Louis & Hortense Rubin Community Fellowship Awards 1993-94

"Accessibility in Troy: American Disability Act Compliance through Community and Agency Action" - $11,134

  • Institution Name: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Cooperating Agency: Troy Resource Center for Independent Living

This project proposes to develop a series of media productions to inform the business community of Troy, the student population at Rensselaer, as well as the general public of ways in which they can readily conform to or be aware of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. Though the full provisions of the ADA came into effect more than twelve months ago, currently there remain some perceived obstacles to compliance based on assumptions of expense, difficulty of implementation, and general lack of disseminated information. The long term goal of this project is to act as a prototype for a larger, more systemic program to educate the public in order to get change.

"The City of Troy Housing and Community Economic Development Study" - $8,812

  • Institution Name: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Cooperating Agency: Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (TRIP)

The City of Troy Housing and Community Economic Development Study will assess the opportunities for expanded housing and commercial/retail development in the community, particularly the citys low and moderate income neighborhoods. The project study will address the planning, housing, and economic development needs of the community. The project will result in a realistic assessment of housing development, home ownership opportunities, and community economic development initiatives based on identified needs. The proposed work plan consists of a review of existing conditions, housing needs analysis, economic development needs analysis, resident and business surveys, presentation of findings and preliminary recommendations, economic development neighborhood meeting, Board of Director training, development board training curriculum, marketing research, and much more.

"Fiscal Assessment and Management of YWCA" - $4,500

  • Institution Name: The Sage Colleges
  • Cooperating Agency: Troy-Cohoes YWCA

The YWCA currently provides permanent housing for women and programs for daycare, women in transition, after school disabled youth care, and drop-in child care. This agencys commitment to providing various programs has continued despite recent staff turnover and fiscal strain. The new director is eager to obtain reliable financial information, especially concerning a system of cost allocation to the YWCA's programs, which will assist her and the Board in evaluating programs, developing cost saving strategies, and planning for continuing the agencys mission into the future.