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Local housing crisis spills over into Bliss Tower

Nov 19, 2021 12:06 am

Jeanette Wolfberg reports in The Columbia Paper that Hudson Housing Authority Commissioners believe the local housing crisis has spilled over into Bliss Tower in Hudson. “People are sleeping in the stairway, people are sleeping in the hallway, people are sleeping in the laundry room,” Commissioner Robert Davis said about Bliss Tower during a Nov. 10 meeting. Davis is one of the two commissioners on the authority that live in the Hudson housing complex. Davis reported seeing “people sleeping on the counter in the laundry room, at 5:30 in the morning, when I’m going to work.” Board Chair Revonda Smith called that news "devastating” and thought the it was due to Hudson’s housing crisis. She said that Columbia County Adult Services should be notified. Commissioner Rebecca Borrer said that the housing authority’s Housing Choice Vouchers for housing outside of Bliss but in the Hudson area, are going unused, because there is nowhere in the city with sufficiently low rents. Read more about this story in The Columbia Paper.