(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David announced Wednesday the City is awarding $162,500 for human service programs as part of its annual allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding will support 11 agencies working to support low-income families, seniors, youth and those struggling with addiction in 2019. The funding will assist an estimated 2,400 individuals across the community.
“This grant program provides critical support to the local agencies at the forefront of our fight against poverty and to serve high-need populations like our youth and senior citizens,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “These investments help countless low-income families across Binghamton and improve quality of life for all residents.”
The funding will support the following agencies:
- $45,000 — Fairview Recovery Services — Addiction Case Management Program
- $19,500 — Healthy Lifestyles Coalition — Lee Barta Center After School Enrichment
- $15,000 — Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES) — Grow Binghamton Youth Employment Program
- $14,500 — Action for Older Persons — Senior Health Insurance Counseling
- $13,000 — Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network — Parents As Leaders Program
- $12,500 — Boys & Girls Club of Binghamton — Youth Membership
- $12,500 — Broome County Urban League — Youth Services
- $10,000 — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County — CitizenU
- $9,000 — Family Planning of South Central New York — Access To Healthcare Program
- $7,000 — Broome County Office for Aging — Meals On Wheels
- $4,500 — Handicapped Children’s Association — Development Screening Program
"The annual membership fees and summer program fees funded by the City offer so many underserved youth — whose families could not afford so otherwise — the opportunity to join our Club and nine-week summer program," said Marybeth Smith, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Binghamton. “This grant gives so many children in need access to continued learning during the critical summer months, along with consistent exercise, mentorship, and positive new experiences."
“Action for Older Persons’ (AOP) Senior Health Insurance Counseling programs aim to enroll local Medicare beneficiaries in the most appropriate, cost-effective insurance coverage to gain greater access to regular, quality medical care and prescription medications at manageable costs,” said Casondra Hamilton, Action for Older Persons Executive Director. “With the use of Community Development Block Grant Funding from the City of Binghamton in 2018, Action for Older Persons’ staff and volunteers were able to save local seniors more than $2.9 million in health insurance premiums, copays, and prescription expenses in 2018. Demand for senior health insurance counseling is greater than ever in 2019, AOP’s staff and Board of Directors are grateful for the City’s continued support.”
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