With your help, over the last 35 years, we’ve created homes, supported people and improved communities. Incorporated back on October 21, 1981, a lot has happened since then. We’re expanding our programs and services for our most vulnerable populations: seniors, the disabled, and working families with children. And you can continue to help us impact change in our communities by making an online donation here.
Take a look at how far we’ve come in just 35 years:
2016: Two NYConnects liaisons help people find NYS resources. Two HOPWA Care Managers added to help those with AIDS.
2015: NYSAFAH names Lace Mill as Project of the Year. Friends of Historic Kingston award Lace Mill and RUPCO Historic Preservation award. Green Jobs | Green New York #1 in energy audits and retrofits statewide. HomeOwnership Center helps 75 first-time homebuyers achieve their dream of homeownership. Orange County RDAC become affiliate April 1. Second round of first-time homebuyer grants for City of Kingston homes announced. E2: Energy Square debuts as midtown Kingston solution to derelict bowling alley. Two Care managers kick off Senior Supportive Housing Program. Section 8 Ulster County Wait List opens (first time in four years).
2014: HCR awards RUPCO additional 100 HCV vouchers to accommodate need, 1697 vouchers in play in Ulster County, 262 HCV vouchers in Greene County. Lace Mill Block Party commemorates grand opening on August 18. First residents move into The Lace Mill, 55 units preferenced for artists on July 1. City of Kingston and RUPCO provide first-time homebuyers with $350k worth of down payment and post-closing rehab grants. Construction begins at The Lace Mill, historic preservation and creative placemaking of 20th-century curtain factory into affordable rentals preferenced for artists.
2013: Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Woodstock Commons, intergenerational campus opens to 53 households for seniors, disabled and working families on May 3. Kevin O’Connor named NeighborWorks Practitioner of the Year. 13 more vouchers added to Greene County HCV/Section 8 Program, bringing total households receiving rental assistance to 262.
2012: In January, Housing Choice Voucher Program opens Greene County office to service 249 clients. RUPCO receives NeighborWorks Green Organization by incorporating healthy and sustainable principles into every facet of our operations and across business lines; RUPCO was among the first group of designees announced in December.
2011: Groundbreaking on Woodstock Commons; topped 1,500 number in Housing Choice Vouchers served, rented up Milton Harvest 47 units
2010: HCV Program receives 200 additional vouchers added to help households in Ulster County, bring total households to 1597. Weatherization begins on all RUPCO housing stock. HoC counseled 481 families facing foreclosure. Delivered 18 month HPRP program in 9 months
2009: Ribbon Cutting on Buttermilk Falls; added Tongore Pines; initiated Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing program with Family of Woodstock; first agency in NYS to implement Nursing Home Transition & Diversion program
2008: Completion of Kirkland restoration; initiated Hudson Valley Foreclosure Prevention Services with Hudson River Housing and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
2007: Ribbon Cutting at Petit House
2006: RUPCO celebrates 25th Anniversary; celebration of completion of Van Buren Street Project
2005: Demolition of the Corset Shop building next door to The Kirkland Hotel kicks off the construction phase; Marketing of the Kirkland restaurant, pub and office space starts; RUPCO helps the Mikilonis Family rebuild their home after a fire destroyed their home and claimed the life of husband and father, Ted Mikilonis; as a member of the Dri-Out Committee RUPCO helps flood victims recover after severe Spring flooding.
2004: Grand opening celebration for RUPCO’s NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center; RUPCO introduces bi-lingual homebuyer education program to Ulster County.
2003: Work with the Woodstock Affordable Housing Committee begins to bring a mix of affordable housing to Woodstock. First Celebrate Community fundraising dinner and silent auction held. Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) wait list closed. RUPCO administers 1152 Section 8 vouchers.
2002: Kevin O’Connor takes the helm as Chief Executive Officer. www.rupco.org launches RUPCO into cyberspace; first Annual Paint the Town Event held in the City of Kingston.
2001: Kingston Mayor Gallo offers The Kirkland Hotel to RUPCO to revitalize for $1; Section 8 to Homeownership Program introduced in Ulster County.
2000: First Home Club matched savings program introduced to the Board of Directors; RUPCO selected to become a partner of Rural LISC; Hasbrouck Avenue rehabilitation complete and ribbon cutting takes place on September 27.
1999: RUPCO becomes a member of the NeighborWorks® network. Hasbrouck Avenue approved by the New York State Homeless Housing Assistance Corporation. Construction of Park Heights Senior Living Community complete.
1998: RUPCO acquires the vacant Hasbrouck Avenue property. Approved to administer the HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS) program. Park Heights Senior Living Community Ground Breaking. RUPCO serves as Property Management for Jenny’s Garden I located in Marlboro.
1997: Creation of an acquisition/rehabilitation program for homebuyers.
1996: RUPCO administers 530 Section 8 vouchers.
1995: First-time homebuyer program assisted 50 families close on homes.
1994: RUPCO’s assistance sought to help house Ulster County’s growing AIDS population.
1993: RUPCO becomes a certified HUD Housing Counselor. RUPCO sponsors First-Time Homebuyer Workshops. Ribbon cutting ceremony for rebuilt Blair Road property. RUPCO starts Family Self Sufficiency Program.
1992: Application submitted and approved for Family Self Sufficiency Program.
1991: RUPCO acquires the vacant Stuyvesant Hotel.
1990: Rebuilding Blair Road property begins. RUPCO completes rehabilitation of 134 Hunter Street, Kingston.
1989: Board reviews architectural plans for the three story, seven apartment property at 134 Hunter Street for use for DSS Homeless Assistance Program with St. Agatha’s to assist young mothers. $100,000 received by RUPCO for rental rehab. The program is a 50-50 match by landlords. RUPCO awarded $54,000 for a new experimental program from the Department of Social Services to help prevent homelessness through eviction.
1988: RUPCO purchases “Timothy Estates”, located at Blair Road. Shortly after purchase a fire destroys the property.
1987: RUPCO purchases Brede Building located at 80-86 Partition Street in Saugerties.
1986: Application submitted to start a revolving loan fund to assist with security deposits, closing costs and a homeownership counseling program.
1985: RUPCO purchases Arabio Building in Saugerties.
1984: RUPCO administers Main Street revitalization in Saugerties.
1983: RUPCO administers CDBG funds for Ulster County. Section 8 Rental Assistance Program opens to serve low income families. Kathleen Maxwell starts as RUPCO’s first Executive Director.
1982: Role of the agency defined to include Section 8, Moderate Rehab, Farmers Home Administration Architectural and marketing studies for projects in Saugerties. RUPCO approved to operate Weatherization Program. RUPCO achieves 501(c)3 designation on December 10.
1981: Rural Ulster Preservation Company started under the direction of a board of directors. Date of incorporation October 21, 1981.