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The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.

     

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    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    Kingston News

    3/5/2021 - City of Kingston Issues RFP for Tiny Homes Community

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 5, 2021

     

    City of Kingston Issues RFP for Tiny Homes Community

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston has issued a Request for Proposals for the creation and maintenance of a tiny homes community, which would house up to 30 homeless or low-income individuals in 15 units within the first year of inception. 

    In the RFP, the City of Kingston is seeking a qualified consultant or organization that specializes in providing shelter and support services for the homeless to establish an emergency tiny homes community in the City of Kingston. The purpose of the project is to provide safe, non-congregate housing for homeless residents, and/or those at risk of homelessness, while preventing their displacement from the community. 

    The selected consultant will oversee the development and management of the project with the long-term goal of creating a permanent tiny homes community under the umbrella of an existing non-profit organization or as a new independent non-profit. The concept is modeled after the Second Wind community in Newfield, NY.

    The proposed tiny homes community would also offer on-site case management services, security, and site maintenance/sanitation. Toilet and shower facilities would be in a shared common building. Rental rates, if charged, will be in line with affordability based on the Department of Social Services housing allowance.

    In late 2019, Enterprise Community Partners, a national non-profit whose mission is to address America’s affordable housing crisis, selected the City of Kingston and nine other New York State municipalities for participation in a 10-month Anti-Displacement Learning Network (ADLN) program. Each municipality was asked to create an ADLN Volunteer Team to examine existing conditions, structures, and programs in their communities. The team were also charged with identifying one or more new strategies that could be implemented to prevent displacement of residents at risk of eviction and/or homelessness. 

    Throughout 2020, the ADLN Volunteer Team convened regularly with Enterprise staff, housing experts, and the other teams from across the State for a series of workshops designed to guide strategy identification. Among the strategies that members of the volunteer team have pinpointed is the creation of a tiny homes community that will provide safe, emergency housing and support services. 

    “This is an exciting opportunity for the City of Kingston to try an out-of-the box concept to help our most vulnerable population,” said Mayor Noble. “We are grateful for the funding from Enterprise to help us identify and work towards a unique solution for our community. We are excited to see the applicants we receive to help us realize this ambitious goal.”

    The RFP can be found on the New York State Contract Reporter at www.nyscr.ny.gov or via email. Questions regarding the RFP should be sent to Ruth Ann Devitt-Frank, Grants Manager, rfrank@kingston-ny.gov or 845-334-3961. Proposals are due at City Hall no later than Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:00pm. 

    More information about this and other anti-displacement strategies can be found at EngageKingston.com.