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Ulster County residents say they lack affordable housing

Mar 23, 2023 12:41 am

Patricia R. Doxsey reports in the Daily Freeman that Ulster County residents told their legislature on March 21 that they need affordable housing. Katrina Houser moved to Kingston with her mother in 1974 and said, “I’m a lifelong resident with nowhere to go, with an income to pay rent, but the rent’s too high for me to pay it.” Kingston resident Anne Ames said, “The gentrification and displacement has gotten way out of hand.... There is no housing. People don’t have any place to go.” The 2021 Ulster County Housing Plan backs up these stories with statistics. The reports said that the average wager earner in Ulster County has to work at least 67 hours a week to avoid being considered “rent burdened,” which is defined as spending more than one-third of one’s income on housing costs. Ulster County legislators are expected to vote on a new law to help the affordable housing crisis in April. Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.