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Fourth of Seven Hearings to be Held on April 8 at 6:30pm

KINGSTON, NY — Majority Leader Reynolds Scott-Childress announces a series of Housing Hearings to take place over seven sessions at City Hall in Council Chambers. The meetings will serve to inform the Common Council of the community’s housing needs and issues so the Council can consider for policy change or resolution.

February 28   Open forum: Council to introduce housing hearing concept, ask for community input, at 6:00pm

March 6          Homeowners, at 6:30pm

March 11        Tenants, at 6:30pm

April 8            Landlords, at 6:30pm

April 29          Developers, at 6:30pm

May 1             Homeless and housing insecure, at 6:30pm

May 29           Policy advocates, at 6:30pm

The first meeting of the series will be a forum, during which the floor will be open for all residents to speak about housing issues. The subsequent hearings will each address different stakeholders, and the Council will invite speakers to give testimony and represent their interests.  Residents who would like to provide insight in one of the six areas by giving testimony, should contact their Alderman or the Majority Leader. The goal of these hearings is to have all groups and interests fairly represented.

“There are as many varied housing needs in Kingston as there are residents.  We recognize that different constituencies have different concerns,” said Reynolds Scott-Childress, (W-3). “The Common Council seeks to develop policy that addresses real problems through integrated solutions.  We hope to build on innovative approaches to provide decent affordable housing for all our residents.” 

The Housing Hearings fall in line with the Mayor’s 2019 agenda for tackling housing solutions. “I want to thank Majority Leader Scott-Childress for his leadership in advancing our shared housing agenda,” said Mayor Steve Noble. “I look forward to working with the Common Council to ensure that our City’s practices and policies are improving housing opportunities for all residents.”

The February 28 hearing will also inform the development of the City’s Fair Housing Plan. Public comment regarding programs and services that are needed to support Kingston residents, including whether citizens are experiencing difficulties in finding decent, safe and affordable housing will be taken into account.

The Common Council further invites all residents to provide stories, solutions, and expertise beyond the open forum. Please address comments to City Hall, 420 Broadway, Kingston NY 12401 or ward3@kingston-ny.gov.

Additional information about the meetings and speakers will be posted at https://kingston-ny.gov/.