Input On Programs and Services Being Sought

For Immediate Release
September 18, 2013
Contact: Joan Lawrence-Bauer
845-331-2140 x 263

Kingston, NY — 09/18/2013 — The Ulster County Housing Consortium’s (UCHC) Annual Meeting for its Continuum of Care (CoC) planning will take place on September 25, from 1-3 pm at the Kirkland, 2 Main Street in Kingston. Representatives from the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance will be in attendance.

The UCHC is a collaborative group formed in 2000 that acts as coordinator for the county’s efforts to access federal housing assistance funds. The Continuum of Care is a process through which the county and its agencies apply for HUD grant funding to provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons as well as services including job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and childcare. They can fund a wide variety of programs including transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families.

This funding supports local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients. The funding requires the collaborative efforts of the public and non-profit sectors to supply needed housing and support services to homeless individuals who are traditionally hard to reach. Since 2001, Ulster County programs have been awarded almost $14 million in CoC funding.

The CoC needs the assistance of community leaders and members to evaluate and work to improve the current delivery of services to homeless individuals and families with the goal of reducing homelessness in our community. Anyone representing Veterans, Faith Based Organizations, Emergency Food, Homeless Housing, Local Government, Non-Profits, Education, Law Enforcement, Medical and Health Care, State Funders or other Homeless Assistance organizations, businesses or agencies, should attend. Additionally, the CoC seeks the input and assistance of formerly homeless persons in helping to improve services.

The meeting is the beginning of a strategic planning process and participation and input is vital to this effort. Representatives of the impacted cohort group(s) may attend themselves or delegate appropriate members of your staff to attend. The CoC’s mission and the active engagement of members and other stakeholders is more important than ever as adjustments are necessary to respond to changes in federal requirements.

Please RSVP to Kathy Germain, at RUPCO (845) 331-9860 or [email protected]

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