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Good Cause Evictions Would Protect 3,000 Kingston Families from Gentrification

Good Cause Evictions Would Protect 3,000 Kingston Families from Gentrification

May 16, 2019

There are a total of 5,897 apartment units in Kingston. 1,197 of them are already subsidized in some way through grants or other funding sources. Examples: Broadway East Town Homes, Ulster Gardens, The Lace Mill, Rondout Gardens  That leaves 4,700 families renting in the free market, with no protections against price increases or unfair evictions. … Read More

Will the Kingstonian help or hurt our housing crisis?

April 5, 2019

In 2016: the Bonura Group proposed the $30M Water Club; 136 “market-rate” apartments in Poughkeepsie’s downtown, featuring a parking garage, private pool, gym, and rooftop terrace. The target market, according to a Poughkeepsie Journal article, was “millennials and empty-nesters looking to downsize,” within walking distance to Poughkeepsie’s restaurants and shops. The public-private partnership was made … Read More

Study: Ulster County Evictions Increased by 57% Since 2013

Study: Ulster County Evictions Increased by 57% Since 2013

March 18, 2019

The story of local real estate and housing is a tale of two Ulster counties: on one hand, the median home sale price increased from $200,000 in 2016 to $218,000 in 2018, there are over 1,800 Airbnbs that can generate up to three times as much income as a standard rental, and market rate housing projects … Read More



Daily Freeman: Kingston tenants forum focuses on housing conditions, discrimination

March 12, 2019

KINGSTON, N.Y. — A lack of affordable housing, discrimination against people who receive rental assistance, and substandard units where landlords refuse to make necessary repairs are among the problems renters face when trying to live in Kingston, members of the city’s Common Council were told at a a public forum. “Housing is a human right,” Callie … Read More

Spectrum Local News: Kingston Renters Testify On Living Conditions, Lobby For Rules to Rein In Landlords

March 11, 2019

Housing activist and renter Juanita Velazquez-Amador commanded attention from aldermen and women and the other 50 renters in the Kingston common council chambers on Monday evening. The council is holding seven hearings this winter and spring, in order to better shape policy, empower renters and protect landlords. Each hearing solicits input from tenants, homeowners, landlords, … Read More

Daily Freeman: Kingston housing concerns aired at forum

March 7, 2019

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Six Kingston residents shared their experience of owning a home in the city, including how one came to purchase hers, how a neighbor’s actions are affecting the quality of life of another, and how others feel about living in a community but worrying their neighbors are being displaced by increasing rental and … Read More

CBS News: Rent control could be coming to more states after Oregon

March 5, 2019

After Oregon’s rent control law last week, Illinois and New York have introduced similar bills Those laws would slow or stabilize permitted rent increases and make it harder to evict tenants Cities including Philadelphia, Providence and Los Angeles are considering similar action When he lived in Ashland, Oregon, Jesse Sharpe had his rent increased three … Read More