What is the Ulster County Housing Smart Communities Initiative?

The Ulster County Housing Smart Communities Initiative (Housing Smart Communities) is a certification and capacity-building program that supports communities in meeting their housing needs. The program provides guidance, technical support, and incentives for local municipalities working to address their housing and affordability challenges.

Ulster County communities choosing to participate in the program will begin a certification process to become a Housing Smart Community and be awarded a certification level (e.g., Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum) based on the number of Housing Smart Actions taken by the municipality. In turn, municipalities will receive support services and incentives from the Ulster County Planning Department to develop and adopt housing-related policies that address the community’s housing affordability challenges.

This program is one of five strategies included in the Ulster County Housing Action Plan which was adopted in 2021.

Upcoming Webinars!

Join us to learn more about the program.

We will be hosting two webinars in October (see links below) to provide an overview of Housing Smart Communities and help catalyze participation in the program among Ulster County communities.

The meetings will include an overview of the program, a brief tour of the program website, and an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the program. NOTE: Both webinars will be covering the same topics.

Housing Smart Communities Webinar #1 – Monday, October 3rd 6 PM: Zoom Link

Housing Smart Communities Webinar #2 – Monday, October 17th 6 PM: Zoom Link

Join us!

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Why Get Certified

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Ulster County Municipalities Certification Levels

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New Paltz Village of New Paltz Saugerties Saugerties Village Woodstock Shandaken Hardenburgh Denning Olive Hurley Kingston Ulster City of Kingston Esopus Rosendale Marbletown Rochester Wawarsing Village of Ellenville Gardiner Lloyd Marlborough Plattekill Shawangunk

Ulster County Municipalities Certification Levels

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