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The M-ARK Project is a private, not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) social and economic development agency that serves as a Rural Preservation Company for the Townships of Andes, Middletown and Roxbury and the Villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville, all in Delaware County. MARK also provides services to the Town of Bovina in Delaware County and the Town of Shandaken in Ulster County. It has served the community since 1978 and was incorporated in 1983. (NYS Charity # 03-27-73) MARK’s mission is to protect and revitalize the area’s housing, economic, human, natural, and physical resources in order to enhance sustainable economic development and quality of life. Our vision is to create a vibrant region through programs and services that benefit the residents of the area while encouraging entrepreneurial activity, and a valuable visitor experience.
MARK provides affordable housing to families and seniors at two properties with a total of 12 affordable housing units. We administer a wide variety of grant programs that help income eligible residents with funding for home repair. When available, we offer first-time home buyer programs, giving grants to assist with home down payments and closing costs. We are a regional and community safety net for all other types of assistance and services that residents might need. Whether it’s food, heat, clothing, medical or any other type of crisis, the MARK Project coordinates with other service providers in the region to be sure local needs are met.
Primary economic development activities involve assisting small business owners in business operations, retention and expansion. MARK operates a business revolving loan funds and a small business development fund specifically designed to provide gap financing for improvements or emergency repairs. We work on several components of Main Street Revitalization from technical assistance to funds for building renovations and restoration. MARK also provides ongoing technical assistance to smaller community organizations and business associations. We work side by side with tourism properties and agencies to help our communities serve as both a destination for visitors and a vital and sustainable place to live.