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 October 20, 2017

For Release: Immediately

Central Hudson, Local Agencies Meet to Collaborate on Assistance Programs

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. hosted its 17th biennial Consumer Outreach Forum this month with local not-for-profit organizations and state and county agencies that provide services to the region's most vulnerable families and residents.

"We offer assistance programs to help our customers who may be struggling financially, but we can't do it alone," said Michael L. Mosher, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson. "By working in partnership with local organizations and government agencies, we can be even more effective in supporting families and residents in need. This forum is held every two years as a way to continue our collaboration with the agencies we work with every day in the service of our customers."

The forum provides an opportunity for participants to network, learn of the services offered by Central Hudson and the participating organizations, and explore the ways in which the residents served can leverage assistance from the health and human services community across the region.

Presenters included representatives from Central Hudson in reviewing its ongoing and newest assistance programs and to offer an overview on the energy company's "culture of giving" in support of local causes. Two employees also shared their personal stories in facing and overcoming their own challenges. New York State Senator Susan Serino provided information advocacy efforts made by her office and the state to assist low-income residents, particularly seniors; the editor of La Voz Magazine, a local publication serving the Hispanic community, spoke about the importance of this growing population in the Hudson Valley; and RUPCO (Rural Ulster Preservation Co.), a housing and community development organization, provided information on its many assistance programs.

The keynote address was by Jeannie Montano, President and C.E.O. of the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, who discussed the many services and grants provided by the agency and reviewed the findings of the ALICE report (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), on the difficulties faced by employed residents who do not qualify for public assistance yet cannot afford basic household expenses. Finally, each participating agency was offered the opportunity to speak about their organizations and the services they provide.

"Central Hudson has been one of our most phenomenal partners as long as we can remember," Montano said. "This fo­rum exemplifies our shared work. We are fortunate that through our many partner­ships we can connect people to the services that they need."

"The Community Outreach Forum is just one example of the many ways Central Hudson goes above and beyond to maintain a close-knit relationship with our community," said Senator Serino. "My goal as the Chair of the NYS Senate's Aging Committee is to make New York a place where our seniors want to live, not one they want to leave, and I welcomed the opportunity to discuss the ways Central Hudson-- a community partner with a proven track record of helping to better our region--can play a meaningful role in advancing that effort."

"Our wish is to demonstrate the availability of services throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley so agencies can share resources, direct clients to other organizations as needed and learn from one another's experiences and challenges," said Mosher. "We consistently strive to improve communications with our partner agencies so they understand what we offer and how we can all assist our mutual customers and clients."

For more information on Central Hudson's assistance programs, visit www.CentralHudson.com/paymentassistance and www.CentralHudson.com/specialassistance

 

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Central Hudson's 17th biennial Outreach Forum was held this month to bring together local, county and state organizations and agencies that provide assistance to the region's most vulnerable residents. Clockwise from top-left: Nearly 50 attended the day-long event; the forum offered networking opportunities for participants; New York State Senator Susan Serino spoke on advocacy for low income residents and seniors; the keynote address was by Jeannie Montano, President and C.E.O. of the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region; attendees provided materials to share about their organizations and services.

 

 

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving approximately 300,000 electric and approximately 80,000 natural gas customers in eight counties of New York State's Mid-Hudson River Valley, delivering natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends north from the suburbs of metropolitan New York to the Capital District at Albany. Central Hudson's mission is to deliver electricity and natural gas to an expanding customer base in a safe, reliable, courteous and affordable manner; to produce growing financial returns for shareholders; to foster a culture that encourages employees to reach their full potential; and to be a good corporate citizen. Central Hudson is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. For further information visit www.fortisinc.com.