Dutchess County residents needing information about resources to help them avert eviction can call 211, or alternatively, 1-800-899-1479; choose to continue in English or Spanish; and press 7 to select the Dutchess Eviction Prevention Line. Specially trained 211 staff will ask tenants a series of questions and then provide them a customized list of programs which currently have funding and for which the tenant appears eligible based on the information provided; staff will also refer tenants to Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, as appropriate. There is an online tool, with which residents can submit answers to the questions and receive a contact back from 211 with their customized resources.
Applications are now being accepted for the federally-funded Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) which covers households with income up to 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). Applications for state-funded program for households with income between 80 and 120 percent AMI are also accepted through the ERAP application portal.
Landlords whose tenants have left their rental property or who are unwilling to apply for ERAP, can apply for the Landlord Rental Assistance Program (LRAP) on the LRAP portal.
Funding is available to provide legal services or attorney’s fees for tenants whose income is 80% or less of Area Median Income (AMI) facing eviction proceedings. For more information call: 877-574-8529.
As a condition of eligibility for Temporary Housing Assistance, individuals and families must comply with the following requirements:
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Housing Resources in Dutchess County include:
The primary goal of Homelessness Prevention is to provide the earliest intervention possible to prevent an individual or family from losing their housing or to assist them in obtaining new housing before entering the emergency shelter system. The department’s staff often act as an intermediary in resolving landlord/tenant disputes that may lead to eviction, putting forth every reasonable effort to preserve permanent housing. These efforts include, but are not limited to, the payment of rent arrears, guiding new applicants through the Temporary Assistance process, and, as a last resort, helping families locate new housing.