About this Event
In recent months, there has been a lot of reporting—in our pages and elsewhere—and several events about the affordable housing crisis in the Hudson Valley. That problem, which predates the pandemic but has been exacerbated by it, is well-described and understood. More vexing is how to address it.
What are the most interesting ideas people have right now about housing? This conversation will cover that topic, including: legislative and policy fixes, solutions from the nonprofit sector, progressive economic development initiatives, and more. Our panelists will present what they’re working on, and there will be room for a lengthy audience Q&A at the end.
Moderated by Phillip Pantuso, managing editor of The River Newsroom, and Joe Czajka, senior vice president, Pattern for Progress.
Panelists for this discussion include:
Christa Hines, executive director, Hudson River Housing
Richard Heppner, Woodstock town board member, chair of short-term rental committee
Neil Bettez, New Paltz town supervisor
Revonda Smith, board chair, Hudson Housing Authority
John Cappello, Jacobowitz & Gubits
Guy Kempe, VP, community development, RUPCO
Jennifer Welles, executive director, Newburgh Community Land Bank
Anthony Tampone, Kingston Code Reform Advocates
Rashida Tyler, Real Kingston Tenants Union, Ulster County Coalition for Housing Justice, and Ulster County Housing Advisory Committee