Housing First


Our residents simply have no where else to live. They each work with case managers to develop their own paths, but they are finding success because they found housing. The Housing First approach gives residents the stability needed to continue to focus on their health, job, children, or other personal goals.

With a smile on his face and pride in his eyes, Michael showed off keys to his new apartment. Health issues were the final straw that led to homelessness for Michael. He underwent two surgeries before coming to IPH and a third surgery while a guest here. Knowing that he had a safe, comfortable place to return to upon discharge was a huge relief to Michael.

Case managers worked closely with medical and Veteran services to find housing for Michael, and this year, he moved into his own apartment.

The need for decent, affordable housing is increasing. There are currently not enough units available especially for chronically homeless individuals who do not have a rental history.

IPH’s investment in housing is also an investment in our guests and our community. Residents in IPH’s housing have a retention rate of 81% across all housing programs.

Over the years, IPH has expanded its housing to meet the community’s ever-growing need for quality, affordable, permanent housing. Beginning in 2009 with 10 units of housing, IPH currently owns 23 units of permanent housing with additional 16 scattered site housing vouchers and anticipates 15 more IPH housing units over the next two years.

By turning once-blighted properties into apartments and single room occupancy units, IPH continues to provide safe, supportive housing for the community’s most vulnerable residents while simultaneously revitalizing the Sheridan Hollow neighborhood.


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Danielle’s House Trivia Night

Thank you for everyone who joined us to support Danielle’s House and the start of shelter season. We appreciate your partnership and generosity!

Congratulations to the winners- FMCC students won the Genius Award this year!



Medical Respite Turns One

Sister Mavis Jewell Medical Respite for the Homeless, the first medical respite program in the Capital Region, opened March 20, 2017 by IPH. This March we celebrated not only the first anniversary of this innovative program but also an expansion. Opened in 2017 with 10 beds, medical respite now boasts 17 beds. This increase allows hospitals to refer more guests and to keep more individuals in a safe, healing environment.

Medical Respite is short term-residential care that allows individuals the opportunity to rest in a safe 24/7 environment while accessing care and supportive services such as meals, personal care needs, medications, treatments and home care services. While patients are recovering, case managers also assist in helping to find shelter or housing.

Each guest at medical respite has their own unique story and needs. IPH is proud to help even more residents through this vulnerable time.


Meet Meredith

Meredith and Bill (not pictured) were the first couple to utilize medical respite. They have been significant others for almost 13 years and became homeless last year due to rising rent and utility prices.

After a winter of homelessness, Meredith required an amputation of her toes resulting from frostbite from living on the streets. While residing at medical respite, Bill started to address his own medical, mental health, and substance abuse needs as well.

They recently transitioned into an apartment setting with all the necessary furnishings to provide a safe living environment.


Meet Jane

As a single, working mother, Jane raised one son and is now a proud grandmother as well. Her longest and most rewarding job was her employment with the DMV as the artist who designed license plates.

Jane has a history of significant medical needs. In recent years, she has displayed signs of early onset dementia, resulting in a decreased ability to independently manage her own home and health care needs. It was a significant transition and loss for Jane to agree to selling her home. However, she also recognized the need for additional support, in order to safely transition back into the community. She diligently worked with medical respite, her family, and other services to secure housing in a senior community.

Jane enjoyed the company of other guests and the support of staff as she worked to regain housing.


Monthly Giving

Amazing supporters have chosen to donate to IPH monthly to provide consistent support to the programs and services. Giving is easy and can be set up quickly online or by contacting Bonnie at [email protected] or 518-434-8021 x107.

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IPH programs and services run year-round. However, most of the funding and donations are received in the cold weather months. Monthly donations provide IPH with steady funding year-round and also allow staff to budget for unexpected expenses. The average donation is just $23/ month and makes a huge impact over time.

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Medical Respite Turns One

In March 2017, IPH opened the first medical respite program in the Capital Region. Housed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy, NY, medical respite is short term-residential care that allows individuals the opportunity to rest in a safe 24/7 environment while accessing care and supportive services such as: meals, personal care needs, medications, treatments and home care services. While patients are recovering, case managers will also assist in helping to find shelter or housing.The medical respite program assists an underserved, targeted population that currently lacks access to post-hospital care, and who frequently use the emergency department for non-emergent health concerns. The program is funded in part by Alliance for Better Health Care, Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Millennium Foundation, St. Peter’s Health Partners, and Friends of Sister Mavis.

In March 2018, staff and guests celebrated the one-year anniversary and expansion of this innovative program. IPH has added additional beds and now medical respite serves 17 guests a night.

The program is named for its strongest advocate, Sister Mavis Jewell of St. Peter’s Health Partners and Daughters of Charity. Her passion for helping the homeless brought her to IPH where she has assisted by advocating, fundraising, and volunteering for over 10 years.


A Taste of Albany 2018- Good to the Last Bite

Thank you for your support of IPH at the signature, fundraiser A Taste of Albany.

Over $160,000 was raised for the programs and services of IPH.


Photos of ATOA 2018 are available on Facebook.

Start craving the date for A Taste of Albany 2019. Mark your calendar for

May 2, 2019.

Hoffman Family Center

Investing in Our Neighborhood:
IPH’s Hoffman Family Center Groundbreaking

It is a name that is not unfamiliar to the Capital Region. With 30 Hoffman Car Wash & Hoffman Jiffy Lube locations, there is a good chance that nearly every car on our roads has at one time or another been cleaned by this family. Now, the well-established business and family has committed a combined $500,000 to Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) in Albany.

“The Hoffman family and Hoffman Car Wash & Jiffy Lube are thrilled to support the work at IPH. Their work to shelter, feed and help this population stabilize their lives is important to us as a family and business,” shared Carrie Hoffman, a member of the IPH Board of Directors. “As chair of the capital campaign to raise $5.8 million, which will transform two large buildings on the northwest end of Sheridan Avenue, we feel the commitment matches our enthusiasm with IPH’s commitment to Albany County.”

IPH is reviving the former St. Casimir’s school and convent to be a neighborhood hub offering Community Connections, Healthy Connections sponsored by MVP Health Care, and apartments for formerly homeless individuals. The vision is to revitalize more of Sheridan Avenue through continued investment in its buildings and programs.

Where there was once blight on lower Sheridan Avenue is now new housing, paved roads, and a café. It started with IPH’s renovation of its Emergency Shelter in 2004 and then, IPH built permanent housing in 2008. This commitment motivated two other housing groups to invest, making Lower Sheridan a place residents are proud to call home. “IPH has long been committed to the Sheridan Hollow community and these new spaces will provide expanded programs, services, and partnerships for our neighbors,” said Janine Robitaille, Executive Director of IPH.

The former St. Casimir’s Convent will house IPH’s popular Health & Wellness Program- Healthy Connections sponsored by MVP Health Care. It will provide free health services to homeless and low-income individuals. The former St. Casimir’s School will house many of the programs and services of IPH’s current Sheridan Hollow Drop-In Center. Two floors will be the new home to Community Connections. The second floor classrooms will be renovated to become 5 one-bedroom apartments.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts, “Supportive housing projects like this bring together housing and tailored services necessary for formerly homeless individuals with a disability to achieve better health and stability in their lives. We are proud to partner with Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless and thank them for their continued commitment to housing homeless New Yorkers.”

These new spaces also open IPH to collaborations with Poverello Health, Catholic Charities food pantry, and an Albany Police Department Neighborhood Engagement Unit satellite office.

IPH is thrilled to have already raised $5.2 million of the $5.8 million needed from the generosity of individuals, granting organizations, and community partners.

“A $250,000 challenge has been presented to IPH,” said Janine Robitaille.  “A local family is helping us engage the wider community by offering a dollar for dollar match up to $250,000 for a potential total of $500,000.  We have $88,000 left to raise for the match and $600,000 left to raise for the entire campaign.” Pledges or donations must be made by December 31, 2017 to qualify for the match.

The groundbreaking will take place on November 1, 2017 outside of the former St. Casimir’s School at 315 Sheridan Ave in Albany at 10:00 a.m. Speakers include Janine Robitaille, Executive Director of IPH; Senator Neil Breslin; Assemblyman John T. McDonald; County Executive Daniel P. McCoy; Mayor of Albany Kathy Sheehan; Hon. Ronald E. Bailey; Carrie Hoffman, representative of Hoffman family; Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts of Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Learn more about IPH and the campaign: [email protected]    www.interfaithpartnership.com

Times Union coverage of the Groundbreaking Ceremony can be found at: http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/AlbanyTimesUnion/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=HATU%2F2017%2F11%2F02&entity=Ar03601&sk=CAC3F6B9&mode=text

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Amazing supporters have chosen to donate to IPH monthly to provide consistent support to the programs and services. Giving is easy and can be set up quickly online or by contacting Bonnie at [email protected] or 518-434-8021 x107.

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Peas Help

IPH purchases food from the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to serve more than 60,000 meals to its clients each year. The Adopt-A-Program stretches the food-buying power of IPH—for every $1 contributed to the Regional Food Bank Adopt-A-Program in IPH’s name, IPH will receive $10 worth of food to serve its guests. Donations are accepted to the Adopt-A-Program throughout the year.

During the month of October, PRA matched funds donated in IPH’s name through the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York from October 16 to November 3, 2017. To double the impact of your donation, visit the Regional Foodbank of Northeastern New York’s  Donation Form, select Adopt-A-Program, and enter 188ES or Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless to complete your donation. After following these steps, funds will be added to IPH’s account.

PRA is proud to partner with IPH during this year’s Food Bank Adopt-A-Program and to strengthen PRA and IPH’s longstanding relationship. CEO Pam Robbins notes, “We are so willing to partner with IPH as we have seen what a difference IPH can make in the life of someone needing a helping hand.  I hope our match will encourage folks to contribute to those in need.”

For more information, contact Elle Episcopo at 518-786-3691 x244.

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