What We Do
Pattern for Progress has become established as the prime source for regional information and trends in housing in the Hudson Valley. This has become increasingly important as more and more people find it difficult to pay the costs of living here with housing as a main cause for that high cost. Housing became an even bigger part of our identity when Pattern established the Center for Housing Solutions. The Center for Housing Solutions and Urban Initiatives was founded in September 2012. The Center has assisted housing agencies, developers, builders, Realtors, municipalities and advocates for affordable housing.
The Center’s Newsletter Spring 2017
As the 2016 real estate market came to a close, we see signs of an improving market as interest rates remain at historic lows. Recent trends show a tighter inventory, which may cause prices to rise in 2017. The lower Hudson Valley is showing strength in the two- to four-family market. The number of closed sales has increased in all counties and the percentage of list price received has also improved. Overall, there are positive signs for 2017
Pattern’s latest event in housing
The face of the Hudson Valley is changing due to population shifts, growth and residents’ needs. Many view those improvements as an important evolution. But others are finding themselves left behind — and wondering how they fit into communities once very familiar, but now different.
That issue, gentrification, has been a longstanding focus of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress. Its latest effort to provide a framework for the road ahead was a forum, “Gentrification: Finding a Balance,” Dec. 15 at the Lewis Tompkins Hose Firehouse in Beacon. An in-depth report now available from Pattern’s Center for Housing Solutions and Urban Initiatives tackles the issue, suggesting solutions and more.
Keynote speaker Ruben Diaz Jr., borough president of the Bronx, provided a roadmap regarding how his community has rocketed forward via “planning with a purpose” and always keeping residents and their needs and opportunities top of mind.
The result: A community that’s now safer than many of America’s major cities, including Philadelphia, Dallas and Boston. A community with an unemployment rate that’s been halved. A community where private investment is powering new housing, businesses and more. A community where tourism is surging. And a community where residents can still be part of the emerging landscape.
A panel discussion brought the issues home to the Hudson Valley. Beacon Mayor Randy Casale, developer Ken Kearney of Kearney Realty & Development, Dutchess County Planning Department expert Anne Saylor, and moderator Greg Maher of Leviticus 25:23 Alternative Fund, Inc., explained approaches, successes and opportunity.
The forum was held to assist elected officials see how to achieve balance in growth. It also attracted municipal planners, housing officials and community groups considering strategies to stake out the future. The program was sponsored by Orange & Rockland Utilities, the Community Preservation Corp. and Holt Construction.
Read Pattern’s Housing Reports by clicking on the report.