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For immediate release: September 6, 2017
Contact: Craig Smith
Phone: 518-402-3130

Governor Cuomo Announces $6.9 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for Programs Increasing Economic Opportunity for New Yorkers

Funding will support 21 local and regional agencies statewide

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the approval of $6.9 million in federal funding to help reduce poverty, fight the opioid epidemic, boost economic opportunities, invigorate educational support and provide critical health services across New York State. The funding comes through The New York State Commission on National and Community Service and complements a $5.8 million AmeriCorps grant awarded to 11 agencies earlier this year.

"This critical funding will help provide stable housing for some of the most vulnerable among us, fighting the opioid epidemic and supporting our communities with health and educational services," Governor Cuomo said. "With this funding, we provide assistance to various agencies to invest in our communities, making them a safer and healthier place for New Yorkers to live and thrive."

The funding will help boost crucial programs with grants ranging from $42,000 to more than $1 million.

Linda Cohen, Executive Director of the NYS Commission on National and Community Service said, "The commission is glad to be able to direct resources and provide support to address some of the most urgent issues of our time, such as assistance for those battling substance use disorders and protecting the most vulnerable people who live and work in our communities. We are firm believers in volunteerism and building stronger communities by lifting people up."

Congressman José E. Serrano said, "AmeriCorps and the organizations it supports are crucial for areas like the Bronx. Thanks to this funding, more than a dozen state and local organizations doing great work in New York will have access to the resources they need to continue having an impact and making a difference in the life of Bronxites. As a member of the Appropriations committee, I will continue fighting to ensure programs like AmeriCorps have access to the funding they need to do their job."

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez said, "Investing in community initiatives that benefit working families is an invaluable way to bolster local economies and enrich lives. I'm particularly pleased to see funds to increase New York City's commitment to fight the opioid crisis, strengthen communities such as Sunset Park and Cypress Hills and invest in our children's education."

Congressman Brian Higgins said, "National and community service funding is at risk of complete elimination under federal budget proposals put forth by the White House. This federal funding will go a long way here in Western New York and demonstrates the important role national service plays in filling gaps in housing, education, health related needs in local communities."

Congressman Adriano Espaillat said
, "I commend Governor Cuomo on today's announcement of $6.9 million in AmeriCorps funding, which will be a tremendous boost to our efforts to address persistent poverty, fight the staggering opioid crisis, provide health services and create economic and educational opportunities for New York through greater services across the state."

Agencies receiving the funding are:

Program Name
New York State Department of State
Empire Corps
Student Conservation Association
Excelsior Conservation Corps
The Service Collaborative of Western New York
Western New York
Service Collaborative Economic Development Corps
Cradle Beach Camp, Inc.
Western New York
Cradle Beach Camp
Catholic Health System, Inc.
Western New York
Healthcare Navigators for Opioid Patients
City of Rochester
Finger Lakes
Flower City AmeriCorps Anti-Poverty Initiative
Monroe Community College
Finger Lakes
Rochester AmeriCorps
Urban League of Rochester
Finger Lakes
Urban League of Rochester
Wayne County Action Program, Inc.
Finger Lakes and Central New York
Finger Lakes Living Healthy
Oswego City-County Youth Bureau
Central New York
Oswego AmeriCorps Program
Rural Health Network
Southern Tier and Central New York
Combatting the Opioid Epidemic
Utica Municipal Housing Authority
Mohawk Valley and Central New York
Utica Public Housing AmeriCorps
Mental Health Association of Columbia Greene Counties, Inc.
Capital Region
Hudson P.R.O.M.I.S.E Corps
Habitat for Humanity
Western New York, Finger Lakes, Central New York, Mid-Hudson and Long Island
Habitat for Humanity of New York State
Community Health Care Association of New York State
Western New York, Central New York, Mid-Hudson and New York City
CHCANYS Opioid Response Corps
SCO Family of Services
New York City
Sunset Park Community Corps
Yeshiva Kehilath Yaakov
New York City
Recovery Community LEAD
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
New York City
East Brooklyn Collaborative for Youth Development
Community Health Care Association of New York State
New York City, Mid-Hudson and Long Island
CHCANYS Healthy Future Corps
Harlem Children's Zone
New York City
Harlem Children's Zone
Relay Graduate School
New York City
Relay Graduate School of Education New York Teaching Residency


About the New York State Commission on National and Community Service
The New York State Commission on National & Community Service - New Yorkers Volunteer seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering in New York State. It was established in 1994 by an Executive Order of the Governor, and administers programs funded by the National Community Service Trust Act of 1993, including AmeriCorps State and AmeriCorps Education Awards programs. For more information, visit, Facebook, and Twitter @NYersVolunteer.
About AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. Since 1994, more than 72,000 AmeriCorps members in New York State have completed more than 110 million hours of service. For more information, visit