BEACON, N.Y. -- The Community Services Programs, an award-winning non-profit agency that works to improve the quality of life through affordable housing and community projects in the region, celebrated the anniversary of its fourth decade in business.
The agency held a ribbon cutting at its Meadow Ridge II residential complex in Beacon on Jan. 13, which was attended by City of Beacon Mayor Randy Casale; New York State Senator Sue Serino’s representative, Susan McGuire; CSP board members and staff from the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, as well as other local dignitaries.
“It has been our challenging mission to develop and provide housing for seniors, working families and first-time home buyers and to work on behalf of our communities during the past four decades,” said David Merte, CSP’s chairman and retired director of gas operations for Central Hudson Gas & Electric. “I am immensely proud of our board of directors, staff and volunteers, all of whom share a commitment for service to others and, collectively, offer more than 100 years of experience in development and housing management.”
The organization, which started out as a small group of volunteers to a comprehensive organization along with its subsidiary, Hudson Valley Housing Development Fund Company, has developed 458 rental and homeownership residences totaling more than $80 million and counting since its beginnings, including projects in Dutchess County and select sites in Ulster and Orange Counties.
Some of their efforts include Beacon’s Meadow Ridge Development, a 54-unit complex for working families, and Meadow Ridge II, a 52-unit residence for those aged 62 and older.
As well, CSP has contributed to the region’s economic development as the original architect of the New York State Economic Development Zone in Dutchess County, along with other economic development and community development projects, such as the purchase and preservation of one of the five Hudson River Valley U.S. Post Offices designed and commissioned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s.
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