RUPCO to host “Solving New York’s Housing Underproduction™” a Talk by Mike Kingsella, CEO of Up for Growth

November 1, 2022

An important discussion of the Underproduction of Housing that is contributing to the current affordable housing crisis.

KINGSTON, NY – RUPCO is welcoming Mike Kingsella, CEO of Up for Growth, to present the keynote “Solving New York’s Housing Underproduction™” at its annual Community Lunch on Wednesday, November 9th at the Chateau located at 240 Boulevard, Kingston NY. 

Mike Kingsella is the Chief Executive Officer of Up for Growth, a national, cross-sector member network committed to solving the housing shortage and affordability crisis through data-driven research and evidence-based policy. Prior to forming Up for Growth, Mr. Kingsella founded and served as Executive Director of Oregon Smart Growth, where he helped lead advocacy for a series of housing production bills across the state.

“We must all recognize that from all perspectives – affordability, workforce, climate change/resiliency and racial inequity – our nation and our region must do a better job of planning and advocating for more housing production with intentionality,” said Kevin O’Connor, CEO of RUPCO. “Only through the involvement of all sectors – private, non-profit, and government – can we take on such a huge challenge. We’re thrilled to have Mike Kingsella speak on such a pressing topic.”

Furthermore, RUPCO is recognizing two local leaders with the “Community Leader Award.” The agency is honoring Harambee, a mid-Hudson valley coalition that supports and promotes the strength of our community through cultural and educational events that enrich the lives of youth and adults. Harambee is a force in Ulster County that has created programs to educate people on African Culture and Arts that also serves as stewards of the Pine Street African Burial and Grounds and Bringing the Light program to Kingston High School. In addition, RUPCO is honoring Dennis Doyle, Director of the Ulster County Planning Department. Mr. Doyle has served as Ulster County Planning Director since 2004. His outstanding leadership and commitment to community planning have contributed to affordable housing, critical infrastructure, and many essential community needs in Ulster County.


Tickets and sponsorships are available online  or call 845-331-2140 ext 283.



About Community Lunch

Community Lunch brings together friends, family and supporters around the table for annual discussions about housing, local economies, and other relevant topics that affect our community.


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, inspires understanding and acceptance of affordable housing initiatives, and champions pathways to opportunity. For more information, visit