RUPCO to acquire and renovate the Quality Inn in the Town of Ulster, NY

We are thrilled to announce that through a partnership with Ulster County Executive Pat RyanFamily of Woodstock Inc and Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster, NY, that the Quality Inn on Route 28 in the Town of Ulster, will be renovated to provide supportive housing for families and individuals. 

The hotel’s 145 rooms would be converted to approximately one hundred apartments with kitchen and other amenities to help address the critical need to provide housing to those most vulnerable. In addition, wrap-around services including health and mental health care, career counseling and job training, childcare, and support for finding permanent housing will be provided at the site. The ability to provide all of these services onsite will greatly accelerate residents’ ability to secure sustainable, permanent housing. The hotel restaurant will be renovated to serve both residents and the community and may be used for job training opportunities.

Coming out of the pandemic, Ulster County will continue to do everything that we can to assist those most vulnerable among us. No one in our community should go homeless, ever. These new apartments, along with all the supportive services, will allow our residents to live with dignity and pride while accessing critical services and support during a difficult time.
 
The site will offer transportation, health services and mental health care, career counseling and job training, childcare, and support for finding permanent housing. The hotel restaurant will be renovated to serve both residents and the community and may be used for job training opportunities. The first emergency housing units at the new facility are expected to be available to begin meeting these needs by the Spring of 2022.
Energy Square was named a LEED Homes Outstanding Affordable 2021 Project of the Year

USGBC‘s annual LEED Homes Awards recognize some of the most innovative and transformative LEED-certified residential projects, and the teams that made them happen, from all around the world.

Energy Square was named a LEED Homes Outstanding Affordable Project of the year! USGBC‘s annual LEED Homes Awards recognize some of the most innovative and transformative LEED-certified residential projects, and the teams that made them happen, from all around the world.

View the other amazing projects recognized by USGBC this year here

New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will provide significant economic relief to help low and moderate-income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability by providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance and utility arrears assistance.Seven communities that received funding for emergency rental assistance directly from the federal government opted to administer their own programs. Residents of City of Rochester and Monroe County, the City of YonkersOnondaga County and the towns of HempsteadIslip and Oyster Bay must apply with their local programs for emergency rental assistance and are ineligible for assistance from the state-administered Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

Eligibility

New York residents are eligible for ERAP if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Household gross income is at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). These income limits differ by county and household size. A household may qualify based on current income or calendar year 2020 income that is at or below 80 percent AMI.
  • On or after March 13, 2020, a member of the household received unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs or experienced financial hardship, directly or indirectly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The applicant is obligated to pay rent at their primary residence and has rental arrears (rent overdue) at their current residence for rent owed on or after March 13, 2020.
  • The household must be at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which can be demonstrated by having rental arrears owed on or after March 13, 2020.

There are no immigration status requirements to qualify for the program.

Households eligible for rental arrears may also be eligible for help paying utility arrears at the same rental unit.

Priority Applications

For the first 30 days of the program, priority will be given to households in the following order:

  1. Households with income at or below 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) that also include a household member who:
    • Is currently unemployed for at least 90 days; or
    • Is a veteran; or
    • Is currently experiencing domestic violence or is a survivor of human trafficking; or
    • Has an eviction case related to their current residence pending in court; or
    • Resides in a mobile home; or
    • Lives in a community that was disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 (Check your ZIP Code); or
    • Lives in a dwelling of 20 or fewer units.
  2. Households with income at or below 50 percent AMI.
  3. Households with income at or below 80 percent AMI that also include a household member who:
    • Is currently unemployed for at least 90 days; or
    • Is a veteran; or
    • Is currently experiencing domestic violence or is a survivor of human trafficking; or
    • Has an eviction case related to their current residence pending in court; or
    • Resides in a mobile home; or
    • Lives in a community that was disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 (Check your ZIP Code); or
    • Lives in a dwelling of 20 or fewer units.
  4. Households with income at or below 80 percent AMI.

After the first 30 days, applications for all eligible households will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as funds remain available.

Benefits

Households approved for ERAP may receive:

  • Up to 12 months of rental arrears payments for rents accrued on or after March 13, 2020.
  • Up to 3 months of additional rental assistance if the household is expected to spend 30 percent or more of their gross monthly income to pay for rent.
  • Up to 12 months of electric or gas utility arrears payments for arrears that have accrued on or after March 13, 2020.

Payments will be made directly to the landlord/property owner and utility company on behalf of the tenant. Tenant applicants will be notified of the amounts paid on their behalf. If a landlord is difficult to locate or does not otherwise provide information needed to complete the application, funds will be held for up to 180 days to allow sufficient time to locate the landlord and collect required information as well as to provide tenant protections and maximize landlord participation.

Apply

Program open as of June 1, 2021. Applications are now being accepted.

Documents you will need to apply when the program is open:

Renter Applicants

Renters will need to provide:

  • Personal identification for all household members. Acceptable forms of identification include: A photo ID, driver license or non-driver government-issued ID, passport, EBT/Benefits Issuance Card, birth or baptismal certificate, school registration.
  • Social Security number of any household members who have been issued one. Individuals do not need to have a lawful immigration status to qualify for the program.
  • Proof of rental amount, signed lease, even if expired. If no lease is available then proof can be shown through a rent receipt, canceled check or money order. If no documentation is available, landlord attestation will be accepted.
  • Proof of residency and occupancy – Signed lease, rent receipt, utility bill, school records, bank statement, postal mail with name of applicant, insurance bill, or driver license. Proof should be current.
  • Proof of Income to document income eligibility:
    • Documents demonstrating monthly income for the prior month, such as pay stubs, bank account deposit verification, unemployment benefits letter, or other proof;OR
    • Documents demonstrating annual income for 2020, such as a W-2 tax form from an employer, an annual statement of earnings, or a copy of a completed income tax return, such as a 1040, 1040EZ, 1099 tax form, or other evidence of 2020 annual income.
    • Self-attestation of income is permitted in certain circumstances where no documentation is available such as certain self-employment.
  • Copy of gas or electric utility bill, if applying for help paying for utility arrears at the same rental unit.

Applicants will be asked to attest that on or after March 13, 2020, a member of the household received unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs or experienced other financial hardship, directly or indirectly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The applicant will need to sign the application form and associated certifications agreeing that the information provided in the application is accurate.

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Landlord Applicants

Landlords and property owners will need to provide:

  • Completed W-9 tax form.
  • Executed lease with tenant applicant, or if there is no written lease, a cancelled check, evidence of funds transfer or other documentation of the last full monthly rent payment.
  • Documentation of rent due from tenant (e.g. ledger, etc.) or attestation on application.
  • Banking information to receive direct deposit payment.

The property owner or an authorized property management company will be required to sign the application form and associated certifications agreeing that the information provided, including the amount of rental arrears owed, is accurate and does not duplicate a payment received from another program.

The property owner or authorized property management company must also agree to the following terms as a condition of accepting rental arrears payments:

  • The ERAP payment satisfies the tenant’s full rental obligations for the time period covered by the payment.
  • Waive any late fees due on any rental arrears covered by the ERAP payment.
  • Not increase the monthly rental amount above the monthly amount due at the time of application for ERAP assistance for months for which rental assistance is received and for one year from receipt of the ERAP payment.
  • Not evict the household on behalf of whom the ERAP payment is made for reason of expired lease or holdover tenancy for one year from the receipt of the ERAP payment. An exception to this requirement shall be made if the dwelling unit contains four or fewer units and the property owner or owner’s immediate family members intend to immediately occupy the unit for use as a primary residence.

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Helpful Videos for Tenants and Landlords

Understanding the NYS ERAP Program and Applying for Funding – Details the various application and documentation requirements and how to apply for ERAP.

Navigating the ERAP Homepage – Overview of the ERAP Portal Homepage, and its navigation features.

Using the Tenant Application and Uploading Documents – Step-by-step walkthrough of the application and document upload process.

Understanding the Landlord Portal – Demonstration of the landlord portal, and associated features.

Ready to Apply?

Apply for the ERAP online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

APPLY FOR ERAP

Charles Steele Art

Charles Steele is an artist who has lived at The Lace Mill in Kingston since 2015.

Through painting, Charles Steele can convey aspects of himself without the constraints of language. His art is an exploration and an evolving journey towards a more refined expression of his experiences, moods, and emotions – engaging in a wordless dialogue with the viewer.

Charles’ love of the arts and painting started when he studied at Renaissance Arts High School in California. After high school, Charles deeply explored meditation, mysticism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, which helped him develop a profound appreciation of life and its challenges. In his search for “the meaning of life,” Charles spent seven years with a spiritual group that he eventually realized was a cult. After leaving the group and rebuilding his life, it was years before he returned to art as a means of healing and processing via artistic expression.

Charles was participating in RUPCO’s Homeownership Center’s First Home Club Program when he learned of a new artist preference living opportunity. In 2015, Charles became one of the first residents of the newly opened Lace Mill, which he describes as “a structure that has a theme to it” and “a nexus of the arts.” This collaborative environment has helped him flourish and grow as an artist and as a person.

“It was a wonderful experience to be among the artists and people at The Lace Mill the past several years”, Charles said. He has participated in many shows and workshops, developed friendships, and even served on the Lace Mill Arts Council.

In addition to being a Lace Mill resident, Charles has also served as RUPCO’s Night Supervisor at The Stuyvesant in uptown Kingston for the past 5 years. He feels that RUPCO has been the most supportive company that he has ever worked for. He is grateful that his job at RUPCO and his home at The Lace Mill have led to opportunities for him to become deeply involved in the professional art world and to connect with the experiences of so many people.

Charles will be moving to Florida at the end of this month to take care of his elderly mother. We wish him well and will miss him at both The Lace Mill and RUPCO. Best of Luck, Charles!

To see and learn more about Charles Steele and his art, please visit www.CharlesSteeleArt.com

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.

COVID-19 Resources for Tenants & Landlords
RUPCO NYS-LAP COVID-19 Resources from Tenants and Landlords

Spring 2020

RUPCO wants to make sure that tenants and landlords have the most up to date information related to COVID-19. There are several resources available that offer daily updates on COVID-19. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease spread between people who are in close contact with one another. Apartment buildings and other shared living spaces pose the increased potential risk of persons spreading the virus. Tenants and Landlords can start preparing for the virus by being proactive with preventative steps and with communication while working as a team.

TENANTS:

Know your rights during the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Landlords cannot participate in “rent gouging,” by increasing rent in order to capitalize on the crisis.

  • If you have a current lease, your landlord cannot increase your rent until it expires. If you are rent stabilized or rent controlled, the landlord is limited in the amounts it can increase your rent (currently 1.5 percent for a 1 year renewal and 2.5 percent for a 2 year renewal).

  • For market rate tenants whose lease is expiring or are month-to-month tenants, your landlord must provide you with advance written notice of any rent increases above 5 percent.

    • 90 days written advance notice if you have lived in your apartment two years or more, or if you have a two-year lease;

    • 60 days written advance notice if you have lived in your apartment for more than one year, but less than two years;

    • 30 days advance written notice if you have lived in your apartment for less than one year, or have a lease for less than one years.

Even if you are given proper advance notice of the rent increase, your landlord cannot charge you the increase in rent unless you accept it by signing a lease, paying the increase, or take another affirmative step.

  • If you refuse to pay the increase, the landlord must go to court to evict you. However, your landlord cannot bring you to court because there is currently a moratorium on both new cases and evictions.

  • Landlords cannot withhold essential services over failure to pay rent.

  • A landlord’s failure to provide essential services such as hot water or electricity is a breach of the warranty of habitability.

  • If your landlord has failed to provide essential services to you, you can call your local Code Enforcement office to complain about a loss of essential services such as heat and hot water or other bad conditions. The deliberate disruption or discontinuance of essential services may also constitute harassment as described above.

  • New York state anti-harassment laws make it illegal for landlords to engage in any action that is intended to force tenants to leave their homes or otherwise give up their rights under law.

  • Landlords are prohibited from interfering with tenants’ privacy, comfort, and quiet enjoyment of their homes. It is a Class A Misdemeanor for a landlord to threaten a tenant, change a tenant’s locks, or otherwise try to force a tenant from her apartment without a court order, whether that tenant is paying rent or not.

  • Landlords are also prohibited from engaging in disruptive construction or renovation projects in your building that interfere with your health, safety, and use of your apartment. These actions could be considered harassment.

  • Landlords cannot discriminate against or evict a tenant because the tenant, or someone the tenant lives with, has contracted or had COVID-19, or the landlord thinks that the tenant has or had COVID-19.

  • If you are elderly or have a physical, mental, or medical impairment, which may include a COVID-19 related illness, you are protected from housing discrimination under the federal, state, and city laws, including the New York State Human Rights Law.

  • Landlords also cannot discriminate against a tenant or treat a tenant differently or unfairly because of their immigration status or because the tenant is from, or looks like the tenant is from, a country where there is a serious COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Landlords cannot refuse to protect a tenant if the tenant is being harassed by other tenants because the tenant is from, or looks like the tenant is from, a country where there is a serious COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Posting a notice that someone has an illness would be considered discrimination unless it is necessary to protect the health of others. Generally, there is no need to identify a person who has contracted the coronavirus. Instead, a landlord can post a notice stating that someone within the building has contracted the coronavirus without identifying the person who got ill.

  • If you have questions or believe you have been a victim of harassment or discrimination of this kind, contact the OAG Civil Rights Bureau by emailing civil.rights@ag.ny.gov or calling 800-771-7755.

  • If a New York State Sheriff attempts to evict you, you should contact the Sheriff’s office and then your local County office’s general number to report a violation of the Governor’s Executive Order.

  • If a Landlord locks you out or tries to evict you, also known as “self-help evictions,” which are unlawful in New York State, you should call 911 and show the police officer identification, lease, or public utility bill with your name and address.

Ulster County’s Tenants Protection Unit

COVID-19 : Vaccine Information

Links to helpful information from the CDC and other sources.

COVID-19 Information and Resources by Google
How COVID-19 Spreads
COVID-19 Symptoms
Prevention and Treatment
Stigma and Resilience
What to Do If You Are Sick With COVID-19

These resources track the spread of COVID-19:

COVID-19 Tracker and State-By-State Health Information
Kaiser Family Foundation Tracker

Links regarding rules on evictions given the crisis:

Cities Restrict/Refuse to Conduct Evictions During COVID-19 Outbreak
Coronavirus and Landlords: Effects on Evictions, Assets, and Liability

National Multifamily Housing Council COVID-19 Webinar Series
FHFA Moves to Provide Eviction Suspension Relief for Renters in Multifamily Properties

Other Helpful Links

National Apartment Association Coronavirus Micro-Webinar: How to Handle Maintenance During COVID-19
COVID-19 guidance for owners and managers of multifamily residential properties
If the coronavirus has you worried about your mortgage, do these four things
COVID-19: FAQ for Residential and Commercial Buildings

COVID-19 : NYS Vaccine Information

Guidance for Renters

Support for Renters: Fannie Mae Disaster Recovery Network
New York eviction suspension statewide
Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities
Utilities across NY to suspend disconnections for customers facing coronavirus hardships
Renters: How to Get COVID-19 Rent Relief

Additional Resources (Non-Profit/Small Business Support)

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Guide and Checklist for Small Businesses and Nonprofits
Maintaining Business Continuing During COVID-19 Pandemic

Thank you for taking the time to review this and for taking steps to help our region flatten the curve. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions, comments or concerns.

RUPCO is here to support you.
Michael D’Arcy
845-705-7883
https://rupco.org/nyslap/

+COVID19 Community Recovery

 

+Emergency Help in Ulster County

Project Resilience

Ulster County has announced Project Resilience, a community fund and local food distribution effort to support residents impacted by COVID-19. The County has secured over $2 million in funding, and will utilize UCAT and partner with non-profits and municipalities to deliver meals to local distribution centers. This new initiative will help residents in need and simultaneously provide support to small businesses. Ulster County is partnering with United Way and many other area organizations and businesses to mobilize food and services. https://ulstercountyny.gov/projectresilience.

+Food Resources

Kingston Food Security Hotline

For those within the  Kingston City School District call  (888) 316-0879  at any time to receive meals and groceries.

Kingston School District Meals

KCSD will provide families with free to-go breakfast and lunches Monday-Friday from 11am-1pm.  They will be distributing these meals at John F. Kennedy Elementary School and J. Watson Bailey Middle School.  Students who attend any KCSD school are welcome to stop by either of these two locations for breakfast and lunch items.  You may walk or use the drive-through curb side service.

KCSD Food Distribution Sites are being expanded again! To better serve the extended community, they will be offering the breakfast & lunch Go-Bags at the following locations and times:

Mondays – Fridays from 10:00am – 10:45am at:

  • J. Watson Bailey Middle School
  • John F. Kennedy Elementary School
  • George Washington Elementary School

Mondays – Fridays from 11:15am – 12:00pm at:

  • Meagher Administrative Building
  • Sawkill Manufactured Trailer Park (Sawkill Rd.)
  • Corner of Downs St. & Bruyn Ave. in Kingston

Mondays – Fridays from 12:30pm – 1:15pm at:

  • Robert Graves Elementary School
  • M. C. Miller Middle School
  • Stuyvesant Charter Apartments

*If you cannot make it to a food pick-up distribution location, please call the KCSD Food Hotline: 845-943-3938

Kingston Emergency Food Collaborative

888-316-0879

Prepared, microwave-ready meals are available for pick-up and delivery on weekdays for lunch and dinner. Call the Kingston Emergency Food Collaborative hotline for information about delivery and where to pick-up.

Ulster Community Action

– Kingston office: 70 Lindsley Ave.

845-338-8750 – Open Mon-Fri 8am-4pm

Mole Mole Restaurant –

Providing Free bagged lunches for students. Available Tues-Fri 1-3pm

Ulster County Residents: 

Request for Food Assistance 

Family of Woodstock/YMCA Meals

Prepared, microwave-ready meals are available for pick-up and delivery on weekdays for lunch and dinner. Call or text the Family of Woodstock 24/7 hotline for information about delivery and where to pick-up: (845) 679-2485

People’s Place

For those in need of food support on the weekdays, People’s Place is offering the following services:

  • The Community Cafe will be open from 8:30 am to 1 pm offering take out Continental breakfast and sandwiches for lunch.
  • The Food Pantry will operate in a modified version at regular hours (10 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday and Wednesday evening from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm)
  • The Bag Student Hunger Program which offers breakfast, lunch and snack items for school age children will begin on Monday, March 16 and run until school resumes. Distribution will follow the food pantry hours.

For more information please call 845-338-4030 or visit the People’s Place Facebook Page.

Salvation Army

Offering prepared lunch, pre-bagged groceries to anyone in need

M-F, 12   location: 35 Cedar St, Kingston (845) 331-1803 you do not need to call ahead.

UlsterCorps

Ulster County residents outside of Kingston should check with their local food pantry https://www.ulstercorps.org/agencies/food-pantries/, or school district for meals for students.

A map of all the food pantries in Ulster County can be found on the UlsterCorps website which Includes UCAT schedules.

Woodstock

The Table at Woodstock is offering meal and grocery pickup for Onteora School District residents in front of the Woodstock Reform Church on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 4-6 pm (or until they run out). Seniors and individuals in self-quarantine qualify for meal delivery. Those in need can contact thetableatwoodstock@gmail.com or message through Facebook.

Town of Woodstock residents are encouraged to register via the Town Supervisor’s Office for delivery, grocery boxes, and check-in calls. Volunteers and donations of funds or Hannaford gift cards are needed.

+Greene County

Community Action of Greene County NY – https://cagcny.org/

+Orange County

Corona Virus Resources in Orange County

LODGER At 188 Liberty Street in Newburgh is preparing and distributing 200 school-lunch-replacement meals for free Mondays through Wednesdays, from 10am to 1pm. Their staff are driving deliveries, and their efforts are being supported through donations from neighbors and local businesses.

+HVNY List of Farmers Markets and Food Pantries

https://hvny.info/info/farms-farmers-markets-food-pantries

+USDA Federal Resource Guide:

https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/USDA_COVID-19_Fed_Rural_Resource_Guide.pdf

+Farmers and Ranchers USDA’s COVID-19 Food Assistance Program
 

Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff members are available via phone, fax and online tools to help producers complete applications. The agency set up a call center in order to simplify how they serve new customers across the nation.

Applications will be accepted through August 28, 2020. Through CFAP, USDA is making available $16 billion for vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline due to COVID-19 and face additional significant marketing costs as a result of lower demand, surplus production, and disruptions to shipping patterns and the orderly marketing of commodities.

Producers can download the CFAP application and other eligibility forms from farmers.gov/cfap

+Healthcare/Insurance

NY State of Health and New York State Department of Financial Services Announce Special Enrollment Period for Uninsured New Yorkers, as Novel Coronavirus Cases Climb

.Go to NYStateofHealth.ny.gov/.

+Vaccine Eligibility Information

The COVID-19 Vaccine is here! Check your eligibility and sign up for an appointment:

https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

+Mental Health/Substance Use Help 

Governor Cuomo’s FREE Mental Health Hotline:  844.863.9314

SAMAHDI 27/7 Peer Hotline:

Kingston Frontline, Hotline providing free, confidential mental health services for Essential workers

O+ and Samadhi have launched Kingston Frontline, providing free, confidential mental health services for everyone who is essential, including healthcare, custodial, delivery, mail, transportation, farm, grocery, municipal, utility +domestic workers – also for the community organizers +volunteers who are keeping their neighbors fed + connecting them to vital services +housing. Essential workers can call 1-844-4FRTLN (1-844-437-6856) — to speak with a trained responder, who will connect them to appropriate resources, including licensed clinical therapists +support groups. 

Headspace Meditation + Mindfullness Resources Free for NYers

Headspace.com/ny

Hudson Valley Vets Peer Support Hotline

Veterans and Families of, a Peer-Support Hotline along with video conferencing is offered to meet needs during this difficult time. These peer support specialists have been in the military and understand the rigors of the military and military family life. Peer-Support Specialists aim to provide a “first contact resolution” by ensuring that your needs are addressed.

877.494.5199

https://hvcvr.org/peer-support-line/

+Ulster County COVID-19 Social Services Resources

covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/social-services-resources

The county’s webpage includes information on the Emergency HEAP Benefit. Questions regarding the HEAP program and other Social Services can be directed to the Ulster County Department of Social Services at 845-334-5436.

+New York State and National Domestic Violence Hotline numbers are:

  • New York State Domestic Violence 24 Hour Hotline (English & español/Multi-language accessibility): 1-800-942-6906 or 711 for Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • National Domestic Violence 24 Hour Hotline 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
  • National Deaf Hotline Videophone 9am-5pm M-F 1-855-812-1001 or deafhelp@thehotline.org

+Ulster County Crime Victims 24/7 Assistance Hotline

Domestic violence, assault, rape, elder abuse, cyber abuse, Human trafficking.

Call 845.340.3442

+Groceries/Pharmacies with Senior Shopping Hours, Delivery and Pickup

To assist all Seniors and those otherwise vulnerable, the Jewish Federation of Ulster County has compiled a comprehensive document of Please note that these hours and services are fluid and may change as the stores respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tJYEV17mjFiGvhwBzkmVvIarGbje-SP

+Kingston Restaurants Offering Online Ordering and Curbside Pick-Up/Delivery for Groceries

+HERZOG Home Center Offering Curbside Pick-Up (hardware)

Call 845-338-6300

+Hudson Valley Currents Digital Resistance Market

https://hudsonvalleycurrent.org/current-resilience-marketplace/

+Companies Hiring in and around Kingston/Ulster County

+COVID-19 Mobile Testing

Please refer to the Ulster County COVID-19 Mobile page for the testing process procedures as well as important phone numbers.

https://covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/get-tested/

+United Way of Ulster County

Offers a comprehensive guide to health and human services offered in Ulster County and beyond. 845-331-4199
Hudson Valley Region Hotline: dial 211.
Website: https://www.ulsterunitedway.org/

+Childcare for Essential Workers

Childcare for Toddlers and Infants: Call Childcare Connections: 845-331-7080

Emergency Childcare Service for Essential Workers: The YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County provides childcare for first responders, emergency personnel and essential workers who do not have the option to work from home. Childcare locations:

  • Ellenville Elementary School – 28 Maple Avenue, Ellenville
  • Marbletown Elementary School – 12 Pine Bush Road, Stone Ridge
  • New Paltz (Lenape Elementary School) – 1 Eugene L Brown Drive, New Paltz
  • Kingston YMCA – 507 Broadway, Kingston (Pine Grove Entrance)
    • Hours: 8 am – 4 pm. Please pack a lunch plus two snacks and a coat for outdoors.
    • Registration is required and offered online or call 845-338-3810 x112 or email janderson@ymcaulster.org

+Restaurant Workers COVID-19 Relief Fund

https://www.restaurantworkerscf.org/covid19faq

+Service Worker Fund Listing

Mutual Aid Master Doc and Service Workers

+ TheSecretCity Guide to Resources for Artists

https://thesecretcity.org/blog/

+COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

https://covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com/

+WAAM Woodstock NY Artists COVID-19 Resources

https://bit.ly/3eNVvEf

+Arts MidHudson COVID-19 Resources

https://artsmidhudson.org/covid19-resources/

+Sweet Relief Fund for career musicians facing illness, disability, or age-related problems

https://www.sweetrelief.org/covid-19-fund.html

+COVID-19 Scam Alerts:

The Federal Trade Commission and AARP have lots of info and shareable content about health and financial scams related to COVID-19.

+Price Gouging Reporting

New Yorkers are urged to call 1-800-697-1220 or complete the consumer complaint form to report unfair price increases of products such as household cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer amid the COVID-19 outbreak. File a Complaint.

+Immigration Services Portal

https://www.informedimmigrant.com/guides/coronavirus/

+Resources for Tenants and Landlords

https://rupco.org/wp-content/uploads/COVID-19-Resources-NYSLAP.pdf

+The COVID-19 Tenant Protection Unit of Ulster County

.The COVID-19 Tenant Protection Unit, staffed by members of the Ulster County Public Defender’s Office, will assure that tenants’ rights are being protected through Governor Andrew Cuomo “New York on Pause” order, which put all commercial or residential eviction under a 90-day moratorium.

To make a tenant complaint, please visit: covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/covid-19-tenants-protection-unit-form/

+Housing and Community Renewal (HCR) COVID-19 Helpful Links and FAQs

https://hcr.ny.gov/covid-19-helpful-links-and-faqs

+Small Business Administration Payroll Protection Program

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program

+Parks and Recreation

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) and the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) encourage New Yorkers to recreate locally, practice social distancing, and use common sense to protect themselves and others. [Visit Website]

+Call for Donations/Volunteers

Want to help? Donate to the Feeding local families gofundme, donate to People’s Place, or join the Covid-19 Volunteer Support Team. and UlsterCorps

+Assemblymember Brian Cahill’s COVID-19 FAQs

+Office of US Congressman Antonio Delgado

State Senator Jen Metzger’s COVID-19 Resource Guide

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h07Dr6JZae45A82trHJTMQhP8hxSd_NlPl5ZVtm3Eug/edit

+The Kingston Land Trust Land Matching Portal

The Land Matching Portal is a webpage where folks can find land in their neighborhood to use for free to grow food on.

+More information

More information can be found at the Ulster County Dept of Health website under Community Resources. https://ulstercountyny.gov/coronavirus

+Spanish

Kingston School District

A partir del Miercoles Marzo 18, (KCSD) el distrito escolar de la ciudad de Kingston proporcionará familias con desayuno y almuerzo para llevar gratis de Lunes a Viernes de 11am-1pm. Van a distribuir estas comidas en la escuela primaria de John F.Kennedy y la escuela secundaria de Jay Watson Bailey. Todo estudiante que asiste en cualquier escuela del distrito de Kingston estan bienvenidos a venir a cualquiera de esto dos locales para recoger productos de desayuno y almuerzo. Pueden caminar ó manejar al servicio de la curva de la acera.

Comidas listas para comer

Comidas listas para comer o que se prepara usando la microondas Listas para recoger y entregadas durante la semana para almuerzos y cenas. Para mas información sobre la localización de la entrega de la comida, pueden llamar ó dejar un mensaje por texto a la line directa de Family of Woodstock abierto 24 horas todos los día: (845) 679-2485.

People’s Place

Para aquellos que necesitan ayuda alimentaria durante la semana, People to People está ofreciendo los siguientes servicios:

  • The Community Café abierto de 8:30am-1pm está ofreciendo comida para llevar:desayuno continental y sandwiches para el almuerzo.
  • La Despensa de Alimentos operará en una manera modificada a horas regulares (10 am -1 pm Lunes a Viernes y Miércoles en la noche de 5:30 pm a 7:30 pm).
  •  El Bag Student Hunger Program (El programa de la bolsa de ambre estudiantil) ofrece desayuno, almuerzo y meriendas para niños de edad escolar. Comienza Lunes Marzo 16 hasta que las esculas vuelvan a abrir. La distribución seguirá las horas de La Despensa de Alimentos.

Para mas información, por favor llame 845-338-4030 ó visite la página de People’s Place en Facebook.

¿Quieres ayudar?

Done a las familias locales de alimentación gofundme , done a People’s Place o únase al equipo de apoyo voluntario Covid-19 .

Alivio Financiero

Kingston se enfrenta a desafíos económicos sin precedentes a raíz de la pandemia de COVID-19 y muchos de nuestros vecinos se encontrarán en lugares de dificultades verdaderas en las próximas semanas y meses. Para ayudar a aliviar algo de este estrés, Radio Kingston’s Community Fund está ofreciendo una mayor capacidad para apoyar a los Kingstonianos durante este momento de gran interrupción.

Residentes dentro del Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de Kingston que necesiten asistencia financiera podrán por una vez recibir apoyo financiero por única vez a través del Fondo Comunitario. La información para el fondo será a través de Family of Woodstock por teléfono y por mensaje electrónico. Las solicitudes de asistencia comenzarán a procesarse el lunes 23 de marzo. Para mas información visit: radiokingston.org/community-fund

Este es un momento para apoyar nuestro bienestar colectivo y ayudarnos mutuamente a navegar juntos por el camino. Necesitamos su ayuda para satisfacer las necesidades de nuestra comunidad. Por favor considere donar al Fondo de la Comunidad para que este recurso siga fluyendo: bit.ly/knycommunityfund

CANCELLED Learning Lunch – Hudson Valley Women Artists, A collection of short films

The RUPCO Learning Lunch series allows guests to enjoy free presentations on a range of historical and cultural topics. Admission to our Learning Lunch series is FREE. Bring your lunch and enjoy complimentary beverages. Each program begins at noon unless noted.

Our Learning Lunch series affords you the most consistent opportunity to remove yourself from a busy work week, and learn something new about the community we all call home.

Due to the recent Corona Virus spread, RUPCO has the following announcement on gatherings at our Learning Lunches as follows:

  • If you or know of a co-worker who is coming to one of our Learning Lunches and is exhibiting flu like symptoms – you/they are asked to not attend.
  • RUPCO reserves the right to refuse access to anyone who presents with malaise and to have flu like symptoms.
  • We want to keep these learning lunches healthy and enjoyable for all and thank you and ask you for your anticipated courtesy and cooperation.

Learning Lunch Series Presents: In their Own Voice, Hudson Valley Women Artists, A collection of short films.

In honor of Women’s History Month, filmmaker and historian Stephen Blauweiss will present a sampling from his collection of short films featuring past and present female artists and artisans from around the Hudson Valley. The films showcase a wide variety of styles, disciplines, and mediums, including metal-smithing, indoor & outdoor installations, children’s book illustration, painting, photography, glass work and silk-screening.

Thursday, March 19th at noon

RSVP to Maru @ megonzalez@rupco.org

Thursday March 19th at noon

RSVP to Maru @ megonzalez@rupco.org

Learning Lunch Series – Screening of Housing: A Human Right

The RUPCO Learning Lunch series allows guests to enjoy free presentations on a range of historical and cultural topics. Admission to our Learning Lunch series is FREE. Bring your lunch and enjoy complimentary beverages. Each program begins at noon unless noted.

Our Learning Lunch series affords you the most consistent opportunity to remove yourself from a busy work week, and learn something new about the community we all call home.

Due to the recent Corona Virus spread, RUPCO has the following announcement on gatherings at our Learning Lunches as follows:

  • If you or know of a co-worker who is coming to one of our Learning Lunches and is exhibiting flu like symptoms – you/they are asked to not attend.
  • RUPCO reserves the right to refuse access to anyone who presents with malaise and to have flu like symptoms.
  • We want to keep these learning lunches healthy and enjoyable for all and thank you and ask you for your anticipated courtesy and cooperation.

Learning Lunch Series Presents: A Screening of Housing: A Human Right. A collaborative film between Rise Up Kingston and Survival Media Agency that amplifies the stories of two Rise Up Members, Yolanda Knox and Freedom Walker Dickerson. Their stories are emblematic of the struggle of black, brown, and low-income people to secure stable and healthy housing. The film debuted at the 2019 O+ Festival, and was sponsored by RUPCO, Radio Kingston, and Hudsy.

Tuesday March 10th at noon

RSVP to Maru @ megonzalez@rupco.org

 

Callie Jayne’s desire to fight for justice began in 8th grade protesting against inequitable dress code policies. Callie’s career started off in sales, bouncing from job-to-job, and struggling to make ends meet. When deciding to go back to college, she transitioned to the post-secondary education field – wanting to focus on helping women prioritize their education, and moving forward in their careers. It was then, that she found herself in a situation like so many before her – a single mother, trying to survive within structures that were created to make sure she failed.

Callie finished her undergraduate degree in business, and then went on to complete her Masters’ in Nonprofit Management. For her internship, she began working at a human services organization, which later hired her full time. She built and expanded the volunteer base and pantry hours which increased the number of families who were able to access food. She increased the individual giving, community and business engagement which lowered operational costs. Though providing emergency services was helping hundreds of families every week, it was doing nothing to change the systems of oppression that are set in place.

Her life, work and educational experiences led her to discover the institutionalized issues that were preventing her and many others from all walks of life from achieving a quality standard of living. Her desire for change comes from the belief that all people deserve a basic standard of living, and if we could all come together and hear many differing perspectives, that we can use our struggles to achieve collective greatness.

RSVP to Maru @ megonzalez@rupco.org