Lowey Announces More Than $1.3M in Federal Grants to Tackle Homelessness in Westchester & Rockland

February 8, 2019
Press Release

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman, today announced the awarding of a combined $1,334,896 in federal U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants to Westchester and Rockland counties and the not-for-profit Rockland Hospital Guild to strengthen homelessness services in their communities.

“I am pleased to announce this federal funding to advance efforts to end homeless in Westchester and Rockland counties,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “In order for New York residents and communities to thrive, every individual and family must have access to a safe and secure living environment, the foundation of a stable and successful life. As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue to secure these resources for the Lower Hudson Valley.” 

Westchester County received four grants through HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Program totaling $1,157,573, to support programs that serve chronically homeless individuals and families. Rockland County received a $60,000 CoC grant to support the design and implementation of a coordinated entry system into permanent housing that will prioritize homeless individuals and families. The Rockland Hospital Guild will use its $117,323 CoC grant to support its program that prioritizes the housing needs of homeless mentally-ill parents and families.

“I want to thank Congresswoman Nita Lowey for her work in helping us secure four federal grants for our Department of Social Services, and Community Mental Health,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. “This new, critical funding totals more than $1 million dollars, and Westchester County was also awarded renewals for programs that serve the chronically homeless, individuals with physical disabilities and those who are victims of domestic violence. Because of Congresswoman Lowey’s efforts, some of the most vulnerable people in Westchester County will have a place to live that is safe, affordable and appropriate to their needs.”

“Rockland County Department of Social Services is pleased that HUD and the Continuum of Care displayed their confidence in our agency to carry out this important mission,” said Joan M. Silvestri, Rockland’s Commissioner of Social Services. “The Department of Social Services is also in receipt of two other Housing Grants that assist in rehousing individual and families experiencing homelessness totaling an additional $360,000.00. These grants assist Rockland County in prioritizing critically needed support in our goal to eliminate homelessness.”

“Our agency, Rockland Hospital Guild, looks forward to continuing our proud tradition of supporting people in need of safe, stable and secure housing,” said Andrew Kohlbrenner, Executive Director of Rockland Hospital Guild, Inc. “We are excited to collaborate with HUD on this initiative, allowing for additional opportunities for Rockland County homeless parents and children.”

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness.