Our Programs

 

Education

The Hudson Family Literacy Program
Through a partnership between Columbia Opportunities and the Hudson City School District, the Hudson Family Literacy Program supports and guides adult, adolescent, and child learners to meet their educational and vocational goals.  The program helps to develop the home and community as a supportive learning environment for everyone in the family.

Activities include: home visits, advocacy and referrals, tutoring, after school program, reading clubs, Family Literacy Night, English Language Learning classes, GED preparation support, and limited transportation.

Please call (518) 828-4360, Ext. 4350 for more information.

Early Childhood Literacy Initiative
Our Early Childhood Literacy Initiative helps families to help their children to love to learn and love to read. We provide Columbia County families with information and resources to launch their children with a strong early childhood educational background rooted in rich literacy experiences, ultimately leading them to success in school and later in life. This program is sponsored by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

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Children who attend early literacy programs are 29% more likely to graduate from high school.

Children who attend early literacy programs are 29% more likely to graduate from high school.

Availability

Monday – Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location

540 Columbia Street
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 828-4360, Ext. 4350

early childhood programs

Head Start
Head Start offers full-day early childhood development activities and support to income eligible 3 and 4 year old children and their families in classrooms throughout Columbia County, NY.  School readiness, health, nutrition, and parent engagement activities are offered throughout the year.  Parent Committees, Head Start Policy Council and other parent engagement opportunities help parents and guardians be their child's first and best teacher!  

School readiness, health, nutrition, and good parenting activities are stressed throughout the year. The column to the right lists our Head Start locations.

Over 1,000 books were distributed to preschool and school-age children in 2017!

Over 1,000 books were distributed to preschool and school-age children in 2017!

Availability

Monday – Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Administrative Office

540 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY 12534

Program Locations

Hudson Center Based Classrooms 1 & 2
540 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY 12534
TEL: (518) 828-6312 
FAX: (518) 828-4614

Mary E. Dardess Elementary School
50 Woodbridge Ave., Chatham, NY 12037
Tel: (518) 392-2255, Ext. 3055

Philmont Center
PO Box 88, 2 Rock Street Philmont, NY 12565
TEL: (518) 672-7276

Taconic Hills Central School
73 Cty. Rte 11A, Craryville, NY 12521
TEL: (518) 325-2820 Ext. 2472

Valatie Center
2879 Route 9, Valatie, NY 12184
Tel: (518) 758-1215

energy

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
Columbia Opportunities accepts applications from Columbia County residents for HEAP in November. HEAP is a federally funded program that provides limited help with a household’s annual energy costs.    

Starting in January the program also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency.

People may apply in person or by mail through Columbia Opportunities, Inc. at 540 Columbia Street in Hudson, NY. Please call 518-828-4611  for more information or an application.

The HEAP emergency heating equipment repair/replacement program also begins in November.  Please contact the Columbia County Department of Social Services at (518) 828-9411 for information about this program.

Weatherization Assistance Program
This program helps income-eligible households to reduce their energy costs and improve the safety of their homes through energy efficiency measures.  Both single-family and multi-family buildings may be weatherized. Program services are available to homeowners, renters and landlords with income eligible tenants.  Currently a family of four is eligible if their gross income is at or below $50,000 per year.  If the household income is over this amount, they may qualify for the Home Performance with Energy Star program. 

EmPower New York Program
Sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), this program also assists households with a limited income to take control of their energy use.  Columbia Opportunities will evaluate the home and provide energy efficiency services, such as high-efficiency lighting, refrigerator replacement, and insulation - all at NO cost.  Plus, we can show people how to better manage their energy costs.   This program is also available to people who may have received weatherization services in the past.

NYSERDA Energy Star Program
This program offers valuable financial cash back incentives, grants, and low interest financing that help make energy efficiency improvements affordable for most people.   COI can work with homeowners with an annual gross income up to $284,000 per year.  Free energy audits are available if the annual household income is less than $142,000. 

Columbia Opportunities, Inc., a Building Performance Institute (BPI) accredited contractor, has over thirty years experience in the auditing/energy conservation field. 

For further information or an application please call (518) 828-4611 or (518) 672-7268.

447 families received help with their home energy bills in 2017.

447 families received help with their home energy bills in 2017.

Availability

Monday – Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location

540 Columbia Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Contact HEAP: (518) 828-9411
Other programs: (518) 828-4611

Emergency Assistance

The Community Services Program offers: 

  • Problem solving for income and family issues;

  • Referrals and advocacy to insure that individuals and families have access to all available and necessary services;

  • Emergency Food Pantry (open Monday – Friday);

  • Telephone and online access for employment & housing searches;

  • Emergency financial assistance when no other resources are available, with funding from the following sources: 
    - Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation
    - Berkshire Taconic Foundation Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund
    - Private donations from individuals, churches, and civic organizations.

Availability

Monday – Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location

540 Columbia Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Telephone: (518) 828-4611  

Tax Preparation

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free tax preparation for individuals and families with low incomes who cannot prepare their own tax returns.  

IRS certified staff and community volunteers offer help with special federal and state credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Dependent Care Credit, and the American Opportunity Tuition Credit. 

COI offers a free e-file program.  Taxpayers using this service receive their refunds in half the time as compared to returns filed by paper – even faster when tax refunds are deposited directly into a bank account.

COI also offers two self-help options through the Free File Alliance and other participating partners.  Taxpayers may use any computer with internet access to electronically file their own tax returns.

Please call 518-828-4611 for more information, to schedule an appointment or to become a volunteer.

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197 customers had their income tax refunds deposited directly into a bank account and 194 individuals and families received $314,482 in state and federal income tax credits in 2017.

197 customers had their income tax refunds deposited directly into a bank account and 194 individuals and families received $314,482 in state and federal income tax credits in 2017.

Availability

Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

540 Columbia Street
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 828-4611