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Spring 2014
RUPCO Re-Construction Project for Artist Housing Moves into High Gear

More than 170 artists, business people, funders, and others interested in Kingston revitalization gathered at Cornell Street Studios on April 1 to celebrate the start of re-construction on the United States Lace Curtain Mill.   RUPCO will turn the century-old, 55,000 sq. ft. "Lace Factory" into 55 affordable apartments, many with lofted ceilings and high windows, to create living and working space for artists engaged in a wide variety of media and disciplines.  Continue


Feeling the Housing Pinch?

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reported this month, the news that "Housing is becoming unaffordable for millions of New Yorkers amid declining incomes and increasing costs for rent and home ownership."  For us at RUPCO, that's not news!  But we do appreciate the fact that the Comptroller is shining a light on this critical issue for all New Yorkers.


Affordable housing, by most definitions, is housing that costs no more than 30% of the household income.  Sadly, DiNapoli notes that in 2002, 40.5% of New York households paid more than 30% of their income for housing and by 2012, 50.6% of New York households paid more than 30%.  He said that nearly 28% of renters and 15% of homeowners paid at least half of their total household income for housing.  Continue 


Getting Green at SUNY Delhi

Cutting edge technologies, landscape design techniques and "Green Building" designs were presented by "green" professionals at a daylong symposium being held at Farrell Hall at SUNY Delhi in Delhi, NY on Saturday March 8.


Key stakeholders, project developers, educational professional and most importantly the Delaware County residents and business owners exchanged experiences and forged new partnerships to advance clean energy solutions for homes, public buildings and facilities, as well as the surrounding environment and landscape. Continue



Food & Fun at the Senate House Museum
RUPCO to Hold the Twelfth Annual Celebrate Community Event
Music, food and auction items galore are on tap at the historic Senate House in Kingston when RUPCO hosts the 12th Annual Celebrate Community dinner on June 12.  The fundraiser will kick off with an hour of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6pm, followed up by a buffet dinner at 7pm. In addition to live and silent auctions, the event feature RUPCO's signature "Dine Around Ulster" book with more than $500 worth of gift certificates from local restaurants. Continue

RUPCO Receives NeighborWorks Funding

 RUPCO, a member of the national NeighborWorks network, will receive $369,385  in flexible grants from NeighborWorks America this year  - a much-needed boost that will support affordable housing and community development activities throughout the Hudson Valley.


According to RUPCO CEO Kevin O'Connor, $200,000 will go to the re-development and re-construction of the Lace Factory in Kingston, creating 55 new affordable apartments for artists and $5,000 will be devoted to working with Community Impact Measurement in the city.  RUPCO, which provides services in a number of counties in the Hudson Valley region, will use $72,000 in the Town of Fallsburg to support replacement of manufactured homes there.  The balance of the funding will be used for organizational underwriting, helping the agency meet its operational needs. Continue


Spotlight on Staff

Michael Lawlor joins our team as the newest Housing Inspector

RUPCO's STEHP Program serves many with the help of Kim Mapes
Theresa Walsh Miranda (left) and Kathleen Leahy help Roy Kozlowski celebrate 20 years with RUPCO
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