Long-time Rural LISC Partner RUPCO, Inc. will host more than 250 rural community development experts during the 2019 Rural LISC Annual Seminar June 4-7 in Monticello, New York. RUPCO will highlight their affordable housing and economic development projects, showcasing best practices in bringing opportunity to America’s rural areas.

“RUPCO is one of our truly outstanding Rural LISC partners,” said LISC Vice President and Rural LISC Director Suzanne Anarde. “Their innovative and ‘outside the box’ efforts in affordable housing and economic development over many years have brought numerous impactful opportunities to Kingston and the neighboring Hudson River Valley, and we are honored to showcase RUPCO’s outcomes on their own turf, so that our network of rural partners can see their remarkable efforts directly.”

“As the LISC conference co-host, we’re eager to share with our peers the community development projects we’ve furthered here in the Hudson Valley,” said RUPCO CEO Kevin O’Connor. “On June 6, RUPCO is leading a bus tour with over 250 people to visit The Lace Mill, The Metro and Energy Square in Kingston; Newburgh Progress and key properties recently funded by Governor Cuomo’s Affordable Housing initiative; and Woodstock Commons, the intergenerational campus for seniors, artists, and working families. We’re proud to highlight the region, our partners and community impact. The opportunity to share and dialogue about our collaborative work in housing and community development has always been at the heart of why being a member of Rural LISC is so important.”

One of the stops on the Seminar tour, The Lace Mill, is a former manufacturing site repurposed to artist housing. The United States Lace Curtain Mills in Kingston once thrummed with industry, employing hundreds of workers and fueling life in Kingston and the surrounding area. But with deindustrialization, Kingston has suffered population loss and disinvestment for the better part of a century, and the 1903 brick building had been boarded up and largely abandoned for decades.

Now, the old factory building has come back to life with a new purpose. Conceived as both a housing complex and an economic development engine, the $18-million project is coming into its own as a center of cultural and economic activity as well as providing affordable housing for the Hudson River Valley’s burgeoning arts community. The Lace Mill houses 55 affordable rental units, all home to artists, with several gallery spaces, work studios and sculpture gardens. Other amenities include state-of-the-art thermal heating and cooling, solar panels on the roof and energy-efficient lighting.

Rural LISC supported the Lace Mill project with more than $10 million in equity from LISC’s affiliate, the National Equity Fund, which included federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, federal historic tax credits and New York State historic tax credits. LISC also provided $45,500 in grants for predevelopment, capacity building, and arts and culture related development. A creative placemaking grant through LISC also supported the salary for a “community animator” who helps The Lace Mill to be self-governing and publicizes the arts and educational events to the larger community.

According to Kingston residents and the developers of the project, The Lace Mill has already had a profound impact on wellbeing in the Midtown district of Kingston, by sparking more tourism and inspiring galleries and restaurants to open in nearby vacant buildings. RUPCO conducted a survey in 2016 that showed dramatic improvements in the local area. As Guy Kempe, RUPCO’s vice president of community development, said, “Residents and visitors now recognize Midtown as a good community to live in.”

Launched in 1995, Rural LISC is the rural component of the largest community development support organization in the country, called LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation). For 24 years, Rural LISC has partnered with rural communities, helping to forge innovative solutions that lead to prosperity and opportunity. Rural LISC’s investments in rural America have totaled $1.25 billion in grants, equity and low-cost loan funds. Rural LISC has leveraged this investment resulting in $3.3 billion from public and private sources, to produce 35,000 affordable homes and apartments, create 4 million square feet of commercial and community space, assist 700 businesses, create 12,000 jobs and support 20 early childhood centers. By generating resources and investing in the grassroots efforts of its 89 partner community-based organizations, Rural LISC is committed to making rural communities good places to live, work, do business and raise children. Learn more at www.lisc.org/rural.

RUPCO creates homes, supports people, and improves communities across a broad spectrum of community development solutions including housing, historic preservation, and neighborhood revitalization in the Hudson Valley. RUPCO creates and maintains quality, sustainable housing and rental opportunities, inspiring understanding and acceptance of affordable housing initiatives, and championing pathways to opportunity. RUPCO is focused to deliver over $100 million in real estate development over the next 24 months including three prominent historic preservation developments: Landmark Place supportive senior housing), The Metro (community wealth building), and Newburgh Progress (community development). RUPCO’s historic preservation work has been most recently recognized with its development of East End Apartments (2019 Preservation League of NYS Excellence in Historic Preservation Award). Other award-winning developments include The Lace Mill (2016), The Kirkland (2009), The Stuyvesant (1993). Along with its real estate development arm, RUPCO possesses a stable and diversified business model with additional impact arenas in property management, resident program services, rental assistance, and homebuyer education. RUPCO currently owns/manages 23 developments on behalf of 700 residents in 588 apartments. Through rental assistance and the Housing Choice Voucher Program, nearly 2000 families, seniors and the disabled are living in safe, affordable homes in Greene and Ulster Counties. RUPCO’s HomeOwnership Center helps over 100 people each year achieve their dreams of homeownership. The HOC works with municipalities to deliver Community Development Block Grants and with homeowners on rehabs and accessibility modifications. It also provides similar homebuyer and homeowner services through its subsidiary holding, Orange County RDAC. Established in 1981, and a NeighborWorks America chartered member since 1999, RUPCO ushers community wealth-building opportunities, much-needed housing, and strong strategic partnerships into communities eager for change. RUPCO’s community development is Building for Everyone, impacting the lives of over 8500 Hudson Valley residents each day. For more information, visit www.rupco.org

NeighborWorks Week 2019

We’re one of 250 community development nonprofits across the U.S. doing the footwork that drives neighborhood change. NeighborWorks America supports organizations like RUPCO with grants, technical assistance, peer-to-peer learning opportunities and strategic partnerships. NeighborWorks is the leading provider of training to the broader housing and community development field. as well as the network. RUPCO has been a NeighborWorks America Chartered Member since 1993, and together we’re Building For Everyone, leveraging public and private resources to better the lives of American families.

To celebrate NeighborWorks Week this year, RUPCO is raising awareness by

  • holding our annual fundraiser, Celebrate Community
  • displaying a banner from the highly visible Kirkland, at the corner of Clinton and Main Streets, uptown Kingston
  • asking you to like our Pages and tell us how you are supporting our communities by sharing on our social channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
Career Opportunity: Communications Manager

keyboard where return key says "Jobs"RUPCO is looking for a Communications Manager to report directly to the VP of Portfolio Management, in coordination with the CEO of RUPCO. This person is responsible for the development, implementation, and monitoring of all communications, marketing, and public relations programs that focus on raising the general understanding of and interest in RUPCO. Also, the position is responsible for all fundraising activities to secure charitable contributions to support RUPCO’s mission.


  1. Act as lead ambassador for the RUPCO brand.
  2. Develop & implement communications strategies.
  3. Create content for public relations and marketing materials.
  4. Manage website, social media and all electronic communications.
  5. Write and distribute media releases on agency-wide activities.
  6. Responsible for print ad content and placement.
  7. Produce content to promote RUPCO through stories that promote our mission.
  8. Cultivate relationships with media representatives.

Event Management

  1. Develop & implement event planning and logistics.
  2. Cultivate and foster relationships with funders & supporters including individuals, small businesses, corporate, foundation and government
  3. Manage fundraising campaigns for each event
  4. Staging & management of special events
  5. Post-event follow-up communication to attendees, sponsors and vendors.


  1. Management of personnel assigned for special or community events including recruitment, training, scheduling, evaluation and supervision
  2. Management of files, contracts, reports and correspondence and other documents related to work areas
  3. Produce and Deliver RUPCO’s annual report on schedule.
  4. Grant application research and writing to advance RUPCO Communications
  5. Manage fundraising campaigns
  6. Provide input to the annual budget process and manage fiscal compliance.
  7. Adheres to federal, state, and local tax requirements for the fundraising and public relations programs.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Education and Experience

  1. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  2. Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups.
  3. Ability to organize, work independently, delegate, negotiate and problem solve.
  4. Knowledge of fundraising techniques, grant writing and experience with fundraising software, graphic software and web design.
  5. Implementation and management of fundraising software.
  6. Writing, storytelling and editing background desirable.
  7. A Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications or related field and experience in media relations, corporate communications and fundraising is desired.  
  8. Must have personal telephone, valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Please submit notice of interest for this position along with a resume and paragraph or two explaining why you would like to be considered for this job and the skills that you bring to the table. 

Letters of interest should be sent to jmichels@rupco.org by Friday, May 31st at noon.

Credit 101 Workshop , May 28

RUPCO & Citizens Bank present a series of FREE Credit 101 Workshops.

March 28, 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.


Career Opportunity: Maintenance Technician

POsition open in Property ManagementRUPCO seeks a Maintenance Technician to assist in the day-to-day maintenance of all RUPCO owned /managed properties. The Maintenance Technician reports directly to RUPCO’s Maintenance Supervisor. This is a full-time, hourly position. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

Position Responsibilities:

  1. Use of work order system to accomplish maintenance tasks as assigned. Accomplish unit turnarounds including make ready time. Provide unit inspections as required.
  2. In association with the Maintenance Supervisor and the VP of Portfolio Management, will contribute to the development and implementation of a preventative maintenance plan. Maintain high-quality maintenance standards.
  3. Maintain rental units to include preventive, daily cleanliness and condition of grounds and common areas, emergency repairs or services.
  4. In association with the Maintenance Supervisor and the VP of Portfolio Management, assist with vendor relations; including obtaining Hold Harmless Agreements and ensuring compliance with insurance requirements.
  5. Complete required reports. Maintain maintenance files as required.
  6. Provide research and initiative in the area of maintenance or property management.
  7. Maintain compliance with all federal, state and local regulations and other mandated guidelines and policies relevant to property management and operations including safety and quality assurance.
  8. Provide ‘on-call’ after-hours weekday, weekend and holiday coverage as scheduled.
  9. Perform additional duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Education and Experience

  • Basic knowledge of general maintenance repairs (plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc.)
  • Basic knowledge of equipment used to perform general maintenance repairs
  • Able to lift at least 50 lbs., climb stairs & ladders, not afraid to get hands “dirty”
  • Valid & acceptable driver’s license endorsed by agency insurance company
  • Reliable transportation to get between work sites
  • Enthusiastic, friendly and positive attitude
  • Able to work independently but also as part of the team in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills: written and oral
  • Experience in a customer service environment (our tenants are our customers)
  • Tolerance and sensitivity to a diverse population
  • Strong work ethic

Please submit notice of interest for this position to kbrown@rupco.org or jmichels@rupco.org; candidates will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

First-time Homebuyer Informational Session, May 15

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


At The Lace Mill: 22, INT-O YELLOW, MyKingstonKids Art Show

Beginning May 4, Lace Mill Arts Presents three different shows in three galleries, with a First Saturday Artists’ Opening Reception on Saturday, May 4 from 5-9 pm. All shows exhibit May 4-26, 2019 and are open for viewing Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 pm.

Small Works by James Martin
A New York artist now living at Kingston’s Lace Mill since August 2016, Martin attended Brooklyn College and the Arts’ Student League (NYC). Since he was 8 years old, he’s been copying artworks and began emulating certain artists such as Rembrandt and Sorolla, all in the effort of finding himself. His work has been shown in many galleries including the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery (NYC) and Doghouse Gallery (Saugerties). An active member of Woodstock Art Association & Museum (WAAM) and life member of the Arts’ Students League of New York, he recently taught drawing at Arts Society of Kingston. He also individually curated several shows at The Lace Mill including Misfits (September 2016), Men (April 2018), Midsummer Night’s Art Show (July 2018), Masters at The Lace Mill (March 2019) which was received very well by the community. Martin’s Artist Philosophy: Art is Good. Paint a pretty picture.

Exploring optimism and mental awareness through yellow. YELLOW artworks by local artists including Lace Mill resident Felix Olivieri



EAST GALLERY:  MyKinstonKids Art Show
In celebration of MyKingstonKidsFest, The Lace Mill Arts presents artworks from local children.

On-street parking is available on South Manor and Prospect Avenues. Galleries are located at 165 Cornell Street, Kingston; shows are free and open to the public. For more information, email The Lace Mill Arts Council lacemillarts@gmail.com.

Get Your Ticket to Celebrate Community 2019, June 13

We’re back at Senate Garage on Thursday, June 13 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. Get your tickets and sponsorships online here. 

Tickets cost $100
New this Year: Supporting Sponsor ticket $125 includes VIP raffle

Small plates cuisine by Bridge Creek Catering
Music with Mike Demicco and his Band (featuring Lindsey Webster)
Silent auction with cool, new adventure packages

Premier Sponsors:

M&T Bank green logo

Community Sponsors
Benchmark Title Agency
Cannon, Heyman & Weiss LLP
National Equity Fund / Rural LISC

Senate Sponsors
Basch & Keegan Personal Injury Attorneys
Bruderhof Communities

Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty
Community Preservation Corp.
Mid-Hudson VIP
Raymond James
Ryan & Ryan Insurance
Safeco Alarm Systems
Sawyer Savings Bank
Sneeringer Monahan Provost Redgrave Title Agency
Sterling National Bank
Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna

House Sponsors
Affordable Housing Concepts
Allen Ross Architecture
Anderson Center for Autism
Brooks & Brooks Land Surveyors
Central Hudson Gas & Electric
Coppola Associates
Gagnon & Associates CPA
Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Integral Building & Design
McKenna Family Charitable
McDermid Charitable
Michael A. Moriello PC
Mutual of America
Naccarato Insurance Agency
NeighborWorks America
R&F Handmade Paint
Rondout Savings Bank
Safeco Alarm Systems
SVN | Deegan-Collins Commercial Realty

Supporting Sponsors
Adams Fairacre Farms
Aflac-Deanna Brennan
Ashokan Wealth Management
Bailey Pottery
Brian Hommel Home Improvement
Catania, Mahon, Milligram and Rider PLLC
Catherine A. Maloney
Christopher J. Marx
County Waste & Recycling
Gerentine Properties
Hudson Valley FCU
Integrated Engineering Solutions
John Mizerak
Kellar, Kellar & Jaiven LLP
Kenneth Roll, DDS, Oral & Maxillofacial
Lester Strong
Leviticus Fund
Lowe Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning
Newburgh Community Land Bank
Pat Courtney-Strong
Professional Computer Associates
Safe Harbors of the Hudson
Shuster Associates         
Stoneridge Electrical Service
Ulster County Board of Realtors
Valley National Bank
Villager Capital Advisors

RUPCO Home Repair Grant Informational Meeting, May 9

This public meeting will provide information on the new Ulster County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)  that RUPCO will administer on behalf of the County of Ulster. CDBG monies will be directed to repairs to eligible owner-occupied homes in Ulster County (excluding the city of Kingston).

We will also discuss other programs if available.

Bring your questions as we will be fielding those questions after the presentation.

May 9, 2019
5:30-6:30 pm

RUPCO Kirkland Building, main floor, Senate Room
2 Main Street, Kingston NY 12401

Register online here!
or call 845-331-9860
or email dfnostrand@rupco.org to register today!


Sullivan County First-time Homebuyer Informational Session, April 23

Want to buy a home in Sullivan County?

Learn about first time homebuyer resources to help you purchase your first home!!

Tuesday  April 23, 2019  

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Sullivan County Government Center : 100  North Street , Monticello NY 12701

Register Here!


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