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The Planning Department's Division of Community Development and Housing administers the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), Shelter Plus Care (S+C), and Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP) programs. The Division also provides technical expertise on community development and affordable housing issues.
The CDBG Program is an Urban County Consortium, which comes into existence through the voluntary participation formalized through a Cooperation Agreement, between the County and local town, village and city governments. The HOME Program is a consortium between the County and City of Poughkeepsie. CDBG funds are allocated on a competitive basis to the municipalities that particiate. HOME funds are distributed by the County and City to private developers and housing programs through an application process.
The current CDBG and HOME program objectives by priority were established during the 2008–2012 Consolidated Plan process in conjunction with the Dutchess County Community Development Advisory Committee, which is comprised of three chief elected officials of local municipalities who are members of the Urban County Consortium; and four community representative members from the areas of local government, economic development, housing and human service. These objectives are consistent with the primary and other national objectives of the programs and have been developed in accordance with CDBG and HOME rules and regulations.
A summary of the program objectives include the following priorities:
Other Consolidated Plan priorities also include:
The overall approach toward selection of Community Development projects is to permit each consortium community to define its own needs and to develop programs to meet these concerns. This approach, based on local autonomy in assessing community development needs, is consistent with the decentralized philosophy of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.
In order to implement the main objective of the program, that being to benefit low to moderate income persons, and focus the funding toward targeted groups and priorities, the Community Development Advisory Committee has adopted the priorities.
The Division addresses housing needs through various programs designed to maintain and expand housing affordability throughout Dutchess County. The largest program is the HOME program, which provides subsidies to private and non-profit developers to create or maintain affordable housing. The Division has several other programs, outlined in this section, which help seniors maintain their homes, and programs to assist the homeless. The Division also provides technical assistance to municipalities on how they can create affordable housing through their own initiatives, particularly inclusionary zoning.