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
CVH is seeking an experienced organizer who wants to play a central role in building and strengthening CVH’s Mid-Hudson Valley work, with a focus on Orange and/ or Dutchess County. We seek a professional organizer who will be focused on the building of a relational culture featuring base-building, leadership development, and campaign work. We are seeking an experienced organizer who wants to play a critical role in taking CVH to a new level of power and influence in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
By Michael Howard
Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 12:05 AM EDT
Residents in the city of Poughkeepsie raised money in an effort to bring a program called SNUG to their community to help cure violence. Time Warner Cable News' Michael Howard has the details and why they say it could turn the city around.
Poughkeepsie, like many cities, has its share of violence.
"We have had so many murders in the city of Poughkeepsie," resident Tama Bell said.
She has seen them first-hand.