Community Voices Heard's Dutchess County Chapter has played a key role in preventing the City of Poughkeepsie bus system from being eliminated and replaced with the private Dutchess County Loop system operated by First Transit, a transportation company based in Ohio. While CVH members were previously able to prevent the buses from being cut a few years ago, the adopted city budget for 2017 had only allocated funds for the buses until June 30th.
CVH made the decision to start building power in Dutchess County in 2009 when members were exploring how to make the spending of the community Development Block Grants better benefit the community and respond to the residents’ needs. After our successful campaign to stop the imposition of fees and time limits at Dutchess County’s only homeless shelter for single adults, CVH demanded that the county move toward a “Housing First” model. In 2014, 35 units of new housing for homeless vets opened and the county’s first funding request for a special Housing First Facility for non-vets was submitted. We worked successfully with our partners in Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson to pass a Foreclosure Bond Ordinance in Poughkeepsie, the first such ordinance in NY State. It places the financial burden of maintaining property in foreclosure on the banks, requiring a $10,000 bond the City can tap for upkeep of the property.
Transit access was another focal point in Poughkeepsie. Our work ensured that the County would not absorb the city system. In September we won public assurances from both the Mayor and City Council that there will be a similar level of funding for City buses in the budget, that neighborhood service will be preserved with no substantial changes in bus routes, no layoffs in the bus service, and that signs and schedules will be posted at major bus stops.
•For more information or to get involved, contact Dutchess County Organizer Jordan Taylor (Jordan@CVHaction.org) 845-790-5945
Dutchess County Office
29 North Hamilton St, Suite L17
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Hello CVH Extended Family,
After almost 16 years at Community Voices Heard (CVH), I have decided that it’s time to pass the torch and allow for new leadership at the organization….and a new chapter in my own life as well.
Dear Community Voices Heard Members and Friends,
The Board of Directors of Community Voices Heard and CVH Power, want to thank you for all you do to make CVH a powerful force for low-income people across New York State.
Estimados miembros y amigos de Community Voices Heard:
Nosotros - la junta directiva de Community Voices Heard y CVH Power - queremos expresar nuestro agradecimiento a todos ustedes por su continuo trabajo, convirtiendo a CVH en una fuerza poderosa para la gente de bajos ingresos en la ciudad y el estado de Nueva York.