County of Ulster announces emergency housing action plan

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KINGSTON.Ulster County has established an emergency action plan for housing, with the state’s eviction moratorium set to expire on January 15.

In conjunction with the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, the county has a plan to coordinate with the county’s Department of Social Services and other critical community partners to provide evictees with emergency housing options.

The county is also prepared for the unlikely scenario of emergency housing reaching capacity by contracting additional hotels and creating emergency shelters.

“With the end of the eviction moratorium approaching, we are 100 per cent committed to ensuring that no one in Ulster County is without a roof over their head,” said County Manager Pat Ryan. “We have worked with the Ulster County Sheriff, the Department of Social Services and our emergency management team to develop our emergency housing action plan. We are confident that with all the measures we have put in place, we will not see an increase in homelessness due to the end of the eviction moratorium.

As the eviction deadline approaches, the Sheriff’s Office and Social Services have developed a process to connect residents with an eviction warrant to the DSS 14 days prior to an eviction to ensure that they are offered emergency housing. Tenants in need will also be put in touch with Hudson Valley Legal Services for legal assistance.

For emergency housing:

  • DSS Hotline at (845) 334-5360: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Family of Woodstock After Hours Emergency Housing Hotline at (845) 338-2370: evenings, weekends and holidays

The state’s emergency rental assistance program has reopened application portal. Tenants who have qualified COVID-related difficulties can contact local agencies partnered with the county for language translation, technology access, and general assistance in applying for the program. The agencies are:

  • Woodstock family: (845) 331-7080 / 845-679-2485 (anonymous)
  • Catholic Charities: (845) 340-9170
  • RUPCO: (845) 331-2140
  • Hudson Valley Legal Services: (845) 331-9373

Additionally, the Ulster County Warming Center remains open 24 hours a day. Run by Catholic charities, it is located at 2nda Iglesia La Mision Church, 80 Elmendorf Street in Kingston. For more information, call 845-481-4029 or visit https://ulstercountyny.gov/emergency-services/warming-centers.

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