Former Senator & RDAC Host Roundtable Discussion on Disabled Veterans Funds of $300k

At SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall, a unique collaboration of nonprofits, lenders, elected officials, and veterans’ organizations met to discuss available funding for disabled veterans. With the help of one of Senator Larkin’s last acts in office and New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Orange County Rural Development Advisory Corporation (RDAC) was awarded $300,000. These allocated funds allow disabled veterans to remain housed, avoid premature institutionalization, and/or return home from an institution.

“This grant opportunity is giving our heroes, over 22,000 in Orange County, a sense of security and stability in their homes by making them accessible to their needs,” stated RDAC Executive Director, Faith Moore. “Recipients of this grant funding can earn up to 120% Area Median Income and their disability does not have to be service related, allowing for a larger pool of applicants who may be in need.

“It is very important that we get the word out to the Orange County veterans community right now,” said Senator Bill Larkin. “We have no time to waste as this money must be spent by June this year. Disabled veterans all over Orange County who are in desperate need of improvements at home should have an opportunity to take advantage of this available funding. It is up to us as leaders of the veterans community to help RDAC get this much needed support to our veterans.”

For more information, contact RDAC Executive Director, Faith Moore (845) 713-4568 ext. 110.

Homeownership Preservation Counselor

RDAC Homeownership Preservation Counselor position openThis position has been filled as of March 28, 2016.

RUPCO is looking for a Homeownership Preservation Counselor for its affiliate office, RDAC in Walden, NY. This is a 6-month temporary position through September 30, but has extension potential pending grant funding.

Responsibilities: 

  • Handle individual counseling for homeowners facing foreclosure or in default with their mortgage
  • Provide budget, credit, pre-purchase and post-purchase education for clients
  • Coordinate and facilitate public education and outreach
  • Prepare and maintain counseling files
  • Produce reports as assigned

The Homeownership Preservation Counselor must have or be willing to achieve and maintain certifications in housing counseling including, but not limited to, fair housing, lending, foreclosure prevention and homebuyer education.

Requirements: 

  • Associate’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience providing housing counseling services with not-for-profit housing agency or related working knowledge of housing programs
  • Knowledge in purchasing, banking, legal, personal money management or real estate preferred
  • Must have strong planning and organizational skills
  • Must possess effective communication skills, computer literacy (specifically with databases), and strong writing skills
  • Must be willing to travel, attend off-site trainings and have a valid driver’s license

Skill Set:

  • Must be open-minded to recognize customer uniqueness
  • Have empathy for each individual situation
  • Be able to provide guidance as opposed to demands to clients
  • Be able to get along with co-workers in a small office working environment
  • Have the ability to project a smile over the phone

Salary:  Low to Mid 30’s based upon experience, benefits included

Deadline:  Please submit notification of interest to [email protected] by NOON, Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

Hudson Valley Homeowners to Benefit from Homeownership Service Provider Affiliation

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Faith Moore, Executive Director for RDAC, and Kevin O’Connor, CEO for RUPCO are all smiles over the affiliate relationship effective April 1, 2015.

Hudson Valley homeowners stand to benefit from the affiliation of two affordable housing powerhouses this week. On April 1, RUPCO, the Hudson Valley’s leading affordable housing advocate and community developer, is incorporating Orange County Rural Development Advisory Corp. (RDAC) into its housing services model, thereby expanding its impact into Orange County. The collaboration will preserve regional access to homeowner and foreclosure counseling funding in Orange County while maintaining the delivery of much needed homeownership services to the region.

“We’ve created a parent-subsidiary relationship,” explains Kevin O’Connor, CEO at RUPCO. “As of April 1, RDAC will be an affiliate of RUPCO, working jointly with our NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center, to deliver services to new, established and in-crisis homeowners. This expanded relationship allows RUPCO to officially regionalize its housing efforts, a move that’s in line with RUPCO’s strategic plan.

“Like RUPCO, RDAC is a rural preservation company (RPC) funded by New York State Homes & Community Renewal (NYS HCR). Our primary reason for affiliation is to expand our collective reach and impact while maintaining state funding of each RPC to continue providing quality homeowner programs to those who need it most. Bringing like agencies together and to partner and affiliate with a Rural Preservation Company with a great track record like OCRDAC was a natural progression. By coming together, we will have greater ability to deliver more services to those in need. RDAC has Orange County relationships and boots on the ground in those communities. RUPCO brings grant-writing expertise, and efficiencies that will benefit both organizations and the clients we help. RUPCO and RDAC have already been collaborating on grant writing, counseling and training; to become parent-subsidy makes sense financially and programmatically.”

“RDAC has a long history of serving the homeownership community in Orange County,” continues O’Connor. “Maintaining the legacy built by Founding Executive Director Alice Dickinson, building on RDAC’s enduring reputation, and teaming up with current Executive Director Faith Moore, RUPCO sees this joining of forces as the best way to serve the Hudson Valley community with a longstanding community leader who keeps neighbors strong and thriving.”

“RDAC will remain RDAC in name,” notes Faith Moore, Executive Director at RDAC. “And we will continue the outstanding work of RDAC in three key areas: foreclosure counseling, energy-related work like weatherization and retrofits, and sponsorship of affordable housing projects in Orange County. RDAC’s key leadership will stay in place with Chairman Mike Bliss and board members Lynn Piscopo and Barbara Carr.” Also joining the RDAC board are RUPCO board member Joan Lonegran and CEO Kevin O’Connor. “We’re looking forward to the expanded opportunities in homebuyer education, owner-occupied rehabilitations, and grant opportunities, as RDAC works side-by-side with RUPCO. We can also foresee taking RDAC’s retrofit programs into the Hudson Valley and teaming up with RUPCO’s Green Jobs | Green New York to offer homeowners energy-efficiency and cost-saving options in 2015.” RDAC will remain in its offices at 2 South Mongomery Street, Walden. RUPCO’s main office is at 289 Fair Street, Kingston and has additional offices at 2 Main Street, Kingston (Ulster County) and 8 Lower Thompson Street, Catskill (Greene County).

RDAC is now a subsidiary of RUPCO, the region’s leading provider and advocate of quality, affordable housing and community development programs aimed to provide opportunity and revitalize communities in Hudson Valley. With over 30 years’ experience, RDAC has rehabilitated or constructed more than 1,000 housing units in Orange County. Since 1983, RDAC has been instrumental in assisting thousands of residents to obtain financing, mortgage restructuring and services to remain in existing homes or apartments. RDAC, which assists locally employed households and senior citizens, administers various state and federal housing grant programs and offers counseling services. For additional information, visit www.ocrdac.org.

RUPCO, RDAC’s parent company, has been creating homes, impacting lives and building community since 1981. A leader in homeownership, foreclosure counseling, energy-efficiency and rental assistance programs, RUPCO is expanding its programmatic offerings throughout the Hudson Valley with the recent RDAC affiliation and urban revitalization projects in Newburgh, Saugerties, and Kingston. For more information, visit www.rupco.org.
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