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Community Development

Through the creation of cost-appropriate, quality housing and community capacity building, Hudson River Housing has spearheaded several neighborhood revitalization initiatives in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Middle Main Initiative

In 2008, Hudson River Housing began leading the charge on a new initiative to focus our real estate development efforts on a targeted area of the city of Poughkeepsie - a neighborhood we would come to call Middle Main, a direct reference to its location in the heart of Poughkeepsie's Main Street. This initiative is designed to advocate for, support, and undertake efforts to improve conditions for residents in the Middle Main neighborhood, in order to create a more attractive, safer, and more inclusive community. Between late 2009 and this year, we have accomplished the following through the Middle Main initiative:

  • opened and staffed a resource center
  • created a social networking website
  • undertook 5 resident surveys
  • planted two trees
  • painted three murals
  • held twenty community meetings, three happy hours, two cleanup days, two block parties, and twelve other neighborhood events
  • designed, printed and distributed 1000 copies of A Guide to Middle Main
  • collaborated with City University of New York, Dutchess Community College, Marist College, Bard College, Columbia University, and Vassar College
  • hosted a Hudson Valley Main St. Summit
  • built 23 partnerships and logged over 2,500 volunteer hours

Join the Middle Main community at www.middlemain.com, and follow us on Facebook!

June 2014 Community Impact Report

 White Cherry Rose: Redevelopment of the Historic Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

Support the restoration of this historic building!

Hudson River Housing is proposing the development of a hub for local, sustainable living that links our urban city centers and the wealth of natural and cultural resources in the Hudson Valley. This will be a three-block, neighborhood-scale redevelopment project in the heart of the Middle Main neighborhood.
The hub will center on the former Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory. We are proposing the adaptive reuse of this historic building as upper story housing and a first floor community space that will focus on sustainable, local economic development.

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The project will connect with and support efforts being undertaken by other property owners and local organizations. Together, we will house, educate, and inspire our local community and its residents to celebrate, preserve and strengthen the neighborhood, and support sustainable, local living and jobs. We call this project “White Cherry Rose” for the three streets on which these projects will take place. When complete, White Cherry Rose will be a truly outstanding showcase of neighborhood partnership and innovation that will have a catalytic effect on Poughkeepsie’s downtown.

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Neighborhood Stabilization Program

In the wake of the foreclosure crisis, we are working to ensure that neighborhoods in the City of Poughkeepsie do not see a wave of vacancies or neglect that could diminish the progress that has been made to improve conditions in these areas. Our work to survey neighborhoods and return foreclosed properties to their viable use will help reduce the consequences of the foreclosure crisis in our area.

HRH has received $2.5 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding through the NYS Housing Finance Agency.  HRH will use the funding to purchase one- and two-family homes and multi-family properties that have been foreclosed and are currently vacant.  The properties have been renovated and either resold or maintained by HRH as affordable rental housing.  Homes and counseling services will be available through our NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center of Dutchess County


Anchor-Based Neighborhood Revitalization

In 2000, we launched its first dedicated community development initiative through ABNR I. We selected a two-square block area in the City of Poughkeepsie that was in desperate need of improvement, centered around our large scale historic renovation of Garden Street’s Queen Row. After undertaking a survey of conditions in the neighborhood, we began systematically acquiring and renovating vacant and blighted properties into quality, affordable housing. Through a decade of work, we have built or improved 19 homeowner units, 40 apartments, 12 emergency beds, and 4 commercial spaces in these two blocks alone.

City of Poughkeepsie Main Street Program

Through the City of Poughkeepsie Main Street Program, we are working with property owners towards the economic, cultural, and social recovery of Poughkeepsie’s Main Street corridor. Acting as the Local Program Administer of the New York Main Street Program we provide grants to property owners to undertake building and façade renovations that help restore and maintain the historic character of downtown Poughkeepsie’s Main Street and contribute to economic stabilization.

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Elizabeth Celaya

Director of Organizational Development
(845) 454-5176 - Office