Quality Inn Redevelopment
Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does the Quality Inn redevelopment project entail? 
    The project proposes a mixed-use, adaptive conversion of the former Quality Inn hotel into 83 permanent rental housing units. 70 apartments will be set aside for supportive housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness with special needs, 12 apartments will be affordable for low-income households, and 1 on-site superintendent’s apartment. The project also plans to redevelop the attached commercial spaces into supportive services offices, a resident community room, a therapeutic swimming child daycare, and a commissary kitchen, which will be open to the public. The project will employ trauma-informed design to create an energy-efficient campus that consolidates 145 hotel rooms into 83 apartments, including 26 studios, 28 one-bedrooms, 22 two-bedrooms, and 6 three-bedrooms.

  • What is supportive housing?
    In its most basic form, supportive housing starts with an affordable permanent home and adds medical, mental health, and wellness care services that benefit residents and the community. These services may include case management, counseling, healthcare access, job training, a daycare facility (operated by the local WYCA), and a commissary. The goal is to help residents maintain their housing stability and improve their overall quality of life.

  • What is Trauma-informed design? 
    Trauma-informed design encompasses adaptations in the designed built environment that support “a strengths-based framework that is grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma, that emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both providers and survivors, and that creates opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.


  • Who will benefit from supportive housing at the Quality Inn redevelopment?
    The benefits of supportive housing are life-changing to the individuals and families receiving it. This project includes 70 apartments of supportive housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, including those with special needs, veterans with honorable discharge, victims of domestic violence, those with an HIV diagnosis, young adults (18-24), and those experiencing chronic homelessness. In addition, supportive housing projects benefit the community. On average, access to supportive services saves $11,000 a year per person in local costs compared to hospitalizations, shelters, and institutions.(1) Currently, Ulster County has approximately 240 households in emergency shelter (hotels) and is incurring significant per diem costs estimated to be in excess of $4M annually. The Town of Ulster residents and business with also benefit from the project’s $2M funding to extend water and sewer to the site and its surrounding areas. 

  • How are the supportive services funded?
    The development has received an Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative award from the NYS Office of Temporary Disability Assistance (OTDA) to provide supportive services and rental subsidies for the 70 units.


  • Will the Quality Inn redevelopment house immigrants?
    No. As per our funding guidelines, the Quality Inn redevelopment is intended to benefit American Citizens and immigrants who are lawfully present in the United States and are experiencing homelessness or housing instability in Ulster County, including those with special needs mentioned earlier.


  • How will the Quality Inn redevelopment address the needs of veterans and Ulster County residents in a homeless crisis?
    The Quality Inn redevelopment project includes 70 units set aside for families and individuals experiencing homelessness. In addition to 3 units set aside specifically for veterans, 56 apartments are set aside for individuals and families with special needs including mental illness, substance use disorder and those experiencing chronic homelessness, including veterans facing those hardships. RUPCO will work with the Ulster County Continuum of Care and other local agencies to receive referrals to house the Ulster County residents currently living in shelters and motels.


  • How will supportive housing contribute to addressing the homelessness crisis in the area?
    According to the latest Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) report, Ulster County has approximately 240 households in emergency shelter (hotels) and is incurring significant per diem costs estimated to be in excess of $4M annually. The Quality Inn redevelopment provides a sustainable long-term solution to homelessness by offering stable housing and supportive services to individuals and families in need. By addressing the root causes of homelessness and providing pathways to stability, this project can be crucial in reducing homelessness in Ulster County and improving overall community well-being.


  • Will the Quality Inn redevelopment offer any services or amenities available to the public? 
    Yes, RUPCO will convert the pool to a therapeutic saltwater pool—with lifeguards—that will be open to the public on a predetermined schedule. In addition, RUPCO has partnered with two local organizations to adapt the former Steakhouse into a commercial space open to residents and the public, featuring a daycare facility operated by the Kingston YWCA and a commissary kitchen administered by a local entrepreneur.


  • Are there plans for commercial spaces within the project?
    Yes, RUPCO has partnered with two local organizations to adapt the former Steakhouse into a commercial space open to residents and the public. The space will feature a daycare facility operated by the Kingston YWCA and a commissary kitchen administered by a local entrepreneur.

  • How does the development cost of the Quality Inn redevelopment compare to other housing projects?
    Supportive housing projects often involve substantial renovations or adaptive reuse of existing buildings, which can result in higher initial costs compared to building new houses from scratch. However, this approach allows for efficiently utilizing existing infrastructure and resources to provide residents with a thriving environment. In addition, construction costs have significantly increased since 2020, and supportive housing is no exception.


  • What measures safety measures does the Quality Inn redevelopment include? 
    The Quality Inn redevelopment considers resident and community safety by including 24/7 staffing, on-site monitoring, and partnerships with local service providers. Additionally, supportive services and community engagement activities aim to foster a positive living environment that benefits our entire community.


  • Who is overseeing the management of the Quality Inn redevelopment?
    RUPCO is the developer, management agent, and supportive service provider.


  • What funding has the project received so far?
    The project has a $15M Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP) award from the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, a $2M funding commitment from the Ulster County American Rescue Plan to extend water and sewer to the site and its surrounding areas, and an Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) award from the NYS Office of Temporary Disability Assistance (OTDA) to provide supportive services and rental subsidies.  The agency has also received full site plan approval and continues actively seeking funding from additional sources, including the Hotel and Commercial Conversions Programs (HONDA), Community Investment Fund (CIF),   Clean Energy Initiative (CEI) and Empire State Mid-Hudson Momentum Fund (MHMF), to fully fund the $47 M project.


  • How does the funding affect current Ulster County Taxes?
    Today, Ulster County Tax revenue goes to pay hotel fees for existing households experiencing homelessness, and capital funding from either federal or NYS sources has already been allocated specifically for creating affordable and supportive housing.


  • How will residents of the Quality Inn redevelopment access transportation? 
    RUPCO has already secured and will operate two buses to provide transportation to the resident to be able to utilize to access services, healthcare, grocery stores, etc.

(1)https://shnny.org/images/uploads/NY-NY-III-Interim-Report.pdf