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Kingston event heralds start of lace curtain factory renovation (VIDEOS) - Daily Freeman 4/1/14
On a screen inside a Midtown art studio, architect Scott Dutton showed an image of a sign.

James Childs Jr. takes over chair of RUPCO board - Kingston Times 3/24/14
The Rev. James B. Childs Jr. has spent two decades trying to knit together diverse communities — from his ongoing effort to build a truly multi-ethnic congregation at Pointe of Praise Family Life Center to his work as a diversity trainer in the corporate world and academia.

'Paint Can Opening' on April 1 to celebrate the beginning of construction to convert vacant Kingston factory into artists' housing - Daily Freeman 3/16/14
A celebratory kick-off of construction to turn a vacant Midtown factory building into an affordable housing complex is set for April 1.

Housing needs continue to run high in the Hudson Valley - Mid-Hudson News 3/16/14
There may be the occasional workforce housing project being built in the region as well as new single-family homes and condos still going up, yet despite that, a housing shortage remains in the Hudson Valley.

Distressed homeowners seeking help - Times Herald Record Online 1/24/14
Experts provide information on variety of issues.

Now in Woodstock's backyard… - 12/2/13
Sometimes opposition to affordable housing comes from the most unlikely of places. Such was the case with the town of Woodstock, NY – yes, THAT Woodstock.* When an affordable housing complex was proposed there a decade ago, the arts colony's laid-back, liberal, live-and-let-live ethos proved illusory. Opponents unceasingly questioned why a little town like Woodstock should have rentals, whether the apartments would all go to "outsiders," and whether the loss of green space was worth it. Yes, even hippies can find reasons to hate affordable housing.

Journey of Woodstock's Jogger John reaches the screen - The Daily Freeman 11/16/13
"Jogger John" is an unusual sort of legend in Woodstock. He's called it home for four decades, ever since he rode up on his bike from New York City in the late 1960s.

Trending away from home ownership in the Hudson Valley, Pattern report finds - Mid Hudson News 9/19/13
Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress released its annual housing report housing, "Housing in the Hudson Valley: American Dream Revised," and it shows that there is trend away from home ownership in the region..

Free session to discuss foreclosure, bankruptcy - Times Herald Record Online 9/8/13
People worried about losing their homes to foreclosure or falling into bankruptcy might be interested in free legal and financial advice to be offered Sept. 27 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel.

Kingston artists brush up old industrial district - New York Newsday 10/6/12
Move over, Brooklyn. The once and future Kingston was on view Saturday as an up-­and-­coming rival for artists and creative professionals who have become essential to transforming rundown industrial neighborhoods into communities filled with studios, offices and living spaces.

Ulster Employment - Kingston Now 8/30/12

Woodstock apartment complex fills void in local housing market - YNN 8/15/10

Rural Ulster Preservation Company is accepting applications for residence at the newly constructed Woodstock Commons. As YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt explains, officials are hoping the complex fills a void in the local housing market.

RUPCO and Midtown Make a Difference Day - Kingston Now 6/14/12

Mortgage crisis under review as foreclosures remain high - Mid-Hudson News 6/7/12
Nearly ten percent of the mortgages in Ulster County are in foreclosure – and it's worse in Orange and Sullivan counties.

Fair housing expo held in Kingston - YNN 4/26/12
Prospective homeowners got important information on home ownership at a housing expo in Kingston.

Housing voucher administrator to unveil Greene County office - The Daily Mail 3/6/12
RUPCO to assist renters.

HUD Secretary Donovan Announces New Regulations to Ensure Equal Access to Housing for all Americans Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity - HUD Press Release 1/3/12
New regulations, published as final in the Federal Register next week, will go into effect in 30 days

Backers of subsidized housing facing uphill battle - Times Herald Record 11/19/11
Getting communities to sign off on subsidized housing can be difficult, but for the Rural Ulster Preservation Co., it's worth the effort.

RUPCO celebrates 30th anniversary - Mid-Hudson News 11/19/11
The Rural Ulster Preservation Company, which helps first-time homeowners and provide affordable housing for others, celebrated its 30th birthday Friday.

PA group tours Kingston for development ideas - Mid Hudson News 9/23/11
They have similar goals like their keeping communities vital and helping to ensure there's enough affordable housing and health care for their residents, and Friday the Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) hosted a group from Pennsylvania hoping to enhance their community.

In Woodstock, Values Collide Over Housing - New York Times 9/13/11
If they had decided to pave paradise and put up a parking lot, the issues might have seemed simpler.

Survey: Valley rents are outrunning paychecks - Poughkeepsie Journal 5/3/11
Rental housing is unaffordable for many low- and moderate-income New Yorkers, with the hourly wage needed to pay for an average two-bedroom apartment topping $20 an hour in some parts of the state, including the mid-Hudson Valley, and $30 an hour in Westchester County and on Long Island, according to a report..

Judge dismisses suit that sought to stop Woodstock housing project - Daily Freeman 4/6/11
A judge has dismissed a town resident's lawsuit that sought to stop the Woodstock Commons housing development from being built, saying the plaintiff failed to follow correct legal procedures.

Hinchey working to provide relief to working families - YNN 3/8/11
Fifty-one million Americans. That's how many people Congressman Maurice Hinchey says will be paying more this year in federal taxes. Our Beth Croughan found out what he's doing to try to change that.

Rosendale seeks state aid for facade improvements - Daily Freeman 2/15/11
The Town Board has agreed to endorse an application by Rural Ulster Preservation Co. to seek state funding for facade improvements in the business district. The state Office of Community Renewal funding was discussed during a Town Board meeting last week, when officials said there would be a 50 percent match of money paid by property owners for work done on structures that have combined commercial and residential tenants.

RUPCO helping first-time homebuyers - Daily Freeman 2/9/11
The Rural Ulster Preservation Co. has announced two free programs designed to help Ulster County residents who are trying to become first-time homebuyers. On Thursday, RUPCO will host an open house at its NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center.

RUPCO opens Section 8 waiting list - YNN 1/11/11
For the first time in three years, low income families can apply for rental assistance with the Rural Ulster Preservation Company. Our Beth Croughan has more.

Woodstock Commons approved - Finally - Hudson Valley Business Journal 8/16/10
After seven years in the works, and five years seeking approval, a community of affordable housing in Woodstock has finally been given the go-ahead to build by the Woodstock Planning Board.

Affordable housing approved for Woodstock - Mid Hudson News 8/7/10
The Rural Ulster Preservation Company can now move forward with the construction of 53 units of affordable housing in Woodstock now that the town planning board has granted a special use permit.

Rosendale considers affordable housing proposals - The Daily Freeman 7/11/10
The Town Board this week will review two proposals for affordable housing on town-owned property on Creek Locks Road. The board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Rosendale Community Center on state Route 32.

RUPCO Executive Director to Participate in Pattern for Progress Annual Conference - Pattern for Progress 5/31/10
Kevin O'Connor will be among nearly two dozen professionals presenting and discussing issues related to housing and the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) at the Pattern for Progress 4th. Annual Spring Conference on June 14 in Poughkeepsie. Ron Sims, Deputy Secretayr of HUD will deliver the keynote Address for the event, which begins at 8:00 and runs until 2:30 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center. The program for the day has been designed to advance progress on SEQRA and its impact on the next generation of growth in our region. For more information and registration forms, click here.

June 30 Deadline Looms for House Buyers - The Wall Street Journal Online 5/30/10
The next few weeks are crucial for home buyers who need to close on a house before the end of June to claim the federal home-buyer tax credit. A hiccup during the next month could cost a buyer thousands of dollars.

"Give Housing a Voice" campaign launched - Mid Hudson News 5/7/10
The words "affordable housing" are not dirty words, and the Ulster County Housing Consortium wants to send the message to the region that people need housing they can afford.

Ulster consortium's initiative spotlights need for affordable housing - Daily Freeman Online 5/7/10
THE ULSTER County Housing Consortium on Thursday launched the "Give Housing a Voice" campaign, which aims to make meeting affordable housing demands a public priority.

Campaign brings attention to affordable housing choices - YNN 5/6/10
"Give Housing a Voice" is a new advocacy campaign by the Ulster County Housing Consortium.

Getting harder to pay the rent - Times Herald-Record Online 4/22/10
Affordable housing out of reach for many.

Workers priced out of housing; RUPCO bucks trend - WestFair Online 10/2/09
Few would argue there's a need for affordable housing, but few groups succeed and actually place keys in hands.

Woodstock Commons clears hurdle - Daily Freeman 3/5/10
WOODSTOCK -- Town planners on Thursday adopted the final environmental impact statement for the proposed 53-unit Woodstock Commons affordable housing complex proposed by Rural Ulster Preservation Co. and have set a March 26 deadline for written comments.

Job Losses Hike 1st Time Homeless Numbers - WAMC 3/2/10
HUDSON VALLEY, NY -- The Hudson Valley region appears to be feeling the effects of the recession even as experts say its beginning to ease. While realtors say business is picking up in Ulster County, housing agencies say they're seeing more clients who've lost their jobs - and are losing their homes.

Homeless up, job picture dims, says RUPCO - Mid-Hudson News 3/2/10
KINGSTON -- More and more middle and upper class households are facing potential homelessness in Ulster County and that has become a major worry to the Rural Ulster Preservation Company in recent weeks.

RUPCO to take applications for home repair grants - Mid-Hudson News 2/18/10
KINGSTON -- Rural Ulster Preservation Company has announced that Ulster County homeowners may apply, in March, for grants that would help make essential home repairs.

Hinchey wants tax credits continued for homebuyers - Daily Freeman 2/4/10
PORT EWEN -- Marc and Kristen Lupino have created a household for themselves and their 15-month-old twins, Rocco and Stella. They did it with the help of the Rural Ulster Preservation Co., federal tax credits and low-interest rates as first-time homebuyers. RUPCO matched every dollar the Lupinos saved with $4, and the family was able to put down $7,500 and then received additional funding for rehabbing the house. It helped the family's finances, and Marc Lupino said it would have been difficult otherwise.

Family is living proof that homeownership assistant works - Mid-Hudson News 2/2/10
Marc and Kristen Lupino have created a household for themselves and their 15-month-old twins Rocco and Stella. And they did with the help of the Rural Ulster Preservation Company, federal tax credits and low interest rates as first-time home buyers.

Housing the Hudson Valley
Pattern for Progress's January 2010 newsletter.

Almost no vacancy - Daily Freeman 11/30/09
KINGSTON -- Back in the spring of 2008, the restored Kirkland Hotel officially opened its doors to thousands of visitors. It was a day-long ceremony put on by the Rural Ulster Preservation Co. to show off the newly renovated landmark at the corner of Clinton Avenue and Main Street.

Housewarming Party - Shawangunk Journal 9/3/09
With the sun shining down and not a raincloud to be found, community members and leaders ranging from Kingston and Albany, all the way to Washington, DC gathered at the corner of Canal and Broadhead Streets on Monday morning to cut the ribbon at the village's new Buttermilk Falls Townhouse development.

RUPCO Townhomes Completed
The Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) held a ceremony in Ellenville on Monday showcasing the completed Buttermilk Falls townhome project.

Officials laud affordable townhouse complex at opening in Ellenville
It was a vacant lot, but now could be a Field of Dreams for prospective homeowners. Ellenville village, state and federal officials were on hand Monday for the opening of the Buttermilks Falls townhouse complex near the accent over Shawangunks, a 15-unit, $3.4 million project to help bring more homeownership to the village.

Affordable housing complex opens in Ulster County
It was a vacant lot, but now could be a Field of Dreams for prospective homeowners. Ellenville village, state and federal officials were on hand Monday for the opening of the Buttermilks Falls townhouse complex near the accent over Shawangunks, a 15-unit, $3.4 million project to help bring more homeownership to the village.

RUPCO, Family join forces to help the homeless
For the first time in their history, two Ulster County agencies that help the needy are teaming up to assist the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. The Rural Ulster Preservation Co. (RUPCO) and Family of Woodstock, will use their respective talents as part of a housing program that's being financed with a state grant totaling $1,019,242.

$500,000 grant to help low-income homebuyers
A community development group in Ulster County has received $500,000 to help low-income families purchase and refurbish homes.

"Cool Kingston" Green Trail
As a member of the Kingston Green Trail community development alliance, Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) is developing a bike-friendly green corridor to reduce its community's impact on climate change.

Hudson Valley Housing Summit Focuses on Foreclosure
Commissioner VanAmerongen participated in the third annual Patterns for Progress Housing the Hudson Valley Conference, held recently at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Residents, community leaders, bankers, and real estate professionals gathered for a discussion of housing issues facing the Hudson Valley.

RUPCO Celebrates 5th Anniversary of NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center and National NeighborWorks® Week
Video from Mid-Hudson News.



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