Wait lists for Greene and Ulster County Housing Choice Voucher Program/Section are currently closed.

RUPCO is the local administrator of the Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 Program in Ulster County and Greene Counties. This Federal program, managed by New York State, provides rental assistance for very low-income families. It allows the participant to choose and lease affordable, privately owned, rental housing. We currently administer over 1,500 vouchers in Ulster County and over 200 vouchers in Greene. With these, we are assisting every person in each of those households with their housing needs each year. We manage these programs through offices in Catskill and Kingston and are proud of the staff’s diligence in achieving high marks with their management effectiveness efforts.

Program Operation

The Housing Choice Voucher Program provides rental subsidies to income-eligible households. The program is designed to allow the participant to pay between 30% and 40% of their adjusted monthly income toward their rent and utility costs. The remaining portion of the rent is covered by the subsidy. The maximum amounts paid by the subsidy are determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Eligibility is determined by total annual household income. To be eligible, a total household income must be below HUD’s 50% income guidelines.

When a name reaches the top of the waiting list, the applicant is notified by mail. Once an applicant has reached the top of the waiting list, RUPCO assigns a priority to households with very low income and those whose head of household is elderly, disabled, and/or handicapped. Wonder if you quality? Refer to these quick charts for Ulster and Greene County eligibilities:

Ulster County 2017 Income Limits
Family Size                             30%             50%
1 Family Member           $16,500      $27,500
2 Family Members         $18,850      $31,400
3 Family Members         $21,200      $35,350
4 Family Members         $24,600      $39,250
5 Family Members         $28,780      $42,400
6 Family Members         $32,960      $45,550
7 Family Members         $37,140      $48,700
8 Family Members         $41,320      $51,850

Greene County 2017 Income Limits
Family Size                             30%             50%
1 Family Member           $16,500       $27,500
2 Family Members         $18,850       $31,400
3 Family Members         $21,200       $35,350
4 Family Members         $24,600       $39,250
5 Family Members         $28,780       $42,400
6 Family Members         $32,960       $45,550
7 Family Members         $37,140       $48,700
8 Family Members         $41,320       $51,850

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) was established by Section 554 of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 to help residents of public housing and participant on the Housing Choice Voucher program become self-sufficient through education, training, case management, and other supportive services. RUPCO’s FSS Program helps individuals and families, who are receiving Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) rental assistance, to get resources they need to achieve economic self-sufficiency. The major components of the FSS program are a Contract of Participation between RUPCO and the family, an Individualized Training and Services Plan (ITSP), and an interest-bearing escrow account. Credits to a family’s escrow account are based on increased income earned by family members during the term of the contract. Upon successful completion of the FSS contract, a family may claim its escrow account.

The FSS Coordinator meets on a regular basis with participants to help them establish goals with will remove life barriers. Families are connected to resources that can assist them in locating scholarships to colleges and training programs, budgeting, job training, childcare, health services, and counseling.

RUPCO’s FSS Program began in 1998. Since that time, we have celebrated the success of 58 graduates. Several graduates furthered their education, and several others gave up their rental assistance. Fourteen graduates purchased their own home.

For more information about the FSS Program, click here for the print brochure or call RUPCO’s FSS Coordinator at 845.331.2140, ext. 312.

Read the Family Self-Sufficiency Winter 2015 Newsletter here.

Housing Assistance for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

RUPCO offers two forms of special assistance for households being impacted by a positive HIV diagnosis.

Long Term: Our long term assistance program provides rental assistance similar to that of our Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program. Individuals/families must be referred by another agency, like Aids Related Community Services (ARCS) or Mid-Hudson Care Center. These agencies can provide an application or one may be requested by calling 845.331.2140, however, the application requires the referent signature.

Short Term: Our short term assistance program provides assistance in the form of back rent, back mortgage payments, first month’s rent, and back utility payments. Interested applicants must be referred by Aids Related Community Services or Mid-Hudson Care Center. Applications are available for pick up at 289 Fair St., Kingston.

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¿Hablas español? Join us for our fourth "Comida y tierra" conversation (in Spanish)! As a gesture of our appreciation, we are providing free meals to all native Spanish speakers who attend this event, as they are volunteering their time to help facilitate the conversation. Support us in this effort by contributing here! Agenda 6PM - 7:30pm: Note: We are aiming to create an immersive environment where only Spanish is spoken once you walk in the door! 1. Orientation, seating (based on level) and placing meal orders 2. Standing facilitated conversation in different groups (according to level) 3. Back to seats for eating and further discussion 4. Kingston Land Trust and Kingston YMCA Farm Project announcements Everyone is welcome- this event is open to anyone! Our organizations are non-governmental and work to support the community. Our goal is to create safe and friendly environments to get to know each other and eat together. Comida y tierra is a facilitated conversation series in Spanish hosted by the Kingston Land Trust in collaboration with the Kingston YMCA Farm Project, at Latin restaurants along Broadway. This immersive experience brings together native Spanish speakers and those who are learning and want to practice Spanish over a meal (not included) to build community and discuss issues of land and food that affect our city. For more information and to RSVP, contact Kingston Land Trust Executive Director Julia Farr at julia@kingstonlandtrust.org or call 845-877-5263. ********** ¿Hablas español? ¡Entonces únete a nosotros para nuestra cuarta conversación "Comida y tierra" (en español)! Como un gesto de agradecimiento, estamos ofreciendo comidas gratis a todos los hablantes nativos de español que asisten a este evento, ya que están ofreciendo su tiempo para ayudar a facilitar la conversación. Agenda 6pm - 7:30pm: Ojo: Estamos tratando de crear un ambiente inmersivo en el que una vez adentro, sólo se habla español! 1. Orientación, asientos (según nivel de español) y pedidos de comida. 2. Conversación facilitada de pie en diferentes grupos (según nivel) 3. Volver a los asientos para comer y conversar 4. Anuncios del Kingston Land Trust y Kingston YMCA Farm Project ¡Todos son bienvenidos- este evento está abierto a cualquier persona! Nuestras organizaciones trabajan para el pueblo, independiente del gobierno, y nuestra meta es crear ambientes seguros y amistosos para conversar y comer juntos. Comida y tierra es una serie de conversación facilitada en español organizada por el Kingston Land Trust en colaboración con el Kingston YMCA Farm Project, en restaurantes latinos a lo largo de Broadway. Esta experiencia inmersiva reune a hablantes nativos de español y aquellos que están aprendiendo y quieren practicar español durante una comida (incluida para los que son hablantes nativos de español) para crear comunidad y conversar sobre los temas de comida y tierra que afectan a nuestra ciudad. Para más información y para RSVP, comunícate con la directora ejecutiva de Kingston Land Trust, Julia Farr, en julia@kingstonlandtrust.org o llame al 845-877-5263 (se habla español).

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