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Hudson Pursues Affordable Housing Development Plan With Anti-Displacement Funds

Pattern for Progress hired to study developable properties, funding, and feasibility for stable, affordable housing 

The City of Hudson is partnering with Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress to create an Affordable Housing Development Plan (AHDP), a concrete pipeline of publicly and privately funded housing development projects. Building on the results of previous housing studies, Pattern for Progress will study developable properties, funding opportunities, and site feasibility, in order to create a plan for the operations, timeline, and partnerships necessary to develop affordable housing in Hudson. The Hudson Housing Authority and the Hudson Community Development & Planning Agency are funding partners for the plan.

Many Hudson residents cite challenges in finding affordable housing as a key driver of the displacement of Hudson’s historically Black neighborhoods and low- and moderate-income households. Multiple studies support this experience, including a 2012 City of Hudson study, the 2017 Housing Needs Assessment of Columbia County, and the 2018 Strategic Housing Action Plan. Community members on the frontline of displacement have been and will continue to be integral to the planning process. Impacted residents served on the Anti-Displacement Learning Network team, which secured funding for the AHDP. The learning network team also conducted interviews with residents at risk of displacement and with staff at organizations that provide housing services. Members of the team will serve on the AHDP advisory committee. The development planning process will also include public meetings with directly impacted communities.

“Too many of our residents are struggling with housing in Hudson,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “Creating an affordable housing development plan is an important step to meet Hudson’s housing needs.”

The project includes data collection, analysis, and evaluation of potential development sites. Pattern and the AHDP advisory committee will work in conjunction to prioritize sites for development. Then Pattern will create a development plan and the city will issue requests for proposals from developers. The anticipated completion date of the AHDP is November 2021. The long-term vision for implementing the plan aims to secure funding from the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal for new affordable housing developments.

“Pattern is looking forward to its continued involvement and working with the City of Hudson,” says Pattern Senior Vice President Joe Czajka. “Increasing the supply of a range of housing options is vital to the overall health of the City. Specifically, affordable housing is in short supply. On a countywide basis—the median price of a single family home has increased by 20% since February of 2020 to over $350,000, while the number of homes on the market has declined by 40%. These market dynamics are occurring throughout the Hudson Valley region and it is clearly having an impact on the residents of all communities.”

“We need to develop more affordable housing so we can help our neighbors stay in the community,” says Mayoral Aide and Columbia County Supervisor Michael Chameides. “This development plan is a key step to starting successful projects that meet a variety of needs.”

First Ward Alderperson Rebecca Wolff says: "The City of Hudson neglected to take crucial steps over the past several decades to prevent the housing affordability crisis we are now experiencing. This plan is essential in taking the steps that are left to us."

"The City of Hudson Strategic Housing Action Plan calls for the creation of a range of different housing options, including affordable, market rate, senior and supportive housing,” says Dan Kent of Galvan Foundation. “The Affordable Housing Development Plan creates a concrete plan for where, when, and how these various types of housing will be built. We applaud the City of Hudson in taking this urgent next step of bringing the Strategic Housing Action Plan to life."

Betsy Gramkow, co-chair and treasurer of HCDPA, noted that, “It is a pleasure to work with City officials, HHA and Pattern for Progress to start developing a strategic plan that addresses issues of housing security and affordability for the residents of Hudson. The ADLN grant award is a great first step.”

The cost of the planning process is $30,000, supported in part by anti-displacement grant recently awarded to the City of Hudson by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise), in partnership with the New York State Attorney General. Hudson was one of ten cities participating in the New York State Anti-Displacement Learning Network. Since the Network’s launch in January 2020, state officials, leaders, and nonprofit partners have worked collaboratively with local stakeholders to identify particular triggers of displacement in communities of color and design targeted approaches to address them. 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. Hudson will now implement these high-impact strategies locally with plans aiming to preserve community stabilization and allow residents to remain in their homes.  

The Hudson grant application was led by Council Members Rebecca Wolff and Calvin Lewis, Mayor Kamal Johnson, County Supervisor and Mayoral Aide Michael Chameides, Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood service provider Serria McGriff, Columbia County Sanctuary Movement Organizer Luisa Thillet, and Galvan Foundation Vice President of Initiatives Dan Kent.

In addition to the AHDP, the grant funds Hudson Roots, a new partnership with St. Catherine’s Center for Children to provide emergency rent-relief and optional case management to Hudson residents at immediate risk of displacement, but who might not otherwise qualify for assistance.

The grant will also fund a new staff position to manage the grant, expand outreach to people of color at risk of displacement, increase coordination between organizations that provide housing services, and carry out the goals of Hudson’s Strategic Housing Action Plan (SHAP). The SHAP identified creating a housing-focused staff position as a top priority action.  

The bulk of the grant is reserved to seed a Housing Trust Fund for future anti-displacement projects. The Housing Trust Fund will be created this year and will include spending criteria, governance structure, and strategic planning.

About Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress 

Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is a not-for-profit public policy, planning, advocacy, and research organization. The mission of the organization is to promote regional, balanced, and sustainable solutions that enhance the growth and vitality of the Hudson Valley. Pattern works to create regional solutions to quality-of-life issues by bringing together business, nonprofit, academic and government leaders from across nine counties to collaborate on regional approaches to affordable/workforce housing, municipal sharing and local government efficiency, land use policy, transportation and other infrastructure issues that most impact the growth and vitality of the regional economy.