In July, the mayor's office issued an RFP (request for proposals) for a consultant to create an Affordable Housing Development Plan for Hudson. Responses to the RFP were due on August 3. Last night, at the Common Council Housing and Transportation Committee meeting, it was agreed to forward to the full Council a resolution to hire Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress to develop the plan.
Joe Czajka, Senior VP for Research, Development and Community Planning and Executive Director for the Center for Housing Solutions & Community Initiatives with Pattern for Progress, chaired the task force that created Hudson's Strategic Housing Action Plan.
Mayor's aide Michael Chameides, who presented the resolution last night, told the committee that four responses to the RFP had been received, some proposing a cost of as much as $200,000. Pattern for Progress is only asking for $30,000. As has already been reported, it is hoped that agencies involved in creating and maintaining affordable or subsidized housing in Hudson will contribute $5,000 each toward the consultant's fee. The agencies that have been mentioned in the past are HCDPA (Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency), Hudson Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity, and the Galvan Foundation. That makes $20,000.
Chameides explained that the desired outcome was the identification of five sites practicable and desirable for residential development and the creation of a specific plan for each site.
The resolution to enter into a contract with Pattern for Progress will be introduced at the Council's informal meeting on Tuesday, October 13.
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