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Rochester to Receive Americorp Funds for Anti-Poverty Initiative

By Staff



Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced New York State will receive $5.4 million in AmeriCorps funding for 19 municipalities and non-profit organizations to help at-risk children, homebound seniors, low-income families, and struggling veterans throughout the state.

“This is about putting people and resources on the ground in high-needs communities,”Gov. Cuomo stated. “By supporting these programs, we are guiding children to academic success, preparing the unemployed to re-enter the workforce, and taking care of those who have served our country.”

The grants will be awarded through a competitive request for proposals process, and the governor said the funds will enable the cities and non-profits to recruit approximately 700 AmeriCorps members across the state. Each member will receive a scholarship upon completion of his or her service.

In addition, according to Cuomo, nearly $600,000 of the funds will go toward the Anti-Poverty Task Force in Rochester,  in an effort to support programs designed to improve academic achievement, adolescent health, and violence prevention in the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods.

The New York State Commission on National and Community Service – New Yorkers Volunteer, will administer the grants. The commission uses the power of AmeriCorps to address some of the state’s most challenging issues, and encourages citizens to make a difference in the lives of others, the governor’s office said.

The full list of awards is as follows:

Organization Name Program Summary Approved Funding Population Served
City of Rochester Promote adolescent health, childhood literacy, and violence prevention in poverty-stricken areas $431,600 Rochester
Community Health Care Association of NYS Prepare AmeriCorps members for a successful career in community-based primary health care $244,412 Buffalo, Glens Falls, Newburgh, New York City
Cradle Beach Camp Improve academic achievement and attendance rates in Buffalo Public Schools $406,544 Buffalo
Grand Street Settlement Improve academic achievement and economic opportunities in Brooklyn and the Lower East Side $231,133 New York City
Great Oaks Foundation Improve academic achievement at a charter school serving the Lower East Side and Two Bridges $717,162 New York City
Legal Assistance of Western New York Expand legal services to the poor in Bath, Elmira, Geneva, Ithaca, Jamestown, Olean, and Rochester $265,280 Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Western New York
Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties Mentor students to improve academic achievement and literacy in the Hudson City School District $331,294 Hudson
New York Restoration Project Restore and maintain green spaces in economically and environmentally challenged neighborhoods $275,642 New York City
Oswego City-County Youth Bureau Mentor disadvantaged youth; promote nutrition education and physical education to reduce childhood obesity $225,375 Oswego County
Provide financial literacy and housing assistance at the Department of Social Services and other agencies $125,702
Relay Graduate School of Education Improve educational outcomes by training and certifying teachers to work in low-income communities $42,000 New York City
Rural Health Network Assist elderly and home-bound individuals; improve access to health care; increase food security $313,806 Counties of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, and Tompkins
SCO Family of Services Facilitate academic, arts, and recreation activities for low-income students in Sunset Park, Brooklyn $193,695 Brooklyn
Student Conservation Association Protect at-risk ecosystems on public lands; provide environmental education in rural and urban communities $475,000 Adirondack Park, Hudson Valley, New York City
Sunset Park Health Council / Lutheran Family Health Centers Improve academic achievement, job readiness, and health care access in southwest Brooklyn $179,618 Brooklyn
The Institute for Human Services Develop occupational skills; promote employment readiness; provide housing assistance $183,615 Counties of Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben
The Service Collaborative of WNY Provide financial literacy services to 1,800 economically disadvantaged adults in Western New York $245,011 Counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara
Urban League of Rochester Improve academic achievement and college readiness in five northeast Rochester neighborhoods $135,000 Rochester
Utica Municipal Housing Authority Connect low-income residents to job opportunities; help veterans achieve financial and housing stability $136,252 Counties of Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida
Yeshiva Kehilath Yaakov Train low-income and unemployed residents to mentor students and work on health education projects $228,753 New York City