Its been two years of living differently, watching loved ones get sick (and hopefully get better), grocery store shelves emptied, all because of a virus that pretty much no one heard of in October of 2019.

If you are one of the people who has had a hard time staying employed and because of it, maybe you haven't been able to pay your rent. Sound like you? Then there is also a  chance that you might be able to get help catching up on the rent payments.

How can you get help with your back rent and utilities in Dutchess County, NY?

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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced at the beginning of March 2022, that there is more than $624,000 available for  "for rent and utility relief is available through a COVID-19 Emergency Rent and Utility Relief program for low- and moderate-income households" in Dutchess County.

Who is eligible to apply for the Covid-19 rent and utility relief?

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First and foremost the funds are based on income levels, you will need to show proof of income, along with your rental agreement, a statement from your landlord stating how much you owe, and a written agreement from your landlord stating that they will waive legal and late fees.

When can you apply for these Covid-19 funds?

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When can you apply? The application period is open now. Applications (pdf) that are received by March 14, 2022, will go into a lottery based on need. Then all applications received after that will be on a first come, first served basis.

Live in Dutchess County, but also in the City of Poughkeepsie, can you apply?

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Yes, you can apply for this program if you are a resident of Dutchess County, but not if you are a City of Poughkeepsie resident. If you are a resident of the City of Poughkeepsie, there is another program that you can apply for, click here.

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