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Updated: January 14, 2022 @ 11:32 am
Bliss Towers has 120 affordable housing units, though some are vacant due to asbestos.

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Bliss Towers has 120 affordable housing units, though some are vacant due to asbestos.
HUDSON — The Hudson Housing Authority is trying to find a qualified abatement firm to eliminate asbestos from several vacated apartments in Bliss Towers, the city’s main affordable housing complex.
The toxic mineral was found in floor tiles and in drywall materials appearing in several offline apartments. At this time, asbestos is not considered to be harmful because it is non-friable, which means the hazardous material cannot transmit toxic fibers through the air.
“There are a number of places in the building where there may be asbestos,” said Hudson Housing Authority interim Executive Director Nick Zachos. The HHA must eradicate all asbestos from Bliss Towers before becoming Rental Assistance Demonstration compliant.
Rental Assistance Demonstration is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program that allows public housing agencies such as HHA to address unmet financial needs so that housing units remain affordable to low-income families.
Though the HHA said the asbestos is not an immediate concern to the residents of the building, no one is actively monitoring the asbestos to see if anything has changed.
One tenant waiting for the elevator to arrive in Bliss Towers was reluctant to comment, fearing speaking about the asbestos would cause reprisals at a time when housing insecurity is a concern.
“It wouldn’t do too good to worry about asbestos in here because there are too many other problems with this building,” another resident said. A woman walking with a trolley cart overheard the conversation, laughed in agreement and said, “One day it’s COVID, the next it’s asbestos.”
According to a spokesperson with Paradigm Environmental, an asbestos testing service in Latham, the asbestos becomes hazardous once the toxic fibers go airborne.
“I don’t think a rodent could have the power to hammer it up enough to make it toxic to the residents of the building,” she said. “As long as the asbestos isn’t broken or the tile isn’t broken, it should be OK, but there is no way of knowing for sure without looking at it.”
No tenant wants to hear that asbestos lingers in their building. Especially because there are no federal regulations that identify a safe amount of time to be exposed to asbestos. The bottom line is that asbestos if inhaled can cause lung cancer and Mesothelioma.
“It’s not a great living situation,” Hudson Housing Justice Director Michelle Tullo said. “My understanding is that Nick and his team are trying to remediate it.”
Asbestos is a group of six naturally occurring stone minerals all of which are stronger than steel and fire resistant. In the 1970s the federal government established that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would be responsible for regulating asbestos in the United States. A nationwide ban on asbestos does not exist.
Zachos and the Hudson Housing Authority are unsure when the asbestos will be completely eradicated from the building. It is also unknown if current residents will have to temporarily vacate for safety reasons when the actual eradication eventually takes place.
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