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August 4 , 2008

Congresswoman Velazquez Highlights Resources for New York City Organizations

New York, NY – As the Hamilton-Madison House rolls out its Community Improvement Project, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) applauds the group for bringing valuable social services to Lower Manhattan’s immigrant populations. The organization has received a federal grant for $95,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services to assist in the implementation of this new program assisting seniors and working families.

“For 110 years, the Hamilton Madison House has evolved to serve the needs of the Lower East Side,” Congresswoman Velázquez said. “By taking advantage of the federal grants available for community organizations they have been able to grow their programs and reach more New Yorkers.”

The federal grant funding will be used to employ a case manager for the Hamilton-Madison House’s Chinatown Resource Center and a program coordinator for its Senior Adult Day Program. The Chinatown Resource Center provides a one-stop immigrant services center with social service referrals, entitlement counseling, translation services, and wellness activities like yoga and tai chi. The Senior Adult Day Program is the only day program in New York City for Chinese-speaking seniors, providing assistance to those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia so they can remain active members of the community. The House serves 17,000 children and adults in Lower Manhattan’s Two Bridges/Chinatown who are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hispanic and Caucasian.

“The Hamilton Madison House serves as an advocate and ally for thousands of immigrant families seeking to improve their lives in New York City. Federal grant programs are designed to help dedicated organizations such as this one develop programs for those at need,” Congresswoman Velázquez said.
Congresswoman Velázquez has helped New York City organizations identify available grants and apply for federal assistance. Up-to-date information on grants is compiled and distributed monthly in her Grant Update. These reports are focused on grants that may apply to New York City non-profits, universities, community-based groups, faith-based organizations and small businesses. For more information about how your organization can benefit from federal grants, please contact Congresswoman Velázquez’s Washington, DC office at 202-225-2361 or visit: www.house.gov/velazquez/constituents/grants.html.

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