WHITE PLAINS, NY –Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) today announced the launch of their new Westchester County Eviction Prevention Hotline–914-468-2175. The hotline connects eligible tenants in Westchester County with free, comprehensive civil legal services. Tenants facing eviction, concerned about paying their rent,or needing help obtaining financial assistance should call the hotline for help.
The purpose of the hotline is to ensure that tenants have access to the legal help that they need to prevent eviction. There are a host of different protections for tenants to access in NY State and LSHV is here to advise you on what you are eligible for and how best to apply. Our staff is eagerly waiting to assist.
“LSHV helped me for a long time –if it wasn’t for them I would be homeless,” said Andrew Williams*, client and board member at LSHV, “They most recently helped me to apply for benefits that I was eligible for during COVID-19. I was at a loss since I work in the school system and was out of work since March. We are just getting back to work now but I still need to catch up for the income lost over the past several months. Thanks to LSHV, I have hope!”
“Under Governor Cuomo’s most recent Executive Order, tenants who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 state disaster emergency are protected from eviction until January 1, 2021,” said Lara Kasper-Buckareff, Program Director at LSHV. “However, tenants should not wait. Tenants should contact LSHV now so that we can ensure that their rights are protected and help them access the financial assistance programs available to pay rental arrears.”
About Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
LSHV is the only provider of free, comprehensive civil (non-criminal) legal services to low-income and disadvantaged individuals and families who cannot afford an attorney when their basic human needs are at stake. This includes urgent legal needs such as: housing emergencies, domestic violence, healthcare, children’s law and advocacy, disability and benefits, elder law, consumer fraud and more. Founded more than 50 years ago, LSHV serves the seven counties of the lower and mid-Hudson Valley (Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Ulster, and Sullivan), maintaining a staff of 160individuals working across nine offices throughout its service area.
For more information about Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, to volunteer, or contribute, please visit www.lshv.org, or contact Maureen Fox at 914-949-1305 x160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Clients and staff are available for interviews if needed.
A flyer announcing the hotline is attached.