Our Covid-19 Response

As the initial weeks of COVID-19 have turned into months, and an increasingly uncertain future, we remain committed to meeting the immediate needs of households facing housing insecurity, and developing strategies to ensure long-term housing affordability across our region. 

Our staff continues to work on the front lines providing essential services including emergency housing, food distribution, and care management. We have also increased our advocacy efforts; distributed over $80,000 in emergency relief to residents, small businesses, and artists; and continued steadfast in the development of affordable housing. 

At this time, all our sites and services are operational. At the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, the Cafe & Coffee House is closed as we expand our shared use kitchen incubator space to help small food entrepreneurs navigate the changing food and beverage landscape. 

View our full response

Emergency Rent Relief Program


Are you in need of emergency rent or utility assistance due to COVID-19? Hudson River Housing has funds available to assist households that have been impacted by COVID-19 and are at risk of losing their housing. We are also providing support to tenants and landlords to access funds available through New York State.

Questions about assistance should be directed to our Emergency Rent Relief Eviction Prevention Program at (845) 337-4407. (Para informacion en espanol, llame (845) 337-4407 x108.)  If you are in need of resources for needs other than housing, please contact the United Way’s confidential helpline 2-1-1.


¿Necesita asistencia de emergencia para el alquiler o las utilidades debido al COVID-19? Hudson River Housing tiene fondos disponibles para ayudar a los hogares que se han visto afectados por COVID-19 y están a punto de perder su hogar. También estamos brindando apoyo a inquilinos y propietarios para que accedan a los fondos disponibles a través del estado de Nueva York.

Las preguntas sobre asistencia deben dirigirse a nuestro Programa de Prevención de Desalojo de Emergencia para el Alivio de la Renta al (845) 337-4407. (Para información en español, llame al (845) 337-4407 x108.) Si necesita recursos para otras necesidades además de la vivienda, comuníquese con la línea de ayuda confidencial 2-1-1 de United Way.


The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program assists households behind on their rent that have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability. Applications accepted starting June 1st. Need help applying? Hudson River Housing’s Housing Navigators can provide assistance.


Eligible residents must meet the following criteria:

  • Household gross income at or below 120 percent of area median income, which varies by county and household size. The maximum income threshold was increased as of September 15, 2021.
  • A member of the household received unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs or experienced financial hardship, directly or indirectly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The applicant owes past due rent at their current residence.


This assistance can pay up to 12 months of past due rent and for some households, pay up to 3 months for future rent. The program can also pay for up to 12 months of overdue electric or gas bills. Please note, payments will always be issued directly to the landlord or utility provider.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU NEED TO APPLY: Click here for Landlords Click here for Renters

Apply for NYS Emergency Rental Assistance

If you need assistance accessing the portal, uploading documentation, or have any questions, our Housing Navigators are available to help. For assistance in English, contact (845) 337-4407. Para asistencia en español, llame a (845) 337-4407 x108. 

If you are in need of assistance, you are encouraged to apply and complete all application questions. Our Housing Navigators will assist in determining eligibility for any currently available emergency rent relief assistance funds. 

If you previously applied for assistance through Hudson River Housing or another source and were denied or having an ongoing unmet need, please submit an application. Immigration status is not an eligibility criteria for funding. 

Hudson River Housing’s Emergency Rent Relief Program is funded by Dutchess County, the City of Poughkeepsie, TD Bank Charitable Foundation, the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation, and private donors.


El Programa de Asistencia de Emergencia para el Alquiler del Estado de Nueva York ayuda a los hogares atrasados ​​en el pago del alquiler que han experimentado dificultades financieras debido al COVID-19 y están en riesgo de quedarse sin hogar o inestabilidad de la vivienda. Se aceptan solicitudes a partir del 1 de junio. ¿Necesitas ayuda para aplicar? Los Navegadores de Vivienda de Hudson River Housing pueden brindar asistencia.


Los residentes elegibles deben cumplir con los siguientes criterios:

  • Ingreso bruto del hogar igual o inferior al 120 por ciento del ingreso medio del área, que varía según el condado y el tamaño del hogar.
  • Un miembro del hogar recibió beneficios por desempleo o experimentó una reducción en sus ingresos, incurrió en costos significativos o experimentó dificultades financieras, directa o indirectamente, debido a la pandemia de COVID-19.
  • El solicitante debe un alquiler atrasado en su residencia actual.


Esta asistencia puede pagar hasta 12 meses de renta vencida y, para algunos hogares, pagar hasta 3 meses de renta futura. El programa también puede pagar hasta 12 meses de facturas de electricidad o gas vencidas. Tenga en cuenta que los pagos siempre se emitirán directamente al propietario o al proveedor de servicios públicos.

Solicite asistencia de emergencia del NYS

Si necesita ayuda para acceder al portal, cargar documentación o tiene alguna pregunta, nuestros Navegadores de Vivienda están disponibles para ayudarlo. Para obtener ayuda en inglés, llame al (845) 337-4407. Para asistencia en español, llame al (845) 337-4407 x108.

Si necesita ayuda, se le anima a presentar una aplicación y completar todas las preguntas de la aplicación. Nuestros Navegadores de Vivienda ayudarán a determinar la elegibilidad para cualquier fondo de asistencia de emergencia para el alquiler disponible actualmente.

Si ha aplicado previamente para la asistencia a través de Hudson River Housing y se le negó o tiene una necesidad insatisfecha en curso, envíe una aplicación. El estado migratorio no es un criterio de elegibilidad para la financiación.

El Programa de Ayuda para Rentas de Emergencia de Hudson River Housing está financiado por el Condado de Dutchess, la Ciudad de Poughkeepsie, TD Bank Charitable Foundation, la Oficina de Asistencia Temporal y para Discapacitados del Estado de Nueva York, la Corporación del Fondo Fiduciario de Vivienda del Estado de Nueva York y donantes privados.

How to Support Hudson River Housing's Emergency Rent Relief Program

If you would like to support households in need of financial assistance due to COVID-19, you can make a contribution to Hudson River Housing’s Emergency Response Fund here.

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To date, we have distributed approximately $100,000 to Dutchess County residents to help them sustain their housing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.


Covid-19 Housing Survey

Has your housing been impacted by COVID-19? Share your experiences to help strengthen advocacy for more safe, stable, affordable housing. What you share will be used anonymously to help shape housing policy and craft relief packages that meet the needs of those most directly impacted by COVID-19 in our community. Help us amplify your stories, voices, and concerns. Please take a moment to share your housing experiences.

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Covid-19 Resources

No matter if you are an individual, a family with children, or an owner of a small business, there are resources and opportunities available to aid you in this difficult time. Please view our evolving resource lists below.

Dutchess County Resident Resources


Dutchess Responds (connection to other resources, Dutchess Responds emergency services)

Map of Dutchess County Emergency Resources: https://arcg.is/Oy84m


Dutchess Outreach (meals, food pantry, emergency assistance with rent and utilities): 845-454-3792

Cathlic Charities (food pantry, emergency assistance with rent and utilities): 845-452-1400

Community Action of Poughkeepsie (Food Pantry, free tax preparation services) 77 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie 845 452-5104 Hours of operation: call to make an appointment Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (closed 12- 1 pm) Eligibility: Must bring proof of address and I.D. for self and dependents

Neighborworks Homeownership Center Financial Counseling Services / Foreclosure Prevention – See contact below under “Housing Resources”

There may be other pantries closer to you – see more Dutchess County Food Pantries here: ww.dutchessny.gov/Departments/DBCH/Docs/Food-Pantries-or-Meals-Resources.pdf

Unemployment insurance – 888-209-8124, https://labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm


Emergency housing access

  • Hudson River Housing’s Webster House & Mental Health America’s Living Room – Emergency Overnight Shelter and Daytime Shelter Program at 150 North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie NY 12601, 845-473-5166
  • General questions about homelessness services – Call Nikole at 845-905-6138
  • After Hours Emergency Placement Telephone Line: 845-471-8454, Nikole at njohannesen@hudsonriverhousing.org
  • Grace Smith: Domestic Violence Shelter, 845-471-3038
  • MARC – CDCC Addiction Treatment Center at 51 Cannon St, Poughkeepsie NY 12601, 845-471-0310
  • House of Faith Ministry, Inc. Emergency Shelter, 845-765-0293

Rental & utilities assistance

  • Hudson River Housing Emergency Fund: Applications available above.
  • Hudson River Housing’s Housing Navigator – Leave Robin a message at 845-337-4407 ext 105 or by email at RDilio@hudsonriverhousing.org.
  • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley – Personalized phone in-takes about your unique situation to provide advice from an attorney, 845-471-0058 EXT 400 or 428.
  • Neighborworks Homeownership Center Foreclosure Intervention counseling services, call Lashonda at 845-276-3689 or email Ldenson@hudsonriverhousing.org. Also provides general financial counseling services, leave a message for Leona at 845-454-9288 EXT 603 or email Loconnell@hudsonriverhousing.org.
  • Dutchess Outreach (emergency assistance with rent and utilities): 845-454-3792
  • Cathlic Charities (emergency assistance with rent and utilities): 845-452-1400
  • Good Neighbor Fund (Up to $275 support with utility payments to Central Hudson): 845-471-1210


Altice Advantage COVID-19 Offer for families with K-12 children and college students at home

  • Offered through Optimum
  • 60 days of free internet, installation, and equipment. At the end of the period, households can either cancel or continue as a regular customer.
  • Call 866-200-9522 or visit https://www.alticeadvantageinternet.com/
  • Eligibility:
    • All families with school age (K-12/ college)
    • New customers

Altice Advantage Ongoing Offer & Offer for households with no school age kids

Spectrum COVID-19 Offer for families with K-12 children and college students at home

  • 2 months of free internet beginning March 16, all installation and service fees waived
  • Call 855-243-8892
  • Eligibility:
    • All families with school age children with remote learning needs
    • Households that have not previously had Spectrum

Spectrum Internet Assist Ongoing Offer

  • Internet at $14.99 per month if you choose to continue with Spectrum after 2 month period or do not have school age children. No contract needed.
  • Eligibility: 1 or more members of the household must be a part of
    • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
    • Community Eligibility Provision (CEL) of NSLP
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (ages 65 and up)
    • Not included: SSD, SSDI, & Social Security Survivor and Retirement Benefits

The Lifeline Assistance Program through Assurance Wireless / “The Obama Phone”

  • Free cell phone, monthly service, and 250 minutes
  • Other providers in New York that offer the Obama Phone: Access Wireless, Safelink Wireless (subsidiary of Tracfone)
  • Apply online: https://www.assurancewireless.com/
  • Eligibility based on household income OR One member of the household is participating in one of these programs:
    • Medicaid/Medi-Cal
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)/CalFresh
    • Supplemental Security Income
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
    • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
    • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
    • Tribal Head Start
    • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefits

PC’s for People


24/7 Crisis Services Call or text 845-485-9700 or call 877-485-9700. Walk-ins available at the Stabilization Center at 230 North Road, Poughkeepsie NY. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, you can get support here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

New York State COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline 8AM – 10PM 7 days a week, 1-844-863-9314

Down Dog – Customizable yoga app, free until May 1st and free for students and teachers (K-12 and college) and healthcare professionals until July 1 (downdogapp.com/schools and downdogapp.com/healthcare). They also have apps “Barre” and “HIIT” for different forms of exercising.

BalanceCustomizable meditation app

Chakra Meditation Balancing – App containing meditation soundtracks and information about the body and spirituality

Sanity & SelfStress relief and meditation app, specifically for women

Water Reminder – App for helping to track your hydration levels

MyFitnessPalApp for tracking/planning nutritional intake and workouts