Feds Dole Out $2.5 Million in Block Grants to Rockland

More than $2.5 million in HUD grants awarded to not-for-profits, municipalities

Rockland County announced a total of $2,656,071 million in federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding for Rockland County not-for-profit organizations, towns and villages in grant awards from the County’s Office of Community Development. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds totaled $1.9 million, HOME Investment Partnership Program totaled $586,870 and $163,457 in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG).

“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 and beautify our community,” said County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef.

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. The funds are provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Not-for-profits receiving funding include:

 

· Chiku Awali African Dance – $5,000

· West Street Childcare Center – Summer Enrichment Program – $10,000

· Gateway to an Entrepreneurial Tomorrow / Village of Haverstraw – Business Assistance – $25,000

· RODA – Youth Counseling – $12,000

· Literacy Volunteers of America – Civics and Citizenship Project – $10,000

· Nyack Center – Computer Time – $12,000

· Spring Valley Housing Authority (SVHA) – Family Stabilization Program – $10,000

· Jewish Family Services – Rockland County Senior Support Network – $20,000

· 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

· VCS, Inc. – Foster Grandparent Program – $15,000

 

Municipalities receiving funding include:

 

· Village of Haverstraw – Sidewalk Replacements – $90,000

· Town of Haverstraw – Bowline Point Park Improvements – $80,000

· Village of Suffern – Business District Improvements – $85,000

· Town of Clarkstown – Pedestrian Signals and Detectors – $30,000

· Town of Clarkstown – Mini-Trans Senior Bus – $25,000

· Village of Kaser – Kaser Terrace Sidewalk Improvements – $50,000

· Village of West Haverstraw – Peck’s Pond Recreational Park Improvements – $90,000

· Village of Spring Valley – Curb and Sidewalk Improvements – $100,000

· Town of Ramapo – West Central Avenue Improvements – $50,000

· Village of Hillburn – Youth Center Sewer Connection – $5,400

· Village of Hillburn – Community Room Sewer – $4,600

· Village of South Nyack – Restroom Project – $47,000

· Village of Piermont – Curb Cuts – $3,000

· Town of Stony Point – ADA Elevator Justice Court – $50,000

· Town of Orangetown – Orangetown ADA Public Facilities Improvement Project – $25,000

· Village of New Hempstead – Vacation Camp for the Blind – $8,000

An Emergency Solutions Grant of $25,000 will be given to Rockland Family Shelter for its Emergency Residential Shelter and HACSO will receive $20,000 for Homeownership Training under the HOME Investment Partnership Program.

The Rockland County Office of Community Development selected the grant recipients through an eligibility review that began September 1, 2011 as part of the annual consolidated/action plan process with applications submitted January 31, 2011 said Joseph Abate, director of Housing and Community Development. Abate, along with South Nyack Mayor Patricia DuBow and Haverstraw Town Supervisor Howard Phillips assisted Vanderhoef in this year’s selection review process.