The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

Think Dutchess Success Story- The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

Since 2008, Hudson River Housing has been a cornerstone of community building. Starting with the Middle Main Initiative, this nonprofit sought to improve the lives of City of Poughkeepsie residents and the community as a whole. In 2012, the opportunity to create a tangible expression of hope came in the form of the National Historic Site, The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory.

Vintage sign from the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory- Think DutchessWith a lofty goal to revitalize the middle main corridor in Poughkeepsie, Hudson River Housing leveraged existing community relationships and resources to redevelop The Underwear Factory into a mixed-use facility for housing, retail and community programs. Today, the building is a community hub which provides education, entertainment, jobs and training programs that are enriching the neighborhood while strengthening the local economy.

Community art piece outside of the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory main entrance Think Dutchess 2017 Nonprofit of the Year- The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

A creative hub and breeding ground for new business, The Underwear Factory houses The Art Effect, flex studio space operated by Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, 15 loft apartments, the Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen- Poughkeepsie’s first community, commercial kitchen, and two local start-ups, North River Roasters and 2019 Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalist Earth, Wind and Fuego. Additionally, more than a dozen food entrepreneurs are now closer to launching start-ups of their own thanks to the ability of the organization to connect all of its arms to create opportunity at the local level.

Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory Arch


The 2017 Think Dutchess Non-Profit of the Year award winner at the Business Excellence Awards has helped spark the energy bubbling over in this city on the go.  Attracting business, talent, entrepreneurs and building community spirit, Hudson River Housing and The Underwear Factory continue to propel development in our region.


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