Emergency rent assistance applications being accepted this week

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County, in partnership with the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, will begin processing applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program on June 1.

The 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. The program can also provide additional temporary future rental assistance and assistance with unpaid utility bills. This program will assist with payment for up to 12 months of rental arrears.

Elizabeth Spira, CEO for the Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County, said “With thousands of people effected by the COVID-19 pandemic, access to this resource is a vital to our local residents. There is the opportunity to help stabilize the living situations for numerous families across the county.”

The Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County is an anti-poverty organization helping local individuals and families attain self-sufficiency, for more than 50 years. They have offices throughout the county in Poughkeepsie, Red Hook, Dover Plains, and Beacon. Individuals and families interested in applying should contact the Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County by phone at 845-452-5104, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or 24 hours per day online at dutchesscap.org.