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Rockland Communities, Organizations Share $3.1M In Federal Grants

Funding assists a wide variety of programs, from replacing sidewalks to helping teen programs and boosting senior housing efforts.

A total of $3,126,494 million in federal Housing and Urban Development grant funding for Rockland County not-for-profit organizations, towns and villages has been awarded today by Rockland County’s Office of Community Development.

 “We are grateful for this grant funding that will go to much-needed programs, services and projects throughout the County that will better serve our residents and enhance our community as a whole,” said Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef. 

Community Development Block Grant funds totaled $1.9 million, HOME Investment Partnership Program totaled $1.1 million and $127,442 in Emergency Shelter Grants.

The grants were awarded to municipalities, groups and agencies that provide social services, housing, and revitalization and improvement programs for Rockland residents in lower-to-moderate income brackets, according to county officials. The funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Not-for-profits receiving funding include:

  • Chiku Awali African Dance - $3,000
  • West Street Childcare Center – Early Childhood Collaborative Staff Development - $10,000
  • Literacy Volunteers of Rockland County - $10,000
  • Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center - $6,000
  • Nyack Center – Teen Computer Time - $12,000
  • Spring Valley Housing Authority (SVHA) – Family Stabilization Program - $10,000
  • New Beginnings with Dignity – School Age Program - $8,000
  • Jewish Family Services – Rockland County Senior Support Network - $20,000
  • Konbit Neg Lakay – CNA Program - $25,000
  • Meals-on-Wheels – Homebound Meal Delivery - $10,000
  • Rockland County Legal Aid – Landlord/Tenant Advocacy Program - $36,000
  • Arts Alliance of Haverstraw – Arts Ablaze Program - $18,000
  • Rockland County Fair Housing Education Outreach - $25,000
  • Rockland County – Economic Development Assistance - $40,000

Municipalities receiving funding include:

  • Village of Spring Valley – SVC EEXCEL – EELEF – DaVinci Art Studio - $10,000
  • Village of Haverstraw – GET Program - $25,000
  • Town of Haverstraw – Bowline Point Park Improvements - $90,000
  • Village of Suffern – Downtown Facade Program - $87,000
  • Town of Clarkstown – Squadron Boulevard Improvements - $75,000
  • Village of Kaser – Rita Avenue Improvements - $50,000
  • Village of West Haverstraw – Peck’s Pond Recreational Area Improvements - $90,000
  • Village of Spring Valley – Curb and Sidewalk Improvements - $140,000
  • Village of Haverstraw – Sidewalk Replacement - $95,000
  • Town of Ramapo – Herschel Terrace Drainage Improvements - $40,000
  • Village of Hillburn – Sidewalk and Curb Replacement - $25,000
  • Village of South Nyack – Cedar Hill Road Resurface - $40,000
  • Village of Nyack – Sidewalk Replacement - Central Village - $45,000

Under the HOME Investment Partnership Program, the following will receive funding:

  • Rockland County Legal Aid - Landlord/Tenant Advocacy Program - $30,000
  • HACSO - $20,000
  • Village of Sloatsburg – Sewer Connections - $100,000
  • Tenant Assistance Program - $121,147
  • Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program - $150,000
  • Rockland Housing Action Coalition (RHAC) – Hyenga Lake Senior Housing - $150,000
  • Esther Gitlow Senior Housing Phase III – Village of Suffern - $200,000
  • Homebuyers Assistance - $325,000

Emergency shelter grants of $50,000 will be given to Rockland Family Shelter and $71,070 the Eviction Prevention Program, Vanderhoef said.

The Rockland County Office of Community Development selected the grant recipients through an eligibility review that began Sept. 1, 2010 and filed applications Jan. 31, 2011, according to Joseph Abate, director of Housing and Community Development. Abate, along with Haverstraw Mayor Michael Kohut and Haverstraw Town Supervisor Howard Phillips assisted Vanderhoef in this year’s selection review process.

Chauncy Tillinghast May 23, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Where did all this FREE money come from? This is why we are broke!
Chauncy Tillinghast May 23, 2011 at 09:58 PM
Too bad the Clarkstown cops did not know about all that anti eviction money before they lobbed all those dangerous grenades into that guy in the Nanuet apartment. They could have paid his rent and he would still be alive.

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