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 July 10, 2021. 

Questions? Visit KCLB.org/homes for more information and to start your application.

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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: 10 de Julio 2021

¿Preguntas? Visite KCLB.org/homes para obtener más información y comenzar su solicitud.

HOMEOWNERSHIP GRANTS AVAILABLE IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

Interested in purchasing a home in Sullivan County? RUPCO is administering a homeownership grant program for Sullivan County first-time homebuyers. Up to $25,000 is available for income eligible households for down payment, closing costs and post closing rehab. Contact Frank Robusto, frobusto@rupco.org (845) 331-9860 ext 320 for an eligibility screen. ⠀

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

The U.S. Census Bureau is Hiring in Ulster County!

The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring for the 2020 Census. The positions are temporary and in Ulster County the pay is $18.00/hour and $.58 per mile if you need to travel to an assigned location. By working for the Census Bureau, our community has a special opportunity to help make the 2020 Census an accurate and complete count. There are so many reasons our nation needs to be counted completely and accurately. The count happens every 10 years with the decennial census, which influences how more than $675 billion from more than 100 federal programs are distributed to states and localities each year.

Here’s some of what the census numbers effect:

• Medicaid.
• School lunch programs.
• Community development grants.
• Road and school construction.
• Medical services.
• Business locations.

If you’re interested in a job, YOU MUST visit the Census Bureau job site to apply. You’ll also be able to see descriptions and frequently asked questions at 2020census.gov/jobs. Feel free to share this opportunity with someone in your community who may be looking for a job. Working for the Census Bureau is a unique opportunity!

Apply HERE