Creating Opportunities for Homeownership
The New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation awarded Ulster County $750,000 to provide assistance to low and moderate income first-time homebuyers. Eligible activities in the Creating Opportunities for Homeownership Program include assistance with down payment and closing costs, and post-closing rehabilitation. RUPCO and Ulster County started implementation in the spring of 2016.
Preserving and Greening Housing in Ulster County
The New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation awarded Ulster County $500,000 for a single-family housing rehabilitation program. The Preserving and Greening Housing in Ulster County Program will focus on energy efficient upgrades along with traditional rehabilitation work. Solar panel installations will be conducted where feasible. RUPCO and Ulster County started implementation in the spring of 2016.
Ulster County Continuum of Care
Priority Strategies to Support Housing Development in Ulster County
Priority Strategies to Support Housing Development in Ulster County (“Strategies”) was adopted as an element of the County's Comprehensive Plan by resolution of the Ulster County Legislature on July 9, 2008. Strategies contain five (5) overarching recommendations:
- Undertake a “Full Court Press” Public Information-Education Campaign to Raise Public Official and Citizen Awareness About theimportance of Housing Choice to the County's Economy and Livable Communities;
- Implement a Countywide “Housing-Friendly” Zoning Policy;
- Conduct a Feasibility Analysis of the Efficacy of Establishing a Community Housing Trust to Preserving Housing Affordability in the County;
- Develop Creative Approaches to Reward the County's Communities for Efficient Use and Expansion of Existing Regional Infrastructure to Support Higher Density Housing Development;
- Develop and Integrate a Comprehensive Set of County-Municipal Housing Targets Consistent with the Economic Development and “Smart Growth” Needs of the County and Individual Municipalities.
In arriving at the recommendations Strategies documents the increase in housing costs for both home ownership and rental units in relationship to growth in income utilizing a six (6) year data window from ending in 2004. Strategies also include information on barriers to housing development including nimbyism, and zoning densities that fail to take advantage of existing infrastructure.
Three-County Housing Needs Assessment
The Three-County Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), 2006 to 2020 was developed in response to the growing challenge of housing supply and costs within Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties. The RHNA utilizes a base year of 2006, and forecasts housing needs out to 2020. In addition, to the total number of housing units needed to meet a growing population and smaller household sizes, the Study provides an analysis of the need for affordable units by municipality in each of the counties. This ‘gaps analysis” process required both economic and population forecasts that faced a substantive review by the steering committee in each county. The results are presented in a series of demographic and economic tables that establish both current need and a prospective need, the latter providing the number of affordable units that would be needed in the future to ensure that the affordability gap did not grow.. The Study represents a major collaborative effort between the counties to understand the regional housing needs and seek solutions cooperatively. Funding was generously provided by the Dyson Foundation.
Annual Rental Housing Survey
The Annual Rental Housing Survey presents basic data on the rental housing market in Ulster County. The survey provides information on vacancy rates and costs as reported by property owners. This information is used to track changes and trends and to provide guidance on affordability and demand. Three categories of housing units are included: Non-Subsidized Housing, Advertised Rental Housing and Subsidized Housing.