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Anonymous donor pays $60K overdue rent for NY public housing

May 5, 2022 GMT

HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — Numerous tenants who faced eviction after the end of New York’s eviction moratorium in January had their overdue rent paid by an anonymous person who donated $60,000 to a public housing complex in Hudson.

The donation was made through a Black-led housing justice group called the Hudson-Catskill Housing Coalition for tenants at the Hudson Housing Authority, The Times Union reported Wednesday.

Nick Zachos, the authority’s temporary executive director, said 50 lease-holders would benefit from the donation. It was to cover rent amounts that range from a few hundred to a thousand dollars.

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Zachos said the coalition requested all of the outstanding rent be paid off instead of holding a selection process.

Coalition Senior Policy Advisor Quintin Cross said he would not reveal the name of the donor.

“If folks are evicted from (HHA), we know they’re homeless after that — they have no place else to go,” Cross said.