KINGSTON – The region continues to face a shortage of affordable housing and the pandemic has heightened the problem.
As a result, Kingston Mayor Steven Noble has issued an executive order requiring developers to include affordable units in their projects.
“More and more people are moving upstate and want to live in a community like Kingston and we, unfortunately, do not have the type of legislation on the books to be able to help protect our housing stock, so we announced through executive action we are going to be putting a 10 percent affordable housing requirement on all new construction of five units or more,” he said.
Noble said he would hope the common council will follow by enacting that requirement into law.
Is executive order applies to housing in Kingston with affordable defined as 80 percent Area Median Income based on current Ulster County statistics with adjustments for family size.