Applications will be accepted October 1, 2019 for RUPCO’s Energy Square, 20 Cedar Street, Kingston

Applications will be accepted October 1, 2019 for RUPCO’s Energy Square, 20 Cedar Street, an Energy Efficient Live/Work Community in Midtown Kingston, New York with Occupancy starting March 2020.

Energy Square is an Innovative development in heart of midtown Kingston with 56 Affordable Homes with Retail, Community-based Arts Education and Job Training. The building design incorporates geothermal power sources and energy-saving features to make Energy Square Hudson Valley’s First “Net Zero for Living” Affordable Apartments

September 25, 2019 – Kingston, NY – The new home for the Center for Creative Education (CCE), along with 56 mixed income apartments will start occupancy on March 1, 2020. Applications for the apartments will be accepted starting October 1, 2019, and be due by December 5, 2019 for occupancy March 2020. Applications will enter a lottery on January 3, 2020 for tenant review and selection for RUPCO’s Energy Square’s 56 affordable rental apartments in the 5-story building. There will be 2 studios, 44 one-bedroom, 6 two-bedroom, and 4 three-bedroom apartments. Two apartments will be reserved for homeless adults and another 7 apartments will be set aside for homeless young adults with services funded through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative, which provides operational funding to providers for the development and operation of supportive housing for New Yorkers identified as homeless with special needs or other life challenges. Supportive services will be provided by Family of Woodstock and the Center for Creative Education (CCE). Utilities which include heat, hot water and electricity will be free to residents. Amenities include energy star appliances, laundry on premise, community room with WIFI, green rooftop with outdoor pavilion, on-site parking, and a live-in superintendent.

Energy Square was born when CCE approached RUPCO looking for space to grow. CCE’s mission is to enrich the social and cultural awareness of youth and community through arts, wellness and education. They will provide comprehensive community-based art and workforce development job training for young adults ages 18 to 25. CCE will also share the street-level commercial space with their two tenants: a retail market and a café, which be open to the public. The café will also work in conjunction with their workforce development job training center.

Energy Square is a unique, sustainable and exciting development that breathes life into an outdated property and makes it possible for people of all ages and income levels to call one of Kingston’s most vibrant city neighborhoods home. Rents which include utilities for free, (heat, hot water and electricity) range from $441-$1,428. These homes are affordable to residents with earnings below Ulster County’s area median income.

Energy Square meets a “net-zero for living” standard which combines geothermal and solar power sources and energy efficient features to make it HCR’s first affordable housing development in the Hudson Valley that produces as much energy as it uses.

Energy Square is constructed on the 1.3-acre site of the former Mid City Lanes bowling alley at 20 Cedar Street. Its location is in the heart of Kingston’s Midtown district within walking distance to jobs, healthcare, library, retail, and restaurants.

 

Contact:

Julee Whalin,

Communications Manager

RUPCO

845.331.2140 x 276

jwhalin@rupco.org

 

First-time Homebuyer Informational Session, October 16

Ready to buy your first home, but don’t know where to start?

This in-person, hour-long First-time Homebuyer Informational Session outlines the RUPCO HomeOwnership Center’s Homebuyer Program and the path to homeownership.

Call 845-331-9860 or email dfnostrand@rupco.org to register today!

Walk-ins welcome!

Wednesday September 18, 2019 / 6-7 pm

The Kirkland, 2 Main Street, Kingston NY 12401

Sullivan County Homebuyer Seminar, October 9

Looking to purchase home in Sullivan County?

The Sullivan County Land Bank (SCLB) and RUPCO can provide Opportunities and Resources that can help!!

FREE Homebuyer Seminar in Sullivan County

Guest Speakers

* Dickie Baxter – Curasi Realty
* Karen Fitzpatrick – M&T Bank
* Sullivan County Land Bank

Call 845-331-9860 or email dfnostrand@rupco.org to register today!

Credit 101 Workshop, September 24

RUPCO presents a series of FREE Credit 101 Workshops

September 24, 2019
5:30-7:00 pm

The Kirkland Building
2 Main Street
Kingston, NY 12401

This workshop will provide valuable information on important aspects of your credit making it easier to qualify for a mortgage.

Tips will include
•Understanding your credit report
•Improving your credit
•Reducing your monthly debts

Find out how RUPCO programs can help you reach your goals.

REGISTER TODAY!

Sullivan County Homebuyer Seminar, August 27

The Sullivan County Land Bank (SCLB) and RUPCO can provide Opportunities and Resources that can help!!

Guest speakers:

  • Dickie Baxter & Vinny Reeda from Curasi Realty 
  • Denise Quinn from Mid Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union 

Call 845-331-9860 or email dfnostrand@rupco.org to register today!

FREE Homebuyer Seminar in Sullivan County

Tuesday  August 27, 2019

5:30 – 7:00 PM 

Holiday Mountain Fun Park
The 845 (restaurant)
30 Holiday Mountain Road
Monticello, NY 12701

Homebuyer Seminar in Monticello NY on August 27, 2019 from 5:30-7pm

 

First-time Homebuyer Informational Session , August 21

Ready to buy your first home, but don’t know where to start?

This in-person, hour-long First-time Homebuyer Informational Session outlines the RUPCO HomeOwnership Center’s Homebuyer Program and the path to homeownership.

Call 845-331-9860 or email dfnostrand@rupco.org to register today!

Walk-ins welcome!

Wednesday August 7,2019 / 6-7 pm                                                        

The Kirkland, 2 Main Street, Kingston NY 12401

Credit 101 Workshop, August 7

RUPCO presents a series of FREE Credit 101 Workshops

August 7, 2019
5:30-7:00 pm

The Kirkland Building
2 Main Street
Kingston, NY 12401

This workshop will provide valuable information on important aspects of your credit making it easier to qualify for a mortgage.

Tips will include
•Understanding your credit report
•Improving your credit
•Reducing your monthly debts

Find out how RUPCO programs can help you reach your goals.

REGISTER TODAY!

Sullivan County Homebuyer Seminar, July 23

The Sullivan County Land Bank (SCLB) and RUPCO can provide Opportunities and Resources that can help!!

Call 845-331-9860 or email dfnostrand@rupco.org to register today!

FREE Homebuyer Seminar in Sullivan County

Tuesday  July 23, 2019

5:30 – 7:00 PM 

Village of Liberty
Municipal Building
167 North Main Street
Liberty, NY  12754

 

First-time Homebuyer Informational Session, July 17

Ready to buy your first home, but don’t know where to start?

This in-person, hour-long First-time Homebuyer Informational Session outlines the RUPCO HomeOwnership Center’s Homebuyer Program and the path to homeownership.

Call 845-331-9860 or email dfnostrand@rupco.org to register today!

Walk-ins welcome!

The Kirkland, 2 Main Street, Kingston NY 12401

Flyer showing the Kirkland Building at 2 Main Street in Kingston NY and a group siting around a table for a homebuyer orientation class, promoting a firsttime homebuyer informational session on July 17, 2019 from 6-7 pm to find out how RUPCO can help firsttime homebuyers reach their goal of homeownership

 

One Step Behind

 

Although I’ve never been homeless, it feels like I don’t have a home. All my life, I’ve struggled to find and accept one. To me, a home is a place where you feel content and secure. I’m so close to finding this sanctuary that it pains me, but I’m not there yet. I think that if it weren’t for my troubled childhood, I would be able to find a place to call my own.

Growing up with two alcoholic parents doesn’t exactly set you up for success. I did have a perfect childhood, until my parents split up. After the divorce, my sister and I started living with our mother. This is when her alcoholism truly took control of her life, and ours. We would come home from school not knowing whether or not she would be intoxicated. At eight, I started to become traumatized by her instability and behavioral antics. We were too young to realize what was going on, but this had become our new life. Because of her alcoholism, I was forced to become an adult and take care of her while I raised my sister as well as myself. This life had broken any and all the memories I had of a home. Ten years later, I had a second chance of finding a place to call my own.

When I was eighteen, I moved in with a friend and his family. They accepted me and treat me like their own. I appreciate everything they’ve done for me and am eternally grateful, but even with all their support and love, I can’t help but to hesitate about calling their house my home. The constant tension within the house triggers something within me, making it difficult to relax there. because of the tension, I still return not knowing what I’m coming back to. This instability brings me back to when I was with my mother. They truly try to make me as comfortable as possible, but I’m still stuck in the past.

The closest thing to home I’ve ever had was my dorm at SUNY Geneseo. It was just me and my cat. I had my own space. The major difference was that the dorm was “mine.” I didn’t have to be anxious about what I would come back to. I had a safe space. This fall I will start an intercultural and interpersonal communications degree at SUNY New Paltz. I will once again be dorming and to me that means I’ll have a temporary home. I understand that home is what you make of it, but I just can’t adapt to living with others yet. I think that in order for me to let go of my past, I need to live on my own for the time being.

Home matters to me, as it should to everyone. Although I’m not quite there yet, I believe that my home is out there waiting for me. I’m not sure how I’ll get there, but I know I will. In the end everything works out, I’m just one step behind. 

-Heather Trimboli