POUGHKEEPSIE – The state attorney general’s office has granted Poughkeepsie-based Hudson River Housing (HRH) $300,000 through the state’s Landlord Ambassador Program to assist landlords in Columbia, Dutchess, and Putnam counties.
HRH Executive Director Christa Hines said the grant will enable the organization to help landlords of distressed properties obtain financing for repairs, or new, responsible developers to take over the buildings. “We are going to be providing technical assistance to landlords all throughout the Hudson Valley to preserve their buildings to create more affordable housing,” she said. “We are going to be helping folks through the process of applying for state and private sources in order to do that.”
Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro said this new tool will further the ability of Hudson River Housing to “sustain and improve the affordable housing stock in our community.”
Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell said he supports “a program that will provide landlords with the ability to improve the quality of housing while keeping it affordable for low- to moderate-income families.”