City Receives Grant to Combat Displacement of Low-Income Residents
The City of Hudson has been awarded a New York State Anti-displacement Learning Network grant, by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) in partnership with the New York State Attorney General. Hudson was one of ten cities awarded the grant across New York State. The awarded applicants demonstrated an understanding of local causes of displacement, a history of collaborating, and a commitment to preserving and stabilizing neighborhoods facing high rates of displacement.
“This grant is an important step in addressing our housing crisis. I look forward to partnering with community leaders from Hudson and around New York State to create solutions.” -Mayor Kamal Johnson
The Hudson grant application was led by Council Member Rebecca Wolff. County Supervisor and Mayoral Aide Michael Chameides also worked on the application. Dan Kent from the Galvan Foundation provided technical support. The Anti-Displacement Project team also includes Council Member Calvin Lewis, service provider Serria McGriff, and Mayor Kamal Johnson. Several community organizations contributed to the application and expressed interest in collaborating on the project.
“Hudson’s low- and middle-income residents are being displaced in the current inflated housing market,” says Wolff. “This is a crisis of community that is negatively affecting the character and health of our city. The anti-displacement grant comes with a mandate to bring together elected officials, agencies, and impacted residents to identify and implement meaningful solutions to address the crisis.”
“Residents and local leaders have the greatest understanding of how displacement and related issues impact their neighborhoods,” said Judi Kende, vice president and New York market leader, Enterprise Community Partners. “We are happy to work with the Attorney General’s office to provide communities with the resources they need to create and implement thoughtfully designed strategies so that residents can remain in their neighborhoods.”
In the first phase of the grant, the Anti-Displacement Project Enterprise will receive peer learning opportunities. During the second phase, grantees will work collaboratively with local stakeholders in affected neighborhoods to identify a high-impact anti-displacement strategy targeting the most vulnerable population(s)—particularly in low-income communities, communities of color, and renters—with the ultimate goal that successful outcomes will allow residents to remain in their homes and foster community stabilization. The program culminates in an additional grant application of up to $1 million to implement a strategy that will have a significant positive impact.
“When longtime residents are squeezed out of their homes where they have built their lives, their whole community and family suffers.”-NYS Attorney General Letitia James.