Spectrum News: Single Mother Gets Emergency Housing Assistance From Friends, Landlord

May 12, 2019By Alex Panagiotopoulos

“Once a handful of community activists learned how dire the circumstances were for the family, they mobilized. Most of the group’s members are renters who stick up for housing insecure residents in the Kingston area. This time, they stuck up for Velazquez-Amador. Velazquez-Amador is a fair-housing activist herself with the Kingston Tenants Union. Activists helped find … Read More

Will the Kingstonian help or hurt our housing crisis?

April 5, 2019By Alex Panagiotopoulos

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

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

March 11, 2019By Fox Green

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, 2019By Fox Green

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, 2019By Fox Green

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