Congressman Sean Maloney

Representing the 18th District of New York
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Maloney Announces Major Federal Investments in Hudson Valley Youth Homeless Shelters Totaling $400,000

Oct 3, 2016
Press Release

Newburgh, NY -  Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced a total of $400,000 in investments for two Hudson Valley nonprofits to help runaway and homeless youth. Funded through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Hudson River Housing will receive $200,000 to provide adequate staffing for their 24 hour shelter, and Green Chimneys will receive $200,000 to support its wraparound services including counseling, advocacy and follow-up.

“As the father of three kids, I can’t imagine a child going to sleep at night without a roof over their head – especially when we experience extreme weather events like blizzards or hurricanes in the Hudson Valley,” said Rep. Maloney. “Working together I will continue to make essential investments in our local nonprofits like Green Chimneys and Hudson River Housing to support homeless youth and keep our kids safe.”

“Green Chimneys is thrilled to receive federal funding for our Basic Center and Street Outreach Programs through the Administration for Children and Families,” said Kristin Dionne Director, Fund Development, The Friends of Green Chimneys. “This funding is vital for us to continue to serve runaway, homeless and at-risk youth through our shelter and community outreach center programs. We thank Congressman Maloney for his support in addressing the needs of vulnerable youth in our district and look forward to working on making this a safe, supportive community for all youth.”  

“This is thrilling news as we approach the fiscal year for our emergency shelter for homeless youth,” said Patrice Kellett Director of River Haven. “This is the only shelter of its kind in Dutchess County and it provides much needed resources for the increasing needs of this vulnerable population.”

Funding for Green Chimneys  will provide a litany of services designed to improve the lives of hundreds of homeless youth throughout the Hudson Valley. Through the assistance of this award, Green Chimneys will be able to continue to operate its Arbor House Shelter, which currently serves more than 250 children and young adults. In addition, the Shelter will be able to also reach 4,000 more at-risk youth through increased preventative outreach efforts.  The services of Arbor House are vital to the hundreds of homeless children throughout the Hudson Valley. Green Chimneys aims to ultimately reunite their clients with their families whenever possible, preventing future episodes of separation/homelessness and avoiding involvement/placement with the mental health, juvenile justice and foster care systems. Funding for Hudson River Housing will enable the organization to provide adequate staffing for their 24 hour shelter and augment their outreach program. Last year, Hudson River Housing lost funding, and has struggled to maintain its services for homeless youth.

Through a continuum of services for the homeless to the homeowner, Hudson River Housing is dedicated to building strong, sustainable communities by developing and preserving quality affordable housing and helping families and individuals obtain and maintain housing through education, advocacy, and support services. Green Chimneys is a multi-faceted nonprofit organization helping young people to maximize their full potential by providing residential, educational, clinical and recreational services, in a safe and supportive environment that nurtures connections with their families, the community, animals and nature.

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