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
“What we really need is more permanent affordable housing. 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,” Hines said.
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.
Total Homelessness by County in the Hudson Valley (Source: US HUD)
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