Social Services Information & Service Providers Links:

NYConnects: Your Link to Long-term Services & Support or call (845) 331-2140 ext. 306

NYS applications & eligibility criteria for Food Stamps (SNAP), Women’s Infant & Children (WIC), Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LI-HEAP), Medicaid, NY Child Health Plus (SCHIP), Temporary Assistance (TANF), Unemployment, Weather Assistance Program (WAP) 

New York State Department of Financial Services
NYS Information about Tenant Rights, Consumer Protection, Insurance, Banking, Financial services, Avoiding foreclosure.

Ulster County Department of Social Services
The mission of the Department of Social Services (DSS) is to adequately and efficiently assess, plan for and provide appropriate services to families and individuals in need.

Family of Woodstock
Family of Woodstock Inc. is a network of individuals, paid and volunteer, whose mission is to provide confidential and fully accessible crisis intervention, information, prevention, and support services to address the needs of individuals and families.

Ulster County Food Pantries & Soup Kitchens (pdf)

Housing & Community Development Links:

The NYS Rural Housing Coalition, Inc.
The NYS Rural Housing Coalition, Inc. is a network of rural housing professionals who work toward a common goal: to design, develop, finance, build and manage affordable housing to meet the diverse needs of rural New Yorkers Members share their knowledge and expertise to attain this goal.

NYS Homes & Community Renewal
New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) consists of all the State’s major housing and community renewal agencies, including The Affordable Housing Corporation, The Division of Housing and Community Renewal, Housing Finance Agency, State of New York Mortgage Agency, Housing Trust Fund Corporation and others.

NeighborWorks America®
Headquartered in Washington, DC, NeighborWorks America is one of the country’s preeminent leaders in affordable housing and community development. We work to create opportunities for lower-income people to live in affordable homes in safe, sustainable communities that are healthy places for families to grow. RUPCO is a Chartered Member organization.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)/ Rural LISC
In 1995, LISC launched Rural LISC to expand its reach beyond urban areas to include rural communities. Today, Rural LISC partners with 60 community development corporations (CDCs) and Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC). RUPCO is a member agency.

US Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is made up of tens of thousands of member organizations, chapters and student and community volunteers that are moving the building industry forward in a way that has never been seen before. RUPCO is one among 12,800 member organizations.

United States Housing & Urban Development (HUD) 
HUD sponsors housing counseling agencies throughout the country that can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues. RUPCO is a certified HUD Counseling Agency.

Fair Housing – NYS Attorney General (HUD)
Federal and New York State laws exist to ensure that equal housing opportunities are available for all New Yorkers.

NYS Division of Human Rights– Fair Housing Guide
This pamphlet describes your fair housing rights under the Executive Law. It describes who is protected by the law, who must follow the law, what actions are prohibited, and what to do if your rights have been violated. It is important to remember that there are also federal and local laws prohibiting discrimination.

Fair Housing Justice Center
The mission of the FAIR HOUSING JUSTICE CENTER (FHJC) is to eliminate housing discrimination, promote open, accessible, and inclusive communities, and strengthen enforcement of fair housing laws to New York City and the seven surrounding New York counties of Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester.

Foreclosure Prevention Programs & Assistance Links:

Making Home Affordable Program
Housing and Urban Development, MHA ® offers a variety of programs that may help homeowners having difficulty making mortgage payments. MHA programs have helped more than a million homeowners.

Freddie Mac Look Up
To understand the options available for getting help with your mortgage – including the Administration’s Home Affordable Refinance Program® (HARP) and the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP®) – it is important for you to know who owns your loan.

Fannie Mae Look Up
This tool helps you quickly determine if Fannie Mae owns your loan. If Fannie Mae does, you may be eligible for programs designed to make your mortgage more affordable—like the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) or the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP)—or for other programs available exclusively to Fannie Mae borrowers.

NeighborWorks America® Loan Scam Alert
NeighborWorks America® launched a national public education campaign to empower homeowners to protect themselves against loan modification scams, find trusted help and report illegal activity to authorities.

HOPE NOW Alliance
A national call center with foreclosure prevention
counselors,
HOPE NOW has been offering assistance to homeowners since 2007 and 7.1 million have received loan modifications from our mortgage servicing members.

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
The mission of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley is to provide free, high quality counsel in civil matters for poor and low-income individuals and families who to all seven counties of the lower Hudson Valley (Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan).

Selected Ulster County Links:

County of Ulster

Ulster County Tourism

Ulster County Chamber of Commerce

Ulster County Board of Realtors