Abigail’s Story

In February 2020, Abigail* was doing yardwork in her rented home and was struck by a tree limb. Due to her injury, she was unable to work and consequently fell behind on her rent. Abigail called Legal Services of the Hudson Valley for help. Her attorney, Patience Hughes, was able to negotiate a settlement with the landlord. Then the pandemic hit.

Due to the pandemic, Abigail could not find work. She was able to maintain her monthly rent payments but could not pay the negotiated judgment and was served with a 14-Day Eviction Notice. Fortunately for Abigail, evictions were halted during the pandemic. She applied for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). The ERAP application process requires that both the landlord and tenant to apply together. Unfortunately for Abigail, the landlord decided not to apply and proceeded with the eviction for non-payment.

Patience was determined to preserve her client’s housing and appealed the decision. Patience assisted Abigail in applying for a Helping Hands grant, which is emergency funding that LSHV has available through a partnership with Gerstner Philanthropies to assist clients in need. Abigail was approved and her landlord agreed to accept the payment! Her case was withdrawn, the landlord was paid, and the threat of eviction was eliminated!

Many people in the Hudson Valley are facing similar situations - where one small setback can cause upheaval in their lives. LSHV is here in the moments our neighbors need us the most to provide legal advice, counsel, and representation to homeowners in foreclosure proceedings and to tenants in eviction cases.

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*The names and identifying characteristics have been changed to protect our client’s privacy.

One of her favorite quotes is “You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” - The Talmud.

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