First-time Homebuyer Informational Session , August 21

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!

Wednesday August 7,2019 / 6-7 pm                                                        

The Kirkland, 2 Main Street, Kingston NY 12401

Homebuyer Informational Session, June 20

Homebuyer informational session flyer for June 20 6 p.m. at The Kirkland, 2 Main Street, Kingston Tired of paying rent to someone else?

Wondering if YOU can own your own home

Ready to invest in your own future but don’t know where to start? 

Come to our Homebuyer Informational Session!
Wednesday, June 20
6-7 p.m.
Cost: FREE
The Kirkland, 2 Main Street, Kingston

Find out how RUPCO can help you reach your goal of homeownership.

All questions answered!

On-street parking or free after-hours parking in the Ulster County municipal lot next door.  

Please RSVP with Daniela (845) 331-9860  or by email to dfnostrand@rupco.org

Michael Bisio Hits the Right Note in Home-Life Symphony

Michael Bisio holding bass black and white headshotMichael Bisio is an accomplished bassist player, music connoisseur, and long-time adjunct professor. Bisio also moved around many times, from Washington State to NYC, adding to his repertoire of cultural experiences.  He found stability at The Lace Mill in Kingston, where he lives with his wife and fellow artist Dawn Bisio.  Their apartment is his happy place with wiggle room to jive in and hang prized artwork hanging. Now, he can balance professorship, musical gigs, traveling, and love—a harmony he’d sought for years.

Bisio was a reserved student in college, shy and unassuming. Professors took note of his talent and realized self-confidence was holding him back from excelling. They routinely pushed him to step outside of his comfort zone in his work, to self-reflect on the success he wanted. They challenged him to see his potential, flaws included, modeling a budding artist into a star performer. For him, it was tough—to stand in front of sheet music and critics for hours a day. By graduation, he collected his degree and the payoff of a sharper sense of confidence.

Years later, married with a son, Bisio owned a home in Seattle. After experiencing a “high point” in home life, he divorced and moved cross-country for his musical career. He came to NYC, hopping from apartment to apartment for about a decade until he heard about The Lace Mill through a friend. He applied, and a “fantastic” opportunity unfolded for his music, housing and finding the love of his life next door. Dawn and Michael met passing through the door of ASK Gallery in Kingston—Dawn caught Michael’s eye. He flirted with a coy “you’re hot.” Dawn reciprocated, and the two instantly bonded. They soon moved in together and made their own hub for artsy exploration.

Now, Bisio is part of a large pool of artists who help each other out with events hosted at The Lace Mill. He’s glad he is in the mix, but with enough privacy to focus on his ever-evolving career. “I think in the abstract, it created a community that in the long run has proven to be diverse. It [The Lace Mill] gives me a platform to produce concerts, which benefits the community.” Artist-residents attend his concerts and they bring friends. Word of mouth spreads concert details quickly around town. Engaged audience members are key in these live concerts; they are an important “ingredient in the process” and contribute vibes—either high or low frequency—that Bisio feeds off for a unique emotive atmosphere. Live performance, he recognizes, is a special relationship between performer and audience. If the audience doesn’t understand the tradition behind the musical number, “they can still feel it—the overwhelming intensity of it.”

Bisio isn’t going to halt the torrent of gigs soon. He plans on affecting more people through his bassist work as long as he “remains creative and positive.” There’s always more good energy to create in the universe, and he feels it is his responsibility to contribute high-frequency vibrations that align people’s energies into a state of bliss. And after the shows are over, he comes home to his apartment, to relax and rejuvenate as he pleases. Indeed, his sacred space couldn’t be more loving and personal, a place which can be completely silent or filled with music, whichever, and whenever, he prefers. His home is where he can fluctuate between living and prepping for a show, balancing out the dynamics of being and doing, in symphony with his life partner.

Michael’s next Lace Mill concert is Saturday, April 21, from 4-6pm in the East Gallery of The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell St, Kingston. Suggested donation is $10.00. Guest parking is available on South Prospect Street and Manor Avenue. For more information, e-mail Michael at bisio@earthlink.net or visit MichaelBisio.com.

Check out Bisio’s photo feature on the American Express site: https://www.amexessentials.com/hudson-valley-guide/ Click “Start Slideshow and scroll to image #7.

Non-emergency rehab repairs for owner-occupied homes

Home rehab siding installerRUPCO accesses funding from state, federal and other funders to provide grants to low-income homeowners for improvements and necessary repairs. Each home is evaluated to determine the types of repairs that need to be completed. Items include health and safety hazards, improvement or replacement of outdated systems, structural issues, accessibility modifications, and energy conservation measures. Owners must occupy their residence, and most funding sources don’t allow assistance to manufactured housing.

Typical repairs:

  • Roof Replacement
  • Windows and siding
  • Interior painting for lead stabilization
  • Upgrades to heating, plumbing, or electrical systems

RUPCO currently has a wait list for this program, but we encourage Ulster County Homeowners to submit an application. The household income limits are on the downloadable application attached below. Applicants are determined on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additionally, they are chosen by household type, income or other specifications set by funders. There are specific document requirements to verify ownership, household size and income.

Most funding is provided in the form of a zero-interest deferred loan with a term of 5 or 10 years depending on the funding source requirements. These funds require no payments or interest and are forgiven if residency is verified each year till the end of your term. Other restrictions may apply.

This program is not an immediate or emergency program.