IFCA Wins Multiple New York State and Westchester County Grants

Public funding tops $312,000 in three months
January 29, 2009

Ossining – Interfaith Council for Action, Inc. (IFCA) Executive Director June A. Jarvis announced that IFCA has been awarded six public funding awards totaling $312,000 during the past four months. The awards are from New York State; NYSERDA, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s EmPower New York Program; and Westchester County.

“These awards will enable us to enhance our properties, which not only provide better livings conditions for our tenants, but help to revitalize the entire neighborhood,” says Ms. Jarvis, who assumed her current position 18 months ago at the request of IFCA’s Board of Directors. At that time, Debra Descloux was appointed Deputy Director; she serves as the agency’s Director of Development, as well as Property Manager. Ms. Descloux was lead grant writer for the awards and will manage the building renovation projects.

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, representing the 90th New York State Assembly District, said: “During tough economic times, affordable housing is such a critical area of need. I am so excited New York State is able to help IFCA make possible these enhancements in our area. This will go a long way to providing much-needed upgrades and new affordable units in Ossining, where the demand is very high. It will help to improve the entire neighborhood.”

Late in 2008, IFCA received a $45,000 in-kind grant from EmPower New York, which provided a new heating unit, insulation, energy efficient refrigerators and lighting for a 17-family property on Spring Street. In January, New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal announced its latest round of Rural Area Revitalization Program awards in January. IFCA’s $165,000 proposal to renovate a property on Edward Street in Ossining was among those approved.

IFCA received a triple nod when it received approval for its Westchester County Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) submissions. IFCA will receive $95,000 over the next three years to fund renovations on various buildings in the Village of Ossining. Through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), CDBG provides communities with resources to address a wide range of community development needs.

IFCA also received notice of a $7,000 award from Westchester County for tax site coordination services for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. IFCA has run a site for low income taxpayers at its main offices for the past five years, and this year the agency launched a mobile tax unit that will serve Peekskill, as well.

Interfaith Council For Action, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency launched in 1968 by local business and religious leaders, and serves all members in the community. It is the oldest state-chartered Neighborhood Preservation Company (NPC) in Westchester County, and one of the first in the state. IFCA owns 14 multifamily buildings in the Village and one in Tarrytown, NY. In addition, the organization manages affordable housing units in Croton, NY. IFCA's mission statement is to “sustain community, diversity, and opportunity through affordable/workforce housing and vital social services.”