Office of the Ulster County Comptroller

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Kingston, New York 12402
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Press Release and Letter on Comptroller's Recommendations to the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency

Kingston, NY (October 14, 2021) – Ulster County Comptroller March Gallagher, former Board Chair of the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency (UCIDA), issued recommendations to the Agency to facilitate housing development and build community trust. “Ulster County is experiencing a housing crisis,” said Ulster County Comptroller March Gallagher. “Median home sale prices increased 41% between 2016 and 2020. Much of our rental stock is now being rented as Airbnbs. The sharp housing price increases in Ulster County have put housing out of reach for regular working families.

Press Release on 2021 Ulster County Emergency Housing Snapshot

Kingston, NY (October 12, 2021) –Ulster County Comptroller March Gallagher today released an Emergency Housing Snapshot documenting aspects of emergency shelter in Ulster County. Ulster County provides emergency shelter for individuals and families through emergency shelters operated by Family of Woodstock and a network of 15 Ulster County motels that accept emergency shelter placements from the Ulster County Department of Social Services.

Recent Reports

2021 Ulster County Emergency Housing Snapshot

According to the 2020-2021 Homelessness Point-in-Time Count conducted on January 29, 2021, in Ulster County there were 331 persons living in emergency shelters and 52 unsheltered persons. Of the 331 sheltered individuals, 115 of them were children and 216 were adults. The Point-in-Time Count refers to a sheltered and unsheltered count of homeless persons. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night.

Comptroller's Memo on Accounting Methods for the American Rescue Plan Act

As the Chief Audit Officer of the County, the Comptroller’s Office has the responsibility to prescribe generally accepted government accounting methods for the County. See Ulster County Charter §C-57(C). This memorandum seeks to address the accounting of ARPA funds as it relates to appropriate reporting and recognition not the policy implications of the proposed uses.