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Our Community Voice

 

July 2016

 

Kingston solar program seeks 9
With the help of GRID Alternatives, Ulster County YouthBuild, the City of Kingston, and NeighborWorks America, RUPCO helped a retired Kingston couple with the cost and installation of a 20-panel solar array on their home's rooftop. VeccVideography helped us capture the press conference and program details here.
If you are interested enrolling your Kingston home as one of the nine other solar installs this year, contact Michael D'Arcy at (845) 331-2140 ext. 267
Proposed housing brings historic building back to its roots of serving public need
Kingston_s Alms House_ 300 Flatbush Avenue_ built circa 1874 In keeping with Governor Cuomo's call this year to construct 1200 units of housing of supportive housing for the homeless across the state, the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance entered a Memorandum of Understanding with RUPCO to sell the County's historic Alms House (300 Flatbush Avenue, Kingston). RUPCO plans to develop a 66-unit, integrated supportive housing campus for the homeless and seniors, the County's most vulnerable residents. Read the press release here.
Greene County HCV Program Opens Wait List
 
RUPCO is accepting applications for the Greene County Wait list for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (also known as Section 8).
Applications are available online in English and also in Spanish. Pick up a printed application  in person at RUPCO's Catskill and Kingston offices, Monday through Friday, 9a-4p. A FREE Application Support Days, scheduled for Wednesday August 31, will help people complete the packet.
Application deadline is August 31 at 4:30pm to 408 Main Street, Catskill.
NeighborWorks Week Recap
NeighborWorks Week was a blur; we had so much going on, it spanned the entire month of June! In celebration of National Homeowners Month (and #NWWeek2016), RUPCO, with NeighborWork chartered member partners Pathstone and TRIPP,  "created opportunity" by  launching a The Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP).  The statewide program announcement was held in the City of Middletown with Commissioner New York State Housing and Community Renewal (HCR) Commissioner James S. Rubin.  RUPCO was selected to administer this program in the Hudson Valley Communities of in Middletown and Kingston to help revitalize neighborhoods affected by the foreclosure crisis that have been vacant or abandoned. Ten to 20 properties have been identified for conversion to private ownership; RDAC and RUPCO will work with first-time homebuyers to restore neighborhoods one home at a time. Pictured are Eileen Clifford from Pathstone, HCR Commissioner James Rubin, Kathy Germain, VP of Housing Services, RUPCO; and Hillary Lamishaw from TRIPP.

Over 180 friends and supporters attended Celebrate Community, helping raise over $22, 000. Programs like our Emergency Assistance Fund, a new data management solution, and the kids' summer program at Woodstock Commons and Lace Mill will all benefit from your generosity - THANK YOU!
Lastly, we launched the first-time homebuyers' orientation video series. By making this session available to people at their convenience, we've lowered the first barrier to homeownership. Watch the videos online here and tell a friend.

Do you work with homebuyers? Are you a realtor, banker or insurance agent? Contact us for printed  bilingual rack cards promoting the website and online videos; we'll provide them FREE so we can work together to help others achieve the American Dream of homeownership.
Adios, DB!
Our friend at NeighborWorks, Deborah Boatright (pictured here at The Lace Mill Pain Can Opening in 2014), recently retired after a decade of service to the Northeast Region. We are thankful for her leadership and for blazing the trail to new opportunities on behalf of those needing a place to "call Home." You rock, Deborah Boatright! Thanks for being there for us, too!
 
To honor her commitment to helping others find that special place, we're honoring Deborah at Community Lunch on October 13, 2016 at The Chateau, Kingston. Purchase your ticket early online, or place a congratulatory ad in our 35th anniversary program. Sponsorships are also available now.  

Spotlight on...
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Find out what's up at The Lace Mill - subscribe to the events email newsletter and receive updates on upcoming exhibits, jam sessions, artist shows -- creative placemaking happening in Kingston's Midtown Arts District.
plants in garden of Steve S.
Steve S. shares his story about struggling to find a home snd serenity with the help of RUPCO's HOPWA program. In 1998, RUPCO started its HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS) supportive housing program that assists families dealing with the disease.
Author _ social documentary photographer Patt Blue
Patt Blue is an author and social documentary photographer who calls The Lace Mill "Home." What is human?" I am interested in the raw reality of life without artifice. Read more about her artist philosophy here.

Sponsorship Goes a Long Way
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People-in-need depend on our services and programs year-round. Help us meet that need by adding your business to RUPCO's Corporate Sponsor Matrix. Simply complete and return this form with your check or contact the Resource Development Office.
(845) 331-2140 x276
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Jeff Lowe Plumbing Heating & AC

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35 Years of Impact
RUPCO 35th Anniversary logo purple background with white houses & people RUPCO got its start back in October 1981. Since then, we've touched a lot of lives. What's been your experience with RUPCO? Your story is our story ~ we want to know! How did you work with RUPCO over the years? Did we help you buy your first home? Did you save money by creating an energy-efficient home? Is life more manageable for you and your family because of one of our programs? Share your story, long or short, with Communications Director Tara Collins (845) 331-2140 x276. Pictures are welcome, too!