Housing complex called out for "deplorable conditions" seeing improvements


HUDSON, NY – A housing complex singled out by a Congressman for having deplorable conditions hopes to soon undertake a revitalization.

The Bliss Towers on North 2nd Street were built in 1973, and house around 230 residents.

“This is a shocking dereliction of duty on the part of HUD and the people who used to run these towers”, said Congressman John Faso.

CBS 6 visited the building, and learned a new Executive Director is already fixing many of the building’s past problems.

“Fresh coat of paint in the lobby area, we’re putting down some carpeting and new flooring - you know, be respectful and listen to the residents, and allow them to express their ideas and what their concerns are,” said Executive Director Tim Mattice.

“There was very little maintenance being done, work orders weren’t being done,” Mattice tells CBS 6.

Residents like Glenda Dempsey are taking notice as well.

“For many years we couldn’t even use that community room - we can socialize and really be a community,” Dempsey says.

The Hudson Housing Authority is searching for a private sector partner to either redevelop or rehabilitate the housing complex. The hope is to have the revitalization complete by early 2020 at the latest.

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