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Ulster County to put affordable housing on site of former jail

Mar 01, 2022 12:45 am

Cloey Callahan reports in the Times Union that Ulster County has plans to turn its former county jail site into a neighborhood of mixed-income, intergenerational and workforce housing. The idea is to take a vacant building and address the ever-increasing demand for affordable housing across the entire Hudson Valley. “We’ve had the perfect storm around housing,” said Kevin O’Connor, CEO of Kingston-based RUPCO, a community organization that aims to make affordable housing accessible in Ulster County. “It’s created an absolute housing crisis. The phone rings every day at RUPCO,” he continued. “People are in desperate need of housing, and we have little to no resources.” There have been very few affordable housing projects approved anywhere in the Hudson Valley in recent years, as most rents and prices skyrocket from an influx of newcomers, and more rooms and houses are taken off the market for short-term rentals. Meanwhile, Ulster County's old jail has been vacant since 2007. The county's new plan, would replace that empty structure with 80 units of senior housing and 80 units of workforce housing that are affordable at a range of 30 to 130 percent of area median income. The housing units would include one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. And the development will also include a community building, with a gathering and fitness space for residents and local organizations. Read more about this story in the Times Union.