Anti-Displacement Strategies

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Every citizen has the right to a safe, quality home, but rising costs here in Kingston and across the country continue to threaten that right. As a result, many of our low-income residents face homelessness and displacement from the City.

In late 2019, Enterprise Community Partners — a national non-profit whose mission is to address America’s affordable housing crisis — selected the City of Kingston and nine other New York State municipalities for participation in a 10-month Anti-Displacement Learning Network (ADLN) program. Each municipality was asked to create an ADLN Volunteer Team to examine existing conditions, structures, and programs in their communities. They were also charged with identifying one or more new strategies that could be implemented to prevent displacement of residents at risk of eviction and/or homelessness.

Throughout 2020, the City’s team convened regularly with Enterprise staff, housing experts, and the other teams from across the State for a series of workshops designed to guide strategy identification. The strategies that the City of Kingston pinpointed are outlined below. In the coming months, our ADLN Team will continue to develop these concepts, resolve any potential problems, and begin to implement them.

Our strategies are:

◦ Creation of a Tiny Homes Community to provide safe, emergency non-congregate housing and support services for up to 30 Kingston residents who are at risk of becoming, or are already, homeless. Rental rates, if charged, would be in line with affordability based on the Department of Social Services housing allowance. Ultimately, tenants would transition out of the tiny homes into permanent homes.

◦ Establish a Landlord Incentive Program to provide owners facing foreclosure or mortgage distress with a subsidy to rent unused space in their homes at affordable rates for low-income tenants;

◦ Develop anti-displacement goals to be included in our future city-wide rezoning plan;

◦ Develop an Affordable Housing Trust Fund to reduce upfront costs for low-income residents who would like to take advantage of existing programs including the Kingston Land Bank's and RUPCO's First-Time Homebuyers Program initiatives.

We're just at the beginning of this important phase in our anti-displacement work and will continue to add information here on EngageKingston as plans come together. Until then, if you have any questions or comments while we're working out all of the details, feel free to add them below!

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Every citizen has the right to a safe, quality home, but rising costs here in Kingston and across the country continue to threaten that right. As a result, many of our low-income residents face homelessness and displacement from the City.

In late 2019, Enterprise Community Partners — a national non-profit whose mission is to address America’s affordable housing crisis — selected the City of Kingston and nine other New York State municipalities for participation in a 10-month Anti-Displacement Learning Network (ADLN) program. Each municipality was asked to create an ADLN Volunteer Team to examine existing conditions, structures, and programs in their communities. They were also charged with identifying one or more new strategies that could be implemented to prevent displacement of residents at risk of eviction and/or homelessness.

Throughout 2020, the City’s team convened regularly with Enterprise staff, housing experts, and the other teams from across the State for a series of workshops designed to guide strategy identification. The strategies that the City of Kingston pinpointed are outlined below. In the coming months, our ADLN Team will continue to develop these concepts, resolve any potential problems, and begin to implement them.

Our strategies are:

◦ Creation of a Tiny Homes Community to provide safe, emergency non-congregate housing and support services for up to 30 Kingston residents who are at risk of becoming, or are already, homeless. Rental rates, if charged, would be in line with affordability based on the Department of Social Services housing allowance. Ultimately, tenants would transition out of the tiny homes into permanent homes.

◦ Establish a Landlord Incentive Program to provide owners facing foreclosure or mortgage distress with a subsidy to rent unused space in their homes at affordable rates for low-income tenants;

◦ Develop anti-displacement goals to be included in our future city-wide rezoning plan;

◦ Develop an Affordable Housing Trust Fund to reduce upfront costs for low-income residents who would like to take advantage of existing programs including the Kingston Land Bank's and RUPCO's First-Time Homebuyers Program initiatives.

We're just at the beginning of this important phase in our anti-displacement work and will continue to add information here on EngageKingston as plans come together. Until then, if you have any questions or comments while we're working out all of the details, feel free to add them below!

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