Vallone Secures HPD Grant Funding For CALDC
City Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. has secured a $39,715 grant from the City Council for the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (CALDC), a local group that provides services for landlords and tenants in the community. The grant, the HPD Community Consultant Contract, had been awarded to the group for the past ten years. This year, CALDC was in danger of losing the grant because of an overall reduction in available funds and changes to the grant process. However, thanks to efforts by Vallone's office, CALDC again received the funding. "Once again, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. has come through for us," CALDC President Julian Wager declared.
"CALDC provides invaluable services to my community, and it is exactly the type of organization that the city government should be encouraging," Vallone said. "We should not allow slight changes in bureaucratic procedures to affect the groups that really help New Yorkers."
CALDC advises landlords and tenants on all aspects of rights, responsibilities and essential services, such as forming tenants' organizations, procedures for registering complaints and obtaining services from HPD and other city agencies. This information is provided through seminars and workshops as well as printed literature and responding to telephone inquires. The group has helped residents since 1979 and through grants from HPD has been providing these services for the last 10 years.