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Q.   Does Dutchess County provide assistance to build affordable housing?

The County’s HOME Program provides assistance to private and non-profit developers of affordable housing.

See the application on the web or for more info contact: (845) 486-3600.

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Q.   How do I find a place to live?

Look in the newspapers, go on the Internet, search community bulletin boards, ask friends.

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Q.   If I have no place to stay and need emergency housing, where can I go?

You may apply for assistance at the Dutchess County Department of Social Services 60 Market Street Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Your situation will be evaluated and a decision made on your eligibility.

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Q.   How do I hook up to a public water service or sewer system?

There are many different entities that provide water and sewer service in Dutchess County. Each system has its own set of requirements for hook-ups and you must contact the entity that operates the system that has the ability to provide service to your property to determine their requirements. Generally the local municipal (Town, Village or City) office will be able to provide the information regarding which system services which properties in their municipality as long as they have a specific address or tax parcel number.

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Q.   I am in need of financial assistance to pay my heating bills. Where can I get information on this?

Contact the Department of Social Services at: 60 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, Voice (845) 486-3000   Fax (845) 486-3090.  After hours, call Community Action at (845) 437-0050.

The Department of Social Services also administers H.E.A.P.- Home Energy Assistance Program- a federally funded seasonal program intended to assist low-income households in meeting their energy expenses.  Call Dutchess County Heap Department  (845) 486-3249 for more information. 

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Q.   If I’m under age 21 and have children of my own, does it change the eligibility for TANF, Emergency Assistance, Emergency Housing or Medicaid?

You would be eligible for TANF funds rather than Safety Net funds. Otherwise, the same eligibility criteria apply. You would also be expected to file a support petition against the father of each of your children.

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Q.   Does Dutchess County provide assistance for me to fix up my home?

The County has a program to help income eligible seniors with home repairs.  See the application on the web or for more info contact: (845) 486-3600. 

Neighborworks Homeownership Center - The Homeownership Center can help current homeowners review their options for home equity loans and refinancing to pay for home repairs.  They can also advise persons over 62 regarding reverse mortgages.  They can be reached at (845) 454-9288.

Visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Home Repairs:  New York  for a list of programs and resources to help homeowners with home repairs and improvements.

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Q.   Is my well protected?

The Sanitary Code provides some protection (chiefly by regulating development) for individual wells.  The well owner should check the well and water system to ensure that all equipment is maintained and operated properly.   The Dutchess County Department of Health is working with several agencies to increase the protection of wells and the public.

Click Here to find related links to sanitary codes; click Here to find additional information regarding wells; click Here for more Environmental Health Services contact informaiton.

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Q.   Where can I find a list of senior housing developments in Dutchess County?

The Long Term Care Resource Directory provides contact information and other details for senior citizen housing developments within Dutchess County.  Click on the following link to view Housing/Residential Choices Contact Information.

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Q.   What if I’m not literally homeless, but I’m not living in a good situation or if things are so bad at home that it feels like there could be a major blow up at any minute. As a minor, is there any place I can go?

Stay with a friend temporarily and attempt counseling. Resources available to you depends on your age.  Call the Department of Social Services at (845) 486-3000 to discuss your needs.

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Q.   How can I get current assessment information about my (or another) property?

Check with your local assessor.  You can also go to our Parcel/Access web page for assessment information for towns in Dutchess County.  The information will be accurate as of the most recent assessment roll.

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Q.   My home heating costs have increased because my home is not properly insulated. As a senior citizen, where can I find help?

The Weatherization Referral and Packaging Program (WRAP) is designed to help senior citizens with energy related problems or needs.  If you are experiencing a cold, drafty house during the winter, or if your heating bills are skyrocketing out of sight, contact the Community Action Partnership of Dutchess County, 77 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie NY, 452-5104 Ext. 130 to see if you can get help with your energy troubles.

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Q.   How do I apply to a nursing home for seniors?

Before applying, an unbiased assessment is needed to determine the level of care needed.  Please contact DUTCHESS NY Connects at (845) 486-2555 for an intake worker to assess your needs.  View our list of Nursing Homes in Dutchess County  for additional information.

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Q.   Do I have to pay back the loan I receive from Dutchess County through the Senior Citizen Owner-Occupied Property Rehabilitation Program to repair my house?

Yes. The loan is a 0% interest loan with a 10-year term, repaid in monthly payments. The deferred payment loan is fully due if you move out and/or sell the property.

For more info contact: (845) 486-3600.

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Q.   How do I apply to an assisted living facility?

Before applying, an unbiased assessment is needed to determine the level of care needed.  Please contact DUTCHESS NY Connects at (845) 486-2555 for an intake worker to assess your needs.  View our list of Assisted Living Facilities in Dutchess County for additional information.

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Q.   As a senior citizen, is there any type of financial assistance available to help me with the cost of home repairs?

The Dutchess County Senior Citizen Owner-Occupied Property Rehabilitation Program is available to low and moderate-income senior citizen households to help them with the cost of home repairs.  For more information and the application, see the Forms webpage under Planning and Development or call (845) 486-3600.

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Q.   Is there a lien on my house if I receive a loan through the Senior Citizen Owner-Occupied Property Rehabilitation Program?

A lien is placed for a loan or deferred payment loan amount to ensure that the conditions of the county/owner agreement are met.

For more information contact: (845) 486-3600.

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Q.   Who can I contact when my landlord won't turn on the heat or when I have other problems with the residence that I am renting?

Call the Dutchess County Department of Health's Environmental Health Services Division at (845) 486-3404 for complaints about such things as heat, hot water, sewage, mold, etc.  Visit our Environmental Services web page for more information and contacts.

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Q.   What housing is available for seniors? What is Section 8 Housing?

There are several forms of subsidized housing for senior citizens in Dutchess County. Some housing complexes are run by governmental agencies, while others are operated by not-for profit organizations or profit making companies. In addition to housing sites, the Section 8 program also includes housing vouchers and certificates which may be used as payment toward rent in privately owned apartments.  Visit our Section 8 Housing web pages for more information on Section 8 housing income guidelines and a list of available units.

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Q.   How do I contact the auctioneer of the county owned property auction?

The auctioneer at this time is  Haroff Auction & Realty. They can be reached at 1-800-292-7653  -or-  via email at haroff@aol.com.  They provide a brochure and have informational meetings prior to the auction.

For more info contact: (845) 486-2025, Option 1.

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Q.   Where can I find tenants' rights information?

Visit the following webpage on the New York State Attorney General's website to find information about tenant's rights and other housing issues:  http://www.oag.state.ny.us/bureaus/consumer_frauds/housing_issues.html.

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Q.   What is a Certificate of Occupancy, how do I obtain one?

The Certificate of Occupancy is the municipality's assurance to a prospective buyer or owner that a building or home is legally occupied and that it conforms to zoning, minimum repair and maintenance standards as of the date the Certificate of Occupancy is issued.  You must have a valid Building Permit before you can apply for this Certificate. An owner or his representative can obtain an application for Certificate of Occupancy from the building department in the municipality in which the structure is located.

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Q.   What inspections are required when buying or selling a house; where can I find information about home inspections?

Contact the building inspector in the municipality in which the structure is located.

For more information, visit the New York State Office of the Attorney General's Home Buying Tips

For further information on licensing requirements for home inspectors, visit the New York State Association of Home Inspectors website.

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Q.   Who should I contact if I believe that I have been subject to discrimination in credit, education, employment, housing or public accomodations?

Any person who believes that he/she has been discriminated against in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, or credit should contact:
   New York State Division of Human Rights
   8 John Walsh Blvd., Suite 204
   Peekskill, NY 10566
   (914) 788 8050
   InfoPeekskill@dhr.state.ny.us

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Q.   How do I find help in obtaining home repairs?

Visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Home Repairs:  New York  for a list of programs and resources to help homeowners with home repairs and improvements.

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