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December 7, 2017


 

 

 

Homelessness increases in Hudson Valley

Total Homelessness by County in the Hudson Valley (Source: US HUD)

COUNTY

2017

2016

Columbia/Greene

144

116

Dutchess

388

363

Orange

350

343

Westchester

1,832

1,750

Rockland

170

141

Sullivan

167

163

Ulster

411

328

NEW YORK – Homelessness is up by 6.7 percent year over year in January in the Hudson Valley, according to the latest US Department of Housing and Urban Development statistics.

The annual report to Congress also found a 23.3 percent increase in unsheltered or “street” homelessness, a 0.5 percent increase in chronic or long-term homelessness, and an 11.2 percent increase in family homelessness. Veterans’ homelessness was down by eight percent.

Hudson River Housing headquartered in Poughkeepsie operates the only homeless shelter in Dutchess County – the Webster House in Poughkeepsie – and HRH Executive Director Christa Hines said that 60-bed facility is full every night and often, her agency must send homeless people to facilities in other areas.

What is needed, she said, is additional federal dollars to fund more permanent housing opportunities.

“What we really need is more permanent affordable housing,” Hines said. We don’t want any more shelters; it’s not an ideal situation for folks, so we definitely want to be building more or retrofitting existing spaces for affordable housing for the very low-income people.”

Hudson River Housing has just received a statewide award from the New York Housing Conference for retrofitting the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory building into 15 residential units and 7,000-square feet of commercial space. The entire building is occupied.

 


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