Louis & Hortense Rubin Community Fellowship Awards 2001-02

"The Firefighters Future" - $6,360

  • Institution Name: The Sage Colleges
  • Cooperating Agency: DeFreestville Fire Department, Inc.

Recent and anticipated development of North Greenbush has and will continue to place increased demands on the DeFreestville Fire Departments resources. To effectively and efficiency meet these demands, the DeFreestville Fire Department seeks the assistance of the Rubin Community Fellows Programs participating faculty to help it develop a long-range fiscal plan. The project will include a review of the DeFreestville Fire Departments current budget, identification of medium- and long-term needs, and the creation of a management plan to achieve the DeFreestville Fire Departments goals. The plan will enable the Department, in cooperation with the governmental entities that contract its services, to adequately forecast fiscal needs over a three- to five-year period. A well-developed plan will permit the DeFreestville Fire Department to continue delivering first-class emergency services to the citizens of North Greenbush while providing for an intelligent and creative development of funding sources, both private and taxpayer-supported.

"Planning to Meet the Needs of Low Income Seniors" - $7,850

  • Institution Name: The Sage Colleges
  • Cooperating Agency: The Troy Housing Authority

The senior citizen population is growing at an ever-increasing rate without the support of younger Americans to provide financial assistance through Medicare and other social programs. While many of these older Americans have planned financially for their advanced years, there is an increasingly large number of seniors experiencing diminished income to the point of needing affordable housing choices. Housing authorities are asking the question, "What role should we play in meeting the needs of low-income senior citizens in our community?" The purpose of this Louis and Hortense Rubin Community Fellows grant is to determine what role the Troy Housing Authority should play in meeting the current and future needs of low-income seniors in our community. The Troy Housing Authority is interested in gaining a better understanding of the various factors that senior citizens consider when relocating, including building location, apartment size, amenities, and services. Such information will provide a basis for informed decision making relative to how the Troy Housing Authority should plan to meet the needs of low-income senior citizens in the community.

"Connected Kids Database Testing & Training Program" $9,945

  • Institution Name: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Cooperating Agency: The City of Troy

The city of Troy, in cooperation with RPI, has undertaken the development of a youth-services database and user interface for the purpose of maintaining and disseminating information about Troy-area youth services among youth-service agencies, parents, and young people via the World Wide Web. The City requested funding from the Rubin Community Fellows Program to support consulting assistance from RPI Associate Professor James P. Zappen and a RPI PhD student to design and implement a program to test the database and user interface and to train the Citys youth-services coordinator to input and maintain the youth-services data.

"Troy Waterfront Farmers Market Initiative" - $9,400

  • Institution Name: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, School of Architecture
  • Cooperating Agency: Troy Waterfront Farmers Market

The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market Initiative is a community development project focused on improving the newly established market at 433 River Street in the City of Troy. The RPI School of Architecture will develop a design strategy to enhance the current status of the market. The goal of this project is to take the information collected from interviews and prototypes and create a comprehensive, compelling, and sustainable vision for the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market. The point would be to envision alternatives for this community project, with an emphasis on the long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability of the local region. The design will provide a foundation for developing future liaisons with the farmers, small local entrepreneurs, and community representatives who will participate in proposing alternative visions by which we can understand, evaluate, and determine future plans.