Legal Services of the Hudson Valley impacts the lives of tens of thousands of people every year: mothers, fathers, children, grandparents, veterans, the disabled and so many more. This is just one story…
Hank is a 96 year old WWII veteran who received a section 8 voucher that paid for 2/3 of his rent in his apartment. Hank suffered a health setback and was forced to go into a nursing home. Because he was in the nursing home for more than 120 days, Section 8 terminated his voucher. Hank continued paying his portion of the rent but because Section 8 stopped paying its portion, Hank’s landlord notified him that he was going to be evicted.
An LSHV attorney researched Hank’s options and found a program called the Nursing Home Transition Diversion waiver program – which Hank qualified for – and he was issued a new Section 8 voucher. This was good news for Hank, but didn’t completely resolve his situation because he still owed past rent to his landlord for the period of time that Section 8 stopped paying his rent. LSHV’s Housing Counselor tirelessly advocated for Hank with several local social service programs and pieced together enough money to cover the amount owed to the landlord.
Hank continues to live independently in his own apartment, close to family and friends, and is very grateful for LSHV’s assistance. Hank illustrates the true spirit of “the Greatest Generation” to whom we owe so much.
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2017 is LSHV’s 50th Anniversary!
In honor of this occasion, we’ve launched the LET JUSTICE GROW Campaign to support our work in preventing homelessness for individuals and families like Hank across the lower and mid-Hudson Valley.