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. 

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Emergency Rent Relief Program

Questions about Emergency Rent Relief should be directed to Tina Calcutti, (845) 337-4407 x102. If you are in need of resources for needs other than housing, please contact the United Way’s confidential helpline 2-1-1.

Las preguntas sobre el alivio de emergencia para el alquiler deben dirigirse a Tina Calcutti, (845) 337-4407 x102. Si necesita recursos para otras necesidades además de la vivienda, comuníquese con la línea de ayuda confidencial 2-1-1 de United Way.



Are you in need of Emergency Rental Assistance? Hudson River Housing can assist households that have been impacted by COVID-19 and are at imminent risk of losing their housing.

Ways to get assistance:

Complete our application for the HRH Emergency Rent Relief Program. These funds are administered directly by HRH and eligibility requirements vary by funding source. 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 administered directly by HRH. 

Apply Now for HRH Emergency Rent Relief Program

Download HRH Emergency Rent Relief Application


This program is funded in part by the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation, and private donors.



¿Necesita asistencia de emergencia para el alquiler? Hudson River Housing puede ayudar a los hogares que se han visto afectados por COVID-19 y están en riesgo inminente de perder su vivienda.

Formas de obtener ayuda:

Complete nuestra solicitud para el Programa de alivio de alquiler de emergencia de HRH. Estos fondos son administrados directamente por HRH y los requisitos de elegibilidad varían según la fuente de financiación. Si necesita ayuda, se le anima a presentar una solicitud y completar todas las preguntas de la solicitud. Nuestros Navegadores de Vivienda ayudarán a determinar la elegibilidad para cualquier fondo de asistencia de emergencia para el alquiler disponible actualmente administrado directamente por HRH.Los fondos se utilizarán para realizar pagos directos a propietarios y compañías de servicios públicos. Se priorizarán los gastos de vivienda, pero también aceptaremos solicitudes para gastos inevitables como facturas médicas o pagos de automóviles, etc.

Aplica ahora por el programa de alivio de alquiler de emergencia de HRH

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Este programa está financiado en parte por la Oficina de Asistencia Temporal y por Discapacidad 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