Rising housing and rental prices across New York are a cause of anxiety and pain for many who face an increasing inability to afford them. For residents of Hudson public housing, local prices have risen so much that Section 8 low-income vouchers no longer cover an entire month’s rent in dilapidated Hudson Housing Authority apartments.


For those that fall behind on their rent, eviction is once again a very real threat since the end of New York’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium in January. For most, the only step after eviction from the HHA is homelessness.

That’s where one anonymous benefactor has drawn the line and stepped up to help in a huge way.

Housing Activists Hold March And Demonstration Calling On Gov. Hochul To End Eviction Ban
Getty Images

By way of the Hudson-Catskill Housing Coalition, an unknown Good Samaritan delivered $60,000 to the HHA on the grounds that all back rent for the city’s public housing tenants be paid off. According to the HHA, this donation helped more than 50 renters who owed everywhere from hundreds to thousands on back rent.

There is no application process for residents – all money was distributed based solely on the need and not on perceived merit per the donor and the HCHC’s wishes. HHA interim executive director Nick Zachos says the relief in the community created by this donation is, “just enormous.”

The HHA is already struggling to house tenants, with 25 of the Authority’s 132 units sitting empty due to asbestos contamination, plumbing problems, and garbage disposal issues. Recent estimates place emergency repairs needed at somewhere around $10 million. The HHA is currently taking bids on new housing construction.

The CDC Says You Should Mask Up In These 23 Upstate NY Counties

The CDC has designated these 23 Upstate New York counties as currently "high-risk" for COVID as of April 21, 2022 and is recommending residents wear masks because of that designation. The designation is based on the number of hospital admissions per 100,000 residents in a 7 day period. 2 Capital Region counties were just added to this list, and Jefferson and Monroe Counties were removed from it after going down to medium risk. Most of the counties on this list are in Western NY, centered around the Syracuse and Binghamton areas.

More From Q 105.7