Landmark Place Accepting Applications

AFFORDABLE LIVING, SENIOR HOUSING, A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 23rd

Applications can be downloaded and printed copies are available for pick up at the lobby of RUPCO’s office at
289 Fair St., Kingston, NY 12401.

The initial occupancy lottery will occur on June 4 at 289 Fair St., Kingston, NY 12401. RUPCO expects an August 2021 move-in date for residents selected through the lottery. Applications that are not selected and those received after the deadline will be placed on a waitlist for future occupancy.

Located at 300 Flatbush Ave., Landmark Place is a 14-acre multi-dwelling campus that provides 66 affordable and supportive homes for seniors 55 and older. The site features the rehabilitated former Kingston Almshouse, now called Landmark West, that houses 34 studio apartments and a newly constructed four-story building, Landmark East, that houses 32 one-bedroom units.

The development was awarded an Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) grant through the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to provide rental subsidy and case management services for 35 apartments to qualifying individuals, including people who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. Additional considerations will be made for disabled veterans, frail and elderly seniors, and those who meet mental health/substance use set aside qualifications.

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MAX ANNUAL INCOME LIMITS

Units with subsidy
One person – $29,300
Two person – $33,500

Units without subsidy
One person – $35,160
Two person – $40,200

3D Render of a buildingRents for units without subsidy start at
$730 a Studio
$781 for a one bedroom.
All rents include heat, hot water, and electric utilities.

Landmark Place was planned with seniors in mind, employing Active Design and other evidence-based approaches to maximize residents’ physical and mental health, including step-in shower stalls, easy-open slap-latch doorknobs and faucet handles, strategically placed railings and lighting, and energy-efficient lighting, appliances, and heating/cooling systems.

RESIDENTIAL AMENITIES

  • Onsite laundry facilities
  • Onsite superintendent
  • Garden space
  • Proximity to mass transportation routes, services and retail
  • Elevator (one in each building)
  • Privately owned van and handicap accessible bus to transport residents to local service points for medical and benefit services
  • 24/7 front desk staff

Case management services available for residents receiving rental subsidy, including but not limited to:

  • Self-advocacy support
  • Medication management and training by an onsite Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Daily living skills training
  • Skill development support
  • Socialization activities

 

LANDMARK PLACE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
    300 Flatbush Avenue, Kingston NY, 12401
  • ARE THERE AGE RESTRICTIONS?
    Yes! All members of the household must be 55 years of age or older.
  • ARE THERE INCOME LIMITS?
    Yes. To be eligible for units without rental subsidy your Annual Maximum
    Income must not exceed $35,160 for one person and $40,200 for a couple.
    To be eligible for units with rental subsidy your Annual Maximum Income must not exceed $29,300 for one person and $33,500 for a couple.
  • HOW MUCH ARE THE RENTS? Rents for apartments without rental subsidy range from $730 – $938
  • WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY RENT? Rents includes heat, hot water, electricity, water, sewer, trash removal, and snow removal.
  • WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?
    May 23 to be considered for our initial occupancy lottery. Applications received after will be placed on our wait list.
    Rents for apartments without rental subsidy range from $730 – $938
  • ARE THERE ELEVATORS IN BOTH BUILDINGS?
    Yes!
  • ARE THERE LAUNDRY FACILITIES IN EACH BUILDING?
    Yes, tenant-paid laundry is available at both locations.
  • ARE GROCERY STORES NEARBY?
    Landmark Place is conveniently located on a main bus route. A pharmacy and gas station with small grocery sections are within walking distance.
  • WHAT AMENITIES ARE AVAILABLE?
    Landmark Place was designed with seniors in mind. Daily life is made easier with features like step-in showers, easy to open doorknobs and strategically placed railings. Other amenities include:
    – Onsite laundry facilities
    – Onsite superintendent
    – Garden space
    – Proximity to mass transportation routes, services and retail
    – Elevator (one in each building)
    – Privately owned van and handicap accessible bus to transport residents to local service points for medical and benefit services
    – 24/7 front desk staff
  • ARE PETS ALLOWED?
    Yes! One pet limit. Breed and size restrictions apply.
  • IS SMOKING ALLOWED?
    Landmark Place is a smoke free property.
  • WHEN COULD I MOVE IN?
    RUPCO expects several units to be available for occupancy as soon as August 2021.
  • WHAT IS A RENTAL SUBSIDY?
    Landmark Place was awarded an Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) grant through the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, in which residents receiving rental subsidy would only pay 30% of their income towards rent. The ESSHI program pays the balance.
  • WHAT CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS RECEIVING RENTAL SUBSIDIES? 
    We believe that access to support services increases residents’ physical and mental health. The case management services preformed by RUPCO include, but are not limited to:
    – Self-advocacy support
    – Medication management and training by an onsite Licensed Practical Nurse
    – Onsite Behavioral Health Specialist
    – Daily living skills training
    – Skill development support
    – Socialization activities

 

people in a well-lit room

 
RUPCO partnered with NYS Homes and Community Renewal, NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, TD Bank & National Equity Fund to bring to life the $25 Million development that will help our senior residents live with dignity in safe, quality, and affordable housing.

 

 

HISTORY
Kingston holds a rich history of caring for its poor, dating back to the Dutch Colonies. Landmark Place West was originally constructed (circa 1870) as the Kingston Almshouse - the first publicly funded civic project of the newly formed City of Kingston. Our forefathers believed the most critical first building they could construct would be a place to care for the most vulnerable. Landmark Place preserves the physical heritage of the site and maintains the historical narrative.

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Welcome to Woodstock Commons!

For Yasmina Verna and her four children, finding and maintaining secure housing hasn’t been easy. The 35-year-old mother has worked two or three jobs to provide for her kids, Kayleah (12), Trey (9), Maggie (5), and “DJ” (8 months), yet sometimes “home” has been a hotel room or other temporary accommodation. Despite the hardships she faced, Yasmina was determined to show her children that she would not give up hope that they could have a better life through patience and hard work.  

In 2019, Yasmina was able to rent a house, and she took in a roommate to help with expenses. Although the family’s living situation seemed to be improving, a number of setbacks caused further instability and emotional trauma. The landlord disapproved of Yasmina’s roommate and refused to do repairs to the house, even when the heating and hot water system failed. In April 2020, as the pandemic was starting to spread across the region, the family was forced to move out of their home due to uninhabitable conditions. Unable to find an affordable apartment to move into, Yasmina and her children were homeless again. For the next ten months, they moved from hotel to hotel around Ulster County, struggling to find a safe and permanent housing situation.

In early February 2021, a unit became available in Woodstock Commons. After working with staff, we were able to place the Verna family in their apartment with a Section 8 voucher!

With tears in her eyes, Yasmina shared her experience with us:

“I cannot even express how thankful I am for you guys and the program that you have. RUPCO pushed for me. Maria, everyone pushed for me! I cannot take the credit for myself, everybody was a team. They made it work, even when I was ready it give up, you know, it was too much at certain times. I could’ve lost the voucher because nobody wants to help you move in a pandemic. So for this unit to open up, during the pandemic, I am just overwhelmed with happiness, and so are my children and I couldn’t have asked for anything more!”

“The initial feeling I had when I opened the door to the apartment was that God had answered my prayers! It was heartfelt, I was just so overcome with joy, we were finally over the suffering….the pain we had to go through…it was all worthwhile! My kids are so happy right now! They are outside playing right now. It feels so good to not have to worry about them.”

Through all of the adversity she has faced, including the loss of family member, the challenge of homelessness, and a dangerous pandemic, Yasmina has maintained a positive and resilient outlook. “I tell my kids that we’ve got to keep up the good work. It doesn’t stop just because we’re here, you still got to put in hard work to get what you deserve. Don’t give up – you will get what you ask for. You just have to be patient and work hard,” she said. Giving credit to her Caribbean parents for giving her a strong willpower to never give up, Yasmina explained, “They taught me to work hard, have goals, ambition, and that nothing in life comes for free.”

Yasmina’s story is a reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of safe, stable, and affordable housing.

Application for City of Kingston Land Bank Homes

The Kingston City Land Bank (KCLB)  is undertaking the construction and sale of 3 single-family homes in Kingston. These properties were foreclosed upon by the City of Kingston and the KCLB acquired the properties from the City for the full value of back taxes.

Construction is currently underway and these 3 homes are expected to be ready for purchase and occupancy in the third Quarter of this year.

KCLB is parterning with RUPCO  to qualify and assist those interested in applying to purchase these properties. Applications are due by March 27, 2021. 

More Questions?

Kingston City Land Bank will offer information sessions for interested applicants.

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Kingston City Land Bank (KCLB), una organización independiente tipo 501(c)3, comenzó la renovación y venta de tres viviendas unifamiliares aquí en Kingston, NY. Estas propiedades pasaron por el proceso de ejecución judicial en la Ciudad de Kingston y KCLB las adquirió las por el precio de su mora fiscal.

Hemos iniciado la construcción y esperamos que estarán listas para su compra y podrán ser ocupadas a finales del 2021.

KCLB está colaborado con RUPCO evaluar y asistir a quienes estén interesados en comprar las viviendas. Fecha límite para aplicaciones: 27 de Marzo 2021

¿Dudas?
KCLB ofrece unas sesiones informativas en vivo, interpretadas en Español.