A Place to Call Home

Four homeless families in the City of Albany will soon have a place to call “home.” Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) today held a ribbon cutting for Phase II of its Sheridan Hollow Housing Project, which will create permanent, supportive housing for 4 families in the Sheridan Hollow neighborhood.

“Opening these new homes is an exciting milestone for us and for the community,” said IPH Executive Director, Janine Robitaille.  “When provided with the proper support, people are more likely to succeed.  As our housing program continues to grow, more people are able to become self-sufficient and get back on their feet.”

Completed in 2009, Phase I of the project resulted in the opening of 8 individual apartments and 2 family apartments for families with a disabled head of household.

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IPH has numerous long-time tenants that had been homeless and living on the streets for years, prior to getting an apartment through IPH.  Without the creation of these housing opportunities and the support of IPH’s Housing Case Management team, they would most likely still be living on the streets today.

“SEFCU is pleased to partner with Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless in helping to put a roof over the head of these four families because no one in this great country should be homeless,” said Michael J. Castellana, SEFCU President and CEO. “We pledge to continue our support of organizations like IPH that help put our neighbors on a better road for tomorrow and breathe new life into urban areas.”

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IPH’s Housing Program assists homeless individuals and families with achieving success in stable, permanent living.  IPH operates 3 permanent affordable housing sites within the City of Albany. IPH’s Housing Case Managers provide meaningful case management services that focus on the development of life skills necessary to maintain housing such as budgeting, decision making, self-advocacy, resource education and self-care.

The Sheridan Hollow Housing Project would not be possible without the support of community partners.  The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation has been especially supportive of IPH’s efforts to improve homelessness in Albany.

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“We at OTDA are pleased to have supported Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless on both phases of the Sheridan Hollow project, just as we did with its emergency shelter, and are excited to see its completion,” said OTDA Commissioner Kristin M. Proud. “Interfaith has a long history of working to prevent and alleviate homelessness while treating individuals with respect and dignity. New YorkState has led the nation in its commitment to the idea that supportive housing is fundamental to breaking the cycle of homelessness and Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless has been a strong partner in this effort.”

Other supporters of the project include SEFCU, Ward Family Foundation and Congregation Beth Emeth Social Action Committee, Richard and Bill Nathan in memory of Tom Nathan.

 

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