requirements and application instructions can be found here.  Applications are being accepted electronically through May 17, 2021 via an online portal. Notice of awards will begin no later than June 15, 2021 and continue until all funding is expended.

The County also awarded funding to Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) for legal eviction prevention services to households who meet low- and moderate-income limits.  HRH will refer applicants to LSHV, as appropriate.

VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING: Community Development Block Grant COVID (CDBG-CV) 2019 Action Plan Substantial Amendment

The City has received a second round of CDBG-CV funds totaling $473,819. This additional funding requires a second substantial amendment to the City’s 2019 Annual Action Plan to allocate these funds. This amendment outlines the proposed uses of these funds. The City is releasing the proposed plan for a seven (7) day comment period from Monday, March 29, 2021 to Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.  

A virtual public hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1220733198568737806

Download: Community Development Block Grant COVID (CDBG-CV) 2019 Action Plan Substantial Amendment CV3 (PDF)

City of Poughkeepsie 2021 Public Service Application for Funding

The Community Development Department is seeking applications from qualified non-profit organizations interested in providing services that address one or more of the public service needs targeted in the city’s CDBG program. Public services are social service activities in the community that benefit low-to moderate-income citizens as per the CDBG regulations at 24 CFR Part 570.201 (e) Public Services. Specific services are listed in the 2021 CDBG application.

While there is no limit to the number of applications that an organization may submit, each project must be submitted as its own application.

Download: 2021 Community Development Block Grant Application (PDF)

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, April 9, 2021 at 4:30 pm

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED TO:

Social Development Director

City Hall, 3rd Floor

62 Civic Center Plaza

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. All applications received after the closing date noted above will be returned to the applicant without review.

City of Poughkeepsie to Boost Funding in Fight against Gun Violence

City officials have announced that additional funding will be allocated from the City’s CDBG program to provide grants to local non-profits whose mission involves the fight against gun violence and the removal of guns from the streets of Poughkeepsie. Applications for funding under the PILOT grant program are now available on the City’s website here:
https://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/commdev/2021/03/23/city-of-poughkeepsie-2021-public-service-application-for-funding/

“It is imperative that we do all we can to fight back against the gun violence epidemic, and that is why I have worked with the administration to create this grant program to directly fund local organizations doing the work on the ground,” said Councilman Evan Menist of the city’s 2nd Ward. “We are going to start this as a pilot grant program immediately, with plans to expand it into a longer-term commitment in a results-oriented policy of strategic investment in our community. I am thankful for the collaborative partnership with the administration that is making this program possible.”

City officials recognize that local non-profit organizations have a pivotal role in reducing gun violence through various prevention and intervention programs, and this new funding source will help those efforts.

Mayor Rob Rolison said: “There is a proven and significant impact when local governments fund local programs in ways that put vital funding into preventing gun violence.”

CDBG Virtual Public Hearing – Amended Citizen Participation Plan & 2020 Annual Action Plan – March 26, 2021

The City of Poughkeepsie invites its residents, public service agencies, and other stakeholders to provide public input with regard to the City’s Amended Citizen Participation Plan and the 2020 Annual Action Plan on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:00am.

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Dutchess County, City of Poughkeepsie Announce COVID-19 Childcare Relief Scholarship Funding Available

 Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that money is available for a COVID-19 Childcare Relief Scholarship to help low- and moderate-income families meet their needs for childcare for their school-aged children.

The County is allocating an additional $180,000 and launching its second scholarship program to residents outside the City of Poughkeepsie. The City of Poughkeepsie is creating a corresponding program with $90,000 in federal assistance. The programs’ aim is to fill the gap between the number of days students will be physically in school and those days where students are not physically in school.

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City of Poughkeepsie Releases Application, Guidelines for Youth Activities & Opportunities Program

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that the city has released the application and guidelines for the 2021 Youth Activities & Opportunities Program.

The awards assist local non-profit organizations by providing funding to support clubs and leagues, other activities and educational initiatives. These programs have allowed Poughkeepsie youth to participate in community-based programs that emphasize active lifestyles, provide creative outlets, and build long-lasting relationships.

The program has allocated more than $500,000 for these endeavors since its inception in 2018.

“This program is extremely popular and beneficial to the community,” said Mayor Rolison. “Despite the financial hurdles we have faced with COVID-19 and other challenges, providing funds for these activities is essential and will continue to be a priority.”

Among the recipients have been the City of Poughkeepsie Youth Baseball, Basketball and Football leagues; The Art Effect; Bardavon 1869 Opera House; Barrett Art Center; The Black and Latino Coalition; Cocoon Theatre; Community Matters 2; Family Services, Inc.; Hudson River Housing; Mental Health America Dutchess County; Mid-Hudson Aquatics; Mid-Hudson Heritage Center; Mid-Hudson Civic Center Skate Program; National Black Child Development Institute; Nubian Directions II, Inc.; REAL Skills Network; Rebuilding Our Children and Community, Inc. and others.
Guidelines and COVID-19-related requirements also have been implemented by the city. To be eligible for funding, organizations must have policies and procedures in place to appropriately operate under the mandated State COVID 19 orders.

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 at cityofpoughkeepsie.com/commdev/.

Applications must be submitted by February 26, 2021 either via email to [email protected] or to the following address: City of Poughkeepsie, Office of Social Development, 62 Civic Center Plaza.

City of Poughkeepsie Announces Stabilization Grants for Microenterprise Businesses Negatively Affected by COVID

City of Poughkeepsie officials are announcing a partnership with Community Capital New York in the administration of a $200,000 grant program to assist microenterprise businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 virus.

The City of Poughkeepsie Microenterprise Stabilization Grant Program will provide grants of up to $10,000 to stabilize microenterprises and preserve low- and moderate- income jobs.  A microenterprise is defined as a business with five or fewer employees, including the owner.

“The City is dedicated to the growth and welfare of our community and its economic success, and the survival of these small businesses is of paramount concern to us,” said Mayor Rob Rolison.

The funding for the program comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant COVID/CARES Act (CDBG-CV).  Applicants must show they are not duplicating other assistance provided via the federal CARES Act. Applicants also must provide records and information to demonstrate the preservation or creation of a low and moderate job as defined by HUD. Additional details, including the income requirements, and the application form can be found at: https://communitycapitalny.org/the-city-of-poughkeepsie-microenterprise-stabilization-grant-program/

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