Local residents struggling to make rent have an opportunity to tap into hope in the long-term. For the first time since 2016, RUPCO is opening the Wait List for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) in Ulster County. Starting March 1, the community developer will receive applications from those looking for rental assistance. Most rent voucher recipients are among the most vulnerable populations in our communities like seniors, the disabled, single parents with children, and working families. Here are the links for the English application and for the Spanish application. If you need help filling out the forms, come by the Kingston office, Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for assistance.
The HCV Program, commonly referred to as Section 8, provides rental support to people with low to moderate incomes, based on household size. The program is underwritten by the Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department, and delivered through the New York State Homes and Community Development (NYS HCR). RUPCO oversees the voucher program in Ulster and Greene Counties, however, this application round is for lottery access to Ulster County voucher subsidies only. Anyone receiving a voucher will be required to live in Ulster County for the first 12-months of the subsidy cycle.
Applications are available Friday, March 1, 2019 through Monday, April 1, 2019. Interested applicants can download an application online from www.rupco.org or pick up a hard copy at RUPCO’s office; 289 Fair Street, Kingston, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All applications must be completed, signed, and mailed or hand-delivered to the Kingston office. No faxed or emailed applications will be accepted. The application deadline is Monday, April 1 at 4:30 p.m. to 289 Fair Street, Kingston.
This year, applications will again be entered into a random lottery drawing to be conducted after April 1. This lottery determines placement of applicants on the Wait List. All applications submitted by April 1 have an equal chance of being first on the list. Being placed on the Wait List doesn’t guarantee receiving a Housing Choice Voucher right away. Many applicants wait one to three years before receiving rental assistance. After April 1, all applicants will be notified by mail of their status. RUPCO administers 1662 Housing Choice Vouchers in Ulster County. The last time the Housing Choice Voucher Wait List was open in Ulster County was November 2016.
RUPCO administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the NYS Homes and Community Renewal.