It was announced this morning on the City of Hudson website that the City and Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA) will receive a $1 million grant to implement "strategies to address displacement of communities of color." The grant was awarded by Enterprise Community Partners, in collaboration with the New York State Attorney General. The effort to secure the grant was led by aldermen Rebecca Wolff (First Ward) and Calvin Lewis (Third Ward); Mayor Kamal Johnson; mayoral aide Michael Chameides; Serria McGriff, Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood service provider; Luisa Thillet, Columbia County Sanctuary Movement organizer; and Dan Kent of the Galvan Foundation.
According to the announcement on the City of Hudson website:
The grant will fund a new partnership with St. Catherine's Center for Children, with collaboration from the Columbia County Department of Social Services, to provide emergency funds and opt-in case management to Hudson residents at immediate risk of displacement. Many at risk of displacement can't access emergency funds because of existing eligibility requirements. Often, living in market-rate housing or paying above 30% of one's income for housing creates ineligibility for housing assistance programs. This new program will supply emergency funds for renters who wouldn't otherwise qualify. At the same time, it will provide gap funding where in some cases it will make someone eligible, thereby unlocking and leveraging additional state and federal funds.
The grant will also fund a collaboration with Pattern for Progress on the creation of Hudson's Affordable Housing Development Plan. The plan will review developable properties, funding opportunities, and development feasibility in order to create a document that recommends the operations, timeline, and partnerships for developing affordable housing.
The grant will also fund a new staff position to expand outreach to people of color at risk of displacement, increase coordination between organizations that provide housing services, carry out the goals of Hudson's Strategic Housing Action Plan (SHAP), and advance the grant projects. The SHAP identified creating a housing-focused staff position as a top priority action.
The bulk of the grant is reserved to seed a Housing Trust Fund for future anti-displacement projects. The Housing Trust Fund will be created this year and will include spending criteria, governance structure, and strategic planning.
The entire announcement can be read here.