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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan Announces COVID-19 Recovery Funding for Summer Camps, Rental & Mortgage Assistance, and Other Services

July 10, 2020

Date: July 9, 2020
Contact: David Galin

ALBANY, NY – Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany Community Development Agency Director Faye Andrews announced nearly a half-million dollars in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding awards to local community-based organizations to help Albany residents recover from the impacts of COVID-19 (see additional available grants below). 

This initial round of funding includes:
  • $250,000 in rent and mortgage payment assistance
  • $130,000 in health and education resources, including groceries, PPE, and broadband access
  • $100,000 in summer camp and day care programming
“Our city and our entire country have been hurting in many ways over the last four months as a result of COVID-19,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “Albany residents have struggled to obtain food and day care, and pay their rent or mortgage, and these programs will help support them as we continue to overcome the impacts of COVID-19. Thank you to Albany Community Development Agency Director Faye Andrews and the ACDA Board Members, including City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar, Commissioner of Administrative Services Rachel McEneny, Corporation Counsel Marisa Franchini, and Common Council President Corey Ellis, for their quick coordination and efforts to support our residents.”

Rent / Mortgage Assistance Funding Awards
Funded Partner Program  Amount Awarded 
United Tenants Association Eviction prevention court advocate and one-time emergency rental assistance grants not to exceed cost of three (3) months' rent to households at or below 80% of Are Median Income $200,000
Affordable Housing Partnership Foreclosure prevention for Albany homeowners facing loss of home due to loss of income or inability to find employment due to COVID-19 $50,000
   TOTAL $250,000 

Public Service Funding Awards
Funded Partner  Program  Amount Awarded 
US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants  Providing laptops and WiFi access to 30 refugee and immigrant families  $15,000 
Black Nurses Coalition  Community Health Virtual Wellness Clinic  $15,000 
Albany Fund for Education  Food deliveries to 270 students and families   $15,000 
Social Enterprise and Training (SEAT) Center  Academic and workforce development for low-income young people from underrepresented communities  $15,000 
Grateful Villages  Hand sanitizer and community health bulletins to at-risk communities  $15,000 
Equinox, Inc.  PPE provided to participants in Equinox's domestic violence shelter and youth residential programs  $15,000 
Salvation Army  COVID Outreach and Support Programs (COSP), including support to food pantry and PPE donations  $15,000 
South End Children's Cafe  Fresh food for children and families in need  $13,000 
South End Neighborhood Tutors, Inc. (Wizards Wardrobe)  Provide tablets and WiFi to children in summer tutoring programs  $10, 837 
   TOTAL $128,837 

Summer Camp & Day Care Funding Awards
Funded Partner  Program  Amount Awarded 
Albany Police Athletic League (PAL)  Day camp for low-income children  $43,770 
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area  Summer Camp & Teen Program at the Albany Clubhouse  $38,858 
The Baby Institute  Summer Camp  $13,000 
   TOTAL $95,623 

Grants are still available for summer camps, day care, and public assistance:

Public Service: $200,000 (grants of up to $15,000) 
  • Provision of meals, groceries and other necessities to Albany residents impacted by the COVID-19 Virus 
  • Provision of PPE and/or cleaning supplies to low income residents
  • Provision of broadband, WiFi, and/or electronic devices to low income youth/families so that distance learning can continue without access to school buildings, libraries and other facilities
  • Outreach to vulnerable populations to provide health education and services related to the COVID-19 pandemic
Summer Camp/Day Care: $150,000 (grants of up to $60,000) 
  • Opportunities for summer camp/day care for low to moderate income youth in the City of Albany
Guidelines for the funding can be found here. Residents and businesses can apply for funding online here or download a hard copy of the application here. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Funding information can also be found on the ACDA webpage.  

Anyone who wishes to complete a hard copy of the application will need to make arrangements with ACDA to drop it off at the office at 200 Henry Johnson Boulevard.  Please email Faye Andrews at fandrews@albanyny.gov to arrange a time to submit an application.

About the CDBG Funding:

In response to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provided the City of Albany a Community Development Block Grant Fund (CDBG-CV) allocation to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19). After the announcement of that funding, the City of Albany distributed a community-wide survey that was completed in March to help direct funding priorities.

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