Governor Hochul Announces Groundbreaking for $6.6 Million Community Center Expansion in Troy

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the start of construction on a $6.6 million expansion of the Economic Opportunity Commission’s Community Resource Center in Troy. The Community Resource Center Bridge will provide early childhood education, youth and elder programs, as well as nutrition and wellness services.

“Everyone in New York deserves access to the resources they need to succeed,” Governor Hochul said. “Community Centers are key to providing essential services like early childhood education, after-school programs and activities that keep seniors engaged and healthy. The expanded Community Resource Center is an important investment that will provide Troy residents essential services for decades to come.”

The project is supported by a $5 million award to the Greater Capital Region Economic Opportunity Commission, Inc. through New York’s allocation of federal funding from the CARES Act Community Development Block Grant. New York State Homes and Community Renewal administers the CDBG-CARES program.

The CEO will use the funding to build an addition to its existing facility located at 2328 5th Avenue in downtown Troy. The expansion will provide space for three early childhood classrooms, outdoor space to provide community services and a community hall.

The project will help address challenges faced by the CEO throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, such as social distancing, in-person service delivery, ventilation, safe outdoor space, and appropriate technology for indoor operations. distance.

Federal funding from the CARES Community Development Block Grant has been allocated to states in 2020 to support community projects that address pandemic-related health and safety issues and improve public services.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said: “The expansion of the Troy Community Resource Center will benefit thousands of residents by providing much-needed programs in a safe and healthy environment. Throughout the pandemic, nonprofit organizations and municipalities across the state have grappled with complex operational challenges and increased demand Our $5 million CDBG CARES award will go a long way in helping the Economic Opportunity Commission expand its reach and better fulfill its mission of empowering the people of Troy .

Senator Chuck Schumer said: “Investing in the youth of Troy is investing in the future of the Capital Region, and I am proud to deliver the $5 million in federal funding to boost the community, its families, its seniors and, most importantly , the children of Troy. When I negotiated the CARES Act, it was long overdue investments – like this desperately needed expansion of the community center – that I had in mind. Now Troy will finally have the space to gather state-of-the-art community service that it has long deserved.

Representative Paul Tonko said: “In the midst of the COVID pandemic, Congress has worked quickly to advance the CARES Act to strengthen our economy and provide a lifeline for our families, small businesses, and communities. I am thrilled to see this funding is donated to our Capital Region. This project will serve the residents of Troy well, with support for early learning, services for the elderly, and more. I look forward to continuing to push for policies that drive community revitalization and make our region a better place.

State Senator Neil Breslin said: “The expansion of the Economic Opportunity Commission’s Community Resource Center will bring great benefits to the people of Troy. I commend Governor Hochul and Homes and Community Renewal for their commitment to expanding early childhood education opportunities. , along with other young and old, programming that will now be available to people across our community.”

Assemblyman John T. McDonald III, said“The Economic Opportunity Commission provides individuals and families with tools they can use to enrich their lives and lift themselves out of poverty. This community center expansion will allow the CEO to improve and upgrade its facilities and services programs that enable meaningful improvements that will impact everyone from older adults to young children Thank you Governor Hochul and Homes and Community Renewal for continuing to invest in projects that will expand crucial programs and services that will dramatically improve the community.

City of Troy Mayor Patrick Madden said: “We are extremely grateful to Governor Hochul for this important investment in our young residents. The pandemic has impacted all of us – no more than our young people who have lost important educational and social experiences. The city applauds the CEO for his development initiative this community center and the State of New York for their support in their work.It is truly an investment in our future.

Katherine Maciol, CEO and Chairman of the CEO, said: “We are extremely excited about the potential this building will bring to our community and the residents of Troy. This indoor and outdoor space will provide the opportunity to meet the wellness needs of the community by offering training, classes, family educational initiatives, celebrations, and more. This will help establish a much-needed service center here near the Hoosick St. corridor. The pandemic has been difficult for our communities, but this building marks a new era of exciting opportunity. for the CEO and our customers.

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