Housing Rights and Resources
Learn about resources to help you stay in your home.
October 1, 2020
New York Eviction Moratorium
The NYS eviction moratorium has been extended through January 1, 2021, allowing thousands of renters at acute risk of eviction to breathe a momentary sigh of relief.
No existing or new residential eviction warrants can be executed until October at the earliest. All new eviction cases brought by landlords after March 17 continue to be suspended.
Trials for eviction cases filed before March 17 can begin to move forward. Eviction of residential tenants filed before March 17 must be conferenced before a judge. For those cases filed before March 17, the court can’t issue a warrant of eviction earlier than January 1, 2021.
Financial hardship due to Covid that prevents a tenant from paying rent or back rent is a legal defense to being evicted. The tenant can bring this issue to the judge during an eviction proceeding and ask for eviction proceedings to be halted or delayed.
US Eviction Moratorium
The US Eviction Moratorium could allow renters to avoid eviction through December 31, 2020. Tenants must declare their inability to pay using a form.
To be eligible you must:
“best efforts” to obtain government rental assistance
earn less than $99,000 in 2020 (or $198,000 if you’re married and filing a joint tax return), or received a stimulus check, or were not required to report income in 2019
Be experiencing a “substantial” loss of household income, a layoff, or “extraordinary” out-of-pocket medical expenses
Making your best efforts to make “timely” partial payments
Eviction would “likely” lead to either homelessness, or having to move to a more expensive place, or where you could get sick from being close to others
The US Moratorium does not protect tenants from:
- being evicted for reasons “other than nonpayment of rent”
- being charged “fees, penalties, or interest as a result of the failure to pay rent or other housing payment on a timely basis.”
- Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York provides free legal services to low-income people: 833-628-0087.
- Columbia County Fair Housing office offers free advice for housing discrimination and tenant’s rights: 518-828-0342.
- Columbia County Office of the Aging provides free legal services to seniors: 518-828-4258.
- Department of Social Services (DSS)
DSS provides support for back rent, threat of eviction, and/or security deposits. Recipients of Temporary Assistance contact your Temporary Assistance worker by phone or in-person. If you are not receiving Temporary Assistance and have an emergency need, apply for Emergency Assistance at DSS.
518-828-9411 or 25 Railroad Avenue, Hudson NY
- Community Action of Greene County (CAGC)
CAGC provides rental assistance and backrent: 518-943-9205
- Galvan Housing Resources
Galvan Housing Resources provides free foreclosure prevention services and housing counseling: 518-822-0707 x15 or email@example.com
- St Catherine's
Backrent, rapid re-housing, moving costs, and cleaning supplies: 518-337-7021 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Neighbor to Neighbor Grants
Apply for emergency assistance help with overdue utilities, medical bills, short-term housing costs, and transportation problems. Contact Columbia Opportunities at 518-828-4611 or Catholic Charities at 518-828-8660.
- Columbia County Department of Health Healthy Neighborhoods Program
Safety inspection, referrals, and free products
- Columbia Opportunities
Weatherization Assistance Program
- Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
Office of the Aging - 518-828-4258
Department of Social Services - 518-828-9411
There are several affordable housing providers in Columbia County that offer below-market housing.
- Crosswinds At Hudson
- Highpointe at Chatham Senior Apts
- Hudson Homesteads
- Richardson Hall
- Philmont Terrace
- Valatie Woods
- Chatham Manor
- Schuyler Court Apartments
- Dawnwood Apartments
- John Funk Village
- Paul Raihofer Senior Village
- Palatine Manor
- Greenport Manor
- Hudson Terrace Apartments
- Providence Hall
- Bliss Towers
- Columbia Apartments Family Hudson
- Habitat for Humanity
- Mental Health - Greenport Gardens
- Galvan Foundation