HOUSING RIGHTS AND RESOURCES
EVICTION AND FORECLOSURE MORATORIUM
There is a moratorium on evictions in New York State until January 15, 2022. Tenants seeking protection from eviction must submit a Hardship Declaration form, indicating that they experienced a financial hardship during COVID-19 (from March 7, 2020 to January 15, 2022). Landlords are required to serve a copy of the Hardship Declaration on the tenant in the tenant’s primary language along with any other type of notice required by lease, agreement, or law, prior to initiating an eviction proceeding. Landlords can evict tenants who do not submit a hardship declaration, as well as tenants that are proven to have caused significant damage to the property or have been persistently and unreasonably engaging in behavior that substantially infringes on the use and enjoyment of other tenants or causes a substantial safety hazard to other tenants. Tenants are also protected from eviction if they have an application pending for rental assistance under the ERAP program, as eviction cases must be paused when a rental assistance application is pending, until there is a final determination made on the rental assistance application.
There is also a moratorium on residential foreclosure proceedings and tax lien sales until January 15, 2022. Homeowners and small landlords who own 10 or fewer residential dwellings can file Hardship Declarations with their mortgage lender, other foreclosing party, or a court that would prevent a foreclosure.
Tenants seeking to use the eviction moratorium must submit a hardship declaration and/or submit a rental assistance application under the ERAP program. The hardship declaration is a document explaining the source of the hardship. Hardship Declarations in both eviction and foreclosure matters are available in English and Spanish via the NYS Unified Court System. For assistance submitting your hardship declaration form or other rental support, see the resources below.
Use the Housing Justice For All Tool or one of the legal resources below to complete your hardship declaration.
- Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York provides free legal services to people with low-income: 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.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
Learn more about this program on our website.
Program opened June 1, 2021- Now accepting applications
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)
St Catherine's Center for Children
Galvan Housing Resources
HOME MAINTENANCEColumbia County Department of Health Healthy Neighborhoods Program - safety inspection, referrals, and free products
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
HOME OWNERSHIPColumbia Opportunities Weatherization Assistance Program
RUPCO First-Time Homebuyers Program
ANTI-DISPLACEMENT LEARNING GRANT
Execution of the grant strategies to prevent displacement began in Spring 2021. Key strategies include the creation and seeding of a Housing Trust Fund, providing emergency rental relief through Hudson Roots, the development of a Affordable Housing Development Plan with Pattern for Progress, and the creation of a new Housing Justice Director position.
The Anti-Displacement Grant Progress Report: Q1 + 2 provides more information on grant activities during the first half of 2021.