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City of Hudson Releases Affordable Housing Development Plan

Plan Identifies Potential Sites for New Affordable Housing

Many long-term residents in Hudson have been displaced, and there’s risk of further displacement due to rising housing prices and limited inventory of housing units. The new Affordable Housing Development Plan (AHDP) by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress addresses this lack of housing by identifying potential sites for affordable housing development.

This plan was commissioned by the City of Hudson Mayor’s Office with support from the Hudson Housing Authority, Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency, and Spark of Hudson.

“While Hudson has been dealing with displacement issues for decades, the housing situation here has changed drastically in the last few years,” said Mayor Kamal Johnson. “This plan could not have been released at a more critical time in this city’s history. The AHDP represents a deeply important piece of the puzzle toward finding a solution to the housing instability so many of our residents face.”

The City’s 2018 Strategic Housing Action Plan set a list of goals to increase housing security in Hudson. Goal #3 was the “Production of New Housing Options.” The ADHP advances this goal by analyzing current housing needs and identifying sites for new development.

“Pattern for Progress was pleased to work with the City of Hudson to create the Affordable Housing Development Plan,” said Joe Czajka, Senior Vice President for Research, Development, and Community Planning at Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress. “We researched demographics, trends, best practices and interviewed stakeholders to create this plan, which provides a roadmap and vision for potential development sites, and supportive policy and planning tools to advance affordable housing in the City.”

Over eighty sites were analyzed as potential sites for development. Forty-four variables such as ownership, land use, environmental factors, proximity to assets, and development potential were used to select a “Short-List” of the best sites for development.

Four sites were selected as potential sites for multifamily rental construction, and six sites were selected as ideal for potential homeownership development. These sites are only potential places that would be well-suited for housing should factors such as owner interest, market demand, and housing subsidies align. The plan provides possible timelines and funding sources to implement these developments, as well as planning and policy recommendations to offset high housing costs, such as the creation of a Community Land Trust and updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

Key findings in the plan illustrate the critical need for new housing: the waitlist for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers in Hudson currently has 245 households. Many residents who do have housing also suffer housing insecurity due to high rents: almost one-thousand households in Hudson are cost-burdened, paying more than thirty percent of their income to housing. New development affordable to residents making below the Area Median Income would increase housing stability and mitigate displacement.

"We define ourselves by how we treat each other. Some greedy people seek to divide us and try to make us fear each other. However, we all benefit when Hudson's working families have affordable, safe, and stable housing,” says Michael Chameides, Third Ward Supervisor. “Hudson's Affordable Housing Development Plan is essential to improving our community's health and well-being while growing the local economy. We make Hudson's future, and let's ensure this is a place we all can continue to call home."

Mayor Johnson and Housing Justice Director Michelle Tullo will hold a Virtual Town Hall, on Tuesday, November 23 at 6 pm to discuss the plan with the public. The Zoom link for this Town Hall is available on the City’s online calendar. The full text of the Affordable Housing Development Plan can be viewed on the City of Hudson website here.