Back in 1980, Dutchess County Executive Lucille Pattison recognized that there was a homeless crisis in the county and appointed a Task Force to address the problem, which resulted in the formation of Hudson River Housing and the first emergency shelter for the homeless. This vital service has been at the heart of the program as Hudson River Housing expanded over the years to include transitional housing; affordable apartments and houses; housing for veterans, for youth, and for seniors; historic preservation; rehabs of existing structures as well as new construction; employment assistance; and help for first-time home buyers. In this program, Christa Hines, Executive Director of Hudson River Housing, tells the story of this amazing agency and the work that it does. With a staff of 160 as well as many volunteer workers, the Housing Agency has become central to improving Poughkeepsie—and it has extensions to Beacon and to northeastern Dutchess (Amenia, Pine Plains, and Millerton) where there are considerable needs as well.
Hudson River Housing: mailto:https://hudsonriverhousing.org/
Family Partnership Center: mailto:http://familyservicesny.org/family-partnership-center/
Mental Health America of Dutchess County: mailto:https://mhadutchess.org/
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