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, and all our sites and services are fully operational.   

Emergency Rental Relief Eviction Prevention Resources


Hudson River Housing is accepting applications on a rolling basis and has additional resources available to assist households in need of rent relief. If you have been impacted by COVID-19 and are at risk of losing your housing and are in need of assistance paying your rent and utility bills, you may be eligible to receive funding. This funding is available to City of Poughkeepsie residents, and those who don’t qualify for government assistance. Applications will be processed as first come first serve.


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

Si ha sido afectado por COVID-19 y corre el riesgo de perder su vivienda y necesita ayuda para pagar el alquiler y las facturas de servicios públicos, puede ser elegible para recibir fondos. Estos fondos están disponibles para los residentes de la ciudad de Poughkeepsie. Las solicitudes se procesarán por orden de llegada.
Las preguntas sobre la asistencia deben dirigirse a nuestro Programa de Prevención de Desalojo de Ayuda de Alquiler de Emergencia al (845) 337-4407. Si necesita recursos para otras necesidades además de la vivienda, comuníquese con la línea de ayuda confidencial de United Way 2-1-1.

The Landlord Ambassador Program

COVID-19 and its related economic crisis have caused many individuals to experience financial hardship and are now un- or underemployed, leading to missed rent and other housing – related expenses thus making it more challenging for landlords of affordable rental housing to adequately maintain their properties.

In response, Hudson River Housing has been provided funding by Enterprise Community Partners NYS Landlord Ambassador Program to provide financial support and repair grants to small landlords in Dutchess County. Small landlords are defined as property owners of nine or fewer rental units that may be scattered site homes, whether vacant or/or occupied with rents affordable to residents at or below 80% of area median income.  Legacy BIPOC owners will be given greater flexibility and may own up to 20 units and remain eligible to qualify for the program. If a small landlord is not a legacy BIPOC owner, they must own no more than 9 units to qualify. Landlords are eligible for up to $15,000 in assistance per unit, any request in excess of $15,000 per unit is considered an exception and will require Enterprise’s review and approval.

To learn more and apply:
For any questions, please email tcalcutti@hudsonriverhousing.org or call 845-337-4407 ext 402.

Housing Counseling Program

Did you know we offer free credit reports and budget analysis at our Housing Resource Center? Gain control over your finances and your future.

Call 845-337-4407 to get started today, or email tcalcutti@hudsonriverhousing.org for more information.

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