New York tenants who owed back rent and risked being evicted from their apartments were recently given the gift of a lifetime by a mysterious good Samaritan.
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An unnamed individual donated $60,000 to pay off back payments for people living in Bliss Towers, a 132-unit apartment complex in Hudson, New York, the Times-Union reported.
The donation was made through the Hudson-Catskill Housing Coalition (HCHC), an advocacy group that works on behalf of tenants.
The residents who owed back monies risked potentially being booted from their homes. But the generous donation has eliminated “all debt for tenants.”
“If folks are evicted from [HHA], we know they’re homeless after that — they have no place else to go,” HCHC Senior Policy Advisor Quintin Cross told the Times-Union.
Cross said there are several challenges hampering people’s ability to afford rent. In addition to the restrictions COVID-19 ushered in, he said housing costs have skyrocketed in Hudson.
“The pandemic has left our community in a dire situation and put a strain on people where there already was one,” a Facebook post from HCHC reads. “Housing costs [have] skyrocketed, inflation is at an all-time high, and people can not keep up with their bills.”
HCHC expressed gratitude to the donor and noted he wishes to remain anonymous.
Despite the concealed identity of the individual, people haven’t held back from sharing their gratitude for the incredible act of kindness.
“How generous of them!” one woman wrote on Facebook. “What an amazing thing to do.”
Another added, “I’m trying not to cry. That’s beautiful.”
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