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The Great Barrington, Massachusetts nonprofit Construct works on the front lines of Berkshire County’s housing crisis to help hundreds of families looking for stable housing, assistance with fuel and utility bills, and other support. Executive Director Jane Ralph spoke with WAMC before Construct’s “Warm Up the Winter Call to Action for Emergency Assistance” fundraiser on February 6th. Ralph discussed how COVID-19 has impacted housing in the region, how racial disparities emerge within housing needs, and how the nonprofit distributes funding.

A controversial concept to develop a riverfront parcel in Troy is continuing to receive criticism from the community. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, the city planning board is seeking more information from the developer.

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In New York, the City of Newburgh is seeking proposals from nonprofits to start a program to prevent homelessness stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brad Gordon is the Executive Director and staff attorney for the Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority. In 2019, he described the region’s housing situation as in crisis. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on the economy, Gordon says the situation could only intensity. He spoke with WAMC.

Ulster County Exec Unveils Housing Initiatives

May 19, 2020
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivers COVID-19 update May 19, 2020
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The Ulster County executive delivered a COVID-19 update Tuesday, announcing a series of initiatives to meet a growing need heightened by the pandemic — housing.

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After decades of waiting, construction is underway on a new affordable housing project in downtown Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

A man and a woman stand in front of a white house with black shutters
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As the use of short-term rentals like Airbnb grows in Berkshire County, so are efforts to regulate their use around the region.

The Barrett Village townhomes
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Officials and investors cut the ribbon on a new housing development in one of Schenectady’s oldest neighborhoods.

From left to right: the Albany Business Review's Mike Demasi, Peter Hoffman, Sonny Bonacio, Dawn Davidson, and Mark Levack
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A forum this morning explored development in Glens Falls. The small city in Warren County has seen a surge of new construction in the last few years.

A render of the planned Mercy House facility at Bethesda Episcopal Church
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A non-profit organization in Saratoga Springs that is planning to offer temporary housing to people in need has a vision to provide shelter to backstretch workers.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will sign the rent law reforms agreed to by the Democratic-led state legislature.

Pattern Housing Official Talks HV Real Estate Trends

May 10, 2019

Ten years after a major stock market crash, the real estate market is coming back with rising prices and low interest rates. That’s according to the housing arm of a Hudson Valley nonprofit, which points to a number of trends in the regional housing market to watch in 2019.

Founded in 1983, Joseph’s House and Shelter, Inc. is a Troy community-based, not for profit corporation that provides a continuum of homeless services to residents of Rensselaer County, New York. Joseph’s House offers emergency shelter, street outreach, and support services to homeless and formerly homeless individuals, youth, and families.

They offer non-judgmental services where each guest’s dignity and worth are recognized and respected.

We are joined by Executive Director of Joseph’s House Kevin O’Connor.

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Upstate New York is getting over $67 million in federal funding for public housing.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

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This week we focus on the St. Paul’s Center in Rensselaer. They have provided shelter and support services for over 11 years to more than 2,300 mothers and children who are without a place to call home. Over the last three years, they have expanded services to include rapid rehousing and scattered site permanent supportive housing, allowing them to serve even more families in more impactful ways. Tracy Picher is the executive director.

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A Rochester developer is seeking an $8 million tax break for its plan to rehabilitate dozens of blighted homes in Albany’s Arbor Hill neighborhood.

Liberals worldwide invoke Scandinavia as a promised land of equality, while most conservatives fear it as a hotbed of liberty-threatening socialism. But the left and right can usually agree on one thing: that the Nordic system is impossible to replicate elsewhere.  
 
In Viking Economics, George Lakey dispels these myths. He explores the inner-workings of the Nordic economies that boast the world’s happiest, most productive workers, and explains how, if we can enact some of the changes the Scandinavians fought for surprisingly recently, we, too, can embrace equality in our economic policy.

  For decades, conversations about poverty have focused on jobs, public assistance, parenting, and mass incarceration. After years of intense fieldwork and study, Harvard sociologist and 2015 MacArthur “Genius” grant winner Matthew Desmond has come to believe that something fundamental is missing from that picture: how deeply housing is implicated in the creation of poverty.

Desmond says, “Not everyone living in a distressed neighborhood is associated with gang members, parole officers, employers, social workers, or pastors, but nearly all of them have a landlord.” The result of his research is the new book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

Last week, the group Sustainable Saratoga introduced a zoning amendment that would require new apartment developments to dedicate at least 20 percent of housing stock to “affordable” units.

This is a picture of an "Apartment For Rent" sign
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Saratoga Springs has become a hotbed for development. Much of downtown’s development in recent years has been in the form of new high-end apartments and condos. One recent headline showed a condo in the heart of the city for sale for $5.5 million.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched his so-called Fair Housing Enforcement Program to root out racial and sexual discrimination in the housing market.

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A new study aims to take a closer look at the causes of housing instability and insecurity in Schenectady, where some neighborhoods suffer persistent poverty.

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The Burlington City Council has unanimously approved a Housing Action Plan that includes 22 initiatives to create new housing and reduce costs in Vermont’s largest city.

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With Vermont homebuyers paying higher closing costs than the national average, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency is launching a new down payment assistance program this week.

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Several Capital Region mayors gathered in Schenectady Thursday to discuss the housing sector challenges facing their cities.

The mayors’ roundtable was part of the day-long summit “Strengthening Cities, Communities & Homes.” Participants took part in discussions and heard from experts including leaders from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Officials in the Capital Region blame the sputtering housing market on the polar vortex and unusually cold winter.

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Authorities in Springfield, Massachusetts announced Monday they will begin enforcing anti-foreclosure regulations that survived a federal court challenge.  An activist who had lobbied for passage of the new requirements more than two years ago lamented the slow pace of implementation.

Hudson Valley Housing Report Shows New Trend

Sep 18, 2013
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A Hudson Valley nonprofit organization has released a report on housing in the region. The findings point to a major change when it comes to home ownership. The report points to a revision of the American Dream.

The top federal law enforcement official in Massachusetts highlighted efforts to enforce civil rights laws during a speech in Springfield on Friday. The U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, Carmen Ortiz, was the keynote speaker at a conference marking the 45th anniversary of the passage of the Federal Fair Housing Act.

Efforts by residents of a low- income housing cooperative in Springfield, Massachusetts to recover  from the June 2011 tornado have been dealt another setback.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development , which funded the  90- unit complex nearly 40 years ago, is weighing foreclosure.

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