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Dutchess County Eviction Prevention Line  

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. 

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

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

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.

Emergency Housing Service

As a condition of eligibility for Temporary Housing Assistance, individuals and families must comply with the following requirements:

  1. Apply for or receive Temporary Housing Assistance, and comply with all applicable temporary assistance requirements, such as participating in employment and training programs, applying for supplemental security income benefits and participating in rehabilitative services.
  2. Use any benefits or resources that will reduce or eliminate the need for Temporary Housing Assistance
  3. Cooperate in the completion of an assessment conducted by the department.
  4. Develop an Independent Living Plan which outlines the responsibilities of both the client and the department.
  5. Comply with the rules and regulations of the temporary housing facility and not commit any acts that endanger the safety of self or others in the facility.      
  6. Actively search for permanent housing and cannot unreasonably refuse or fail to accept any appropriate housing offered by the department.

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Temporary Housing Resources

Housing Resources in Dutchess County include: 

Homelessness Prevention

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.