*CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER*                                  First-time Homebuyer Informational Session , February 20

*TONIGHT’S INFORMATIONAL SESSION IS CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER*

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.

REGISTER TODAY!

Call 845-331-9860 or email dfnostrand@rupco.org

Walk-ins welcome!

The Kirkland, 2 Main Street, Kingston NY 12401

Taller Informativo para Compradores de Vivienda en Español, Febrero 27
¿Listo para comprar su primera casa, pero no sabe por dónde empezar?

Descubra cómo los programas de RUPCO le pueden ayudar a alcanzar su objetivo de ser propietario de una vivienda.

Esta sesión informativa para compradores de vivienda primerizos describe el programa del Centro de Propiedad de Vivienda de RUPCO y el camino hacia la propiedad de su propio hogar.

¡Registrese Hoy!

¡Llame 845-331-9860 o envíe un  correo electrónico dfnostrand@rupco.org para registrarse hoy!

The Kirkland, 2 Main Street, Kingston NY 12401Volante que muestra el edificio Kirkland en 2 Main Street en Kingston NY y un grupo alrededor de una mesa para un taller informativo para compradores de vivienda, promoviendo un taller informativo para compradores de vivienda el 27 de Febrero de 2019 de 6-7 PM para averiguar cómo RUPCO puede ayudar a los compradores de vivienda primerizos alcanzar su objetivo de vivienda

 

SONYMA Contractor Breakfast – January 28, 2019
Are you a contractor looking to expand your business in 2019?

Join RUPCO and SONYMA – State of New York Mortgage Agency for a free breakfast on January 28, 2019 and find out how you can connect with new clients.

 

Career Opportunity: Maintenance Technician
THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED 11/13/18: The Maintenance Technician is responsible to assist in the day to day maintenance of all RUPCO owned or managed properties. The Maintenance Technician reports directly to the Maintenance Supervisor of RUPCO.  This is a full time position, 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 Assistant Vice President of Operations and the Maintenance Supervisor, contribute to the development and implementation of preventive 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 Assistant Vice President of Operations and the Maintenance Supervisor, 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 worksites
  • 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 jmichels@rupco.org by no later than Friday, October 26th at noon. 

Guy Kempe elected to the Board of Directors of NYS Rural Housing Coalition

RUPCO’s Vice President of Community Development Guy Kempe has been elected as Hudson Valley Representative on the board of directors of NYS Rural Housing Coalition. The NYS Rural Housing Coalition, Inc. is a network of rural housing professionals who work toward a common goal: to design, develop, finance, build and manage affordable housing to meet the diverse needs of rural New Yorkers Members share their knowledge and expertise to attain this goal. 

Mr. Kempe completed his undergraduate education at Bard College, attended graduate level courses at the Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies at Oxford University, and began an MFA at the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts. Guy has been VP of Community Development since March of 2012 and oversees a staff of three and a current development pipeline worth $100million.

 

For nearly 40 years, the Rural Housing Coalition has brought together affordable housing professionals who work to address the affordable housing crisis, to promote healthy homes and to create vibrant local economies in rural parts of New York. “It’s a pleasure for me to join the board in this important work.”

Rural LISC Annual Seminar June 4-7, 2019
We’re co-hosting the 2019 Rural LISC Annual Seminar Save the Date: Rural LISC Annual Seminar June 4-7, 2019with LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) to be held June 4-7, 2019, at Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, NY.  Rural community development practitioners from across the nation will convene to share best practices, learn about new developments in the field, network and collectively dialogue on critical issues facing small communities in rural America.  The seminar agenda and presentation materials will be posted here closer to the date. 

As part of that conference, attendees will take a bus tour of RUPCO properties throughout the Hudson Valley including The Lace Mill, The Metro, Landmark Place, The Kirkland and Stuyvesant, Energy Square, Newburgh’s historic East End and  others. We’re honored to bring over 250 people to the region to experience the Catskills and to see  our  innovative efforts in regional community development.

Career Opportunity: Grant Writer/Administrator
This part time position (between 21-24 hours) will be responsible to facilitate committees, coordinate required activities leading to the annual grant submission of the HUD Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program for Ulster County.  The position will report to and be supported by the Vice President of Housing Services.  Additionally, this position will provide grant writing support and administration for other programs as needed. 

 Position Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate and coordinate the work of the Ulster County Continuum of Care (CoC) committees and working groups.
  • Handle required activities associated with the annual grant submission to HUD’s Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program
  • Provide monitoring of HUD funded programs
  • Assist in supporting the Coordinated Entry System data base for homeless persons.
  • Assist VP of Housing Services to prepare and submit HUD CoC annual application.
  • Responsible for documentation and recordkeeping for the Ulster County Continuum of Care

Required Knowledge, Skills, Education and Experience

  •  Strong organizational  and computer skills
  •  Grant Writing
  •  Excellent communication skills: written and oral
  • Understanding of human services and community based organizations that serve homeless
  • Ability to coordinate and engage a variety of stakeholders
  • Facilitation of meetings
  • Research skills to understand HUD Continuum of Care and other programs
  • Minutes and Recordkeeping

Please submit notice of interest for this position to kgermain@rupco.org by no later than Friday, September 14th at 12:00 pm

Annual Ulster County Continuum of Care Meeting – Update on Local Homelessness
 

Ulster County Continuum of Care logoThe Ulster County Continuum of Care is hosting its Annual Meeting on Wednesday March 21st from 1:30-3:30 at the Kirkland 2 Main Street in Kingston. This meeting is open to the public. The group works to coordinate homeless resources and identify the needs of homeless individuals and families in Ulster County. The Ulster County Continuum of Care submits an application to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that brings over $1 million dollars annually to Ulster County homeless providers. Funding is determined on an annual basis and all parties serving the homeless are eligible to apply. 

The group is comprised of local government; non-profits; homeless housing and service providers; local elected officials; Veteran groups; faith based; for profit and educational representatives that assist the homeless; and The Continuum welcomes new members that are interested in understanding the local homeless issues and finding creative solutions to reduce homelessness in Ulster County.

At the Annual Meeting The Continuum will review the results of our annual HUD homeless Count, discuss our Strategic Plan to reduce homelessness and introduce our Coordinated Entry System as well as fill vacancies on the Board of Directors for the Ulster County Continuum of Care.

To register to attend or for more information please contact Kathy Germain, at RUPCO (845) 331-9860 or kgermain@rupco.org. On-street or municipal parking available. 

All welcome. The Ulster County Continuum of Care represents a broad range of agencies working together to understand issues surrounding homelessness in the county with the goal of coordinating and maximizing homeless services that leads to a reduction in the number of homeless.  

This forum is open to the public; please share this post with others.
 
WHO:  Ulster County Continuum of Care (UCCofC) 
WHAT:  UCCofC Annual Meeting
WHERE:  The Kirkland, 2 Main Street, Kingston 12401

WHEN:  Wednesday March 21st, 1-3 p.m.
WHY:  To 
review the results of our annual HUD homeless Count, discuss our Strategic Plan to reduce homelessness and introduce our Coordinated Entry System as well as fill vacancies on the Board of Directors for the Ulster County Continuum of Care.
Gift to City of Kingston hits it out of the Ballpark

RUPCO Builds Community with Offer of Barmann Park Donation

Neighborhood icon Barmann Park — with its baseball field, bleachers, playground, snack bar and throngs of spectators and players — have called the intersection of Clinton and Greenkill “home base” for decades. Since 1979, the City of Kingston has foot the bill: renting the property for $1 a year, paying the property taxes, maintaining fields, and holding insurance liability season after season to keep America’s greatest sport alive in Midtown.
 
However, the City hit a home run this week, when it officially learned the new property owner, RUPCO-subsidiary Prospect & Green, LLC, will donate the recreational park with its parking, playground, and amenities to the City. “We believe that a community’s greatest asset is its people. And when people love where they live, work and play, community is present,” notes Kevin O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer at RUPCO. “We have the opportunity to ensure this neighborhood landmark remains accessible to kids, adults and families. At The Metro, we honored nickname local children have called the baseball park area for years. The community benefit this property holds – engaging residents in America’s favorite past-time now and for future generations – will flourish under the City’s ownership. Presenting this Kingston treasure to the people of this city is an honor beyond words.”
 
RUPCO acquired the baseball park as part of its purchase of the former MetLife Building of Records at 2 South Prospect Street earlier this year. The Metro brings community wealth-building to midtown Kingston as RUPCO transform the 70,000-square-foot underutilized factory/warehouse into a film & technology hub including Maker Spaces and other creative uses. RUPCO will collaborate with Stockade Works, a nonprofit specializing in media attraction, production, and training based in the Hudson Valley spearheaded by actor-producer Mary Stuart Masterson.
 
The Metro will focus on activities that create jobs while producing materials and value-added products and services within the community. Along with Stockade Works, The Metro currently hosts private, local enterprises Chronogram and Steintex. “In addition to the already significant job creation and community development that will result from the establishment of The Metro, we will now be able to preserve this beautiful and much-needed greenspace in Midtown Kingston forever,” said Mayor Steve Noble. “This is a natural transition and will expand Kingston Parks and Recreation’s already impressive inventory of community assets.”
 
The $14-million development, slated for renovation in late 2018, will generate a short-term, local economic impact during construction and long-term economic impact through job creation. The Metro was named “signature priority project” by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC) in 2016 and 2017. Renovation, upgrades, and historic preservation will utilize a variety of funding sources including historic and new market tax credits. For more information, visit ww.rupco.org.
Community Partner Award: Madeline Fletcher
Every year at Community Lunch, RUPCO honors a community partner doing great work in our neighborhoods. This year, we honored Madeline Fletcher, Executive Director at Newburgh Community Land Bank for her collaborative spirit in transforming Newburgh’s historic East End. Her ability to gather partners and facilitate change has been transformative.