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 11:00am.

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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

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:

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: