Safe Haven

26 S. Swan Street, Albany, NY

The Safe Haven Shelter, housed in IPH’s Sheridan Hollow Drop–In Center, opened in 2014. The program provides support for those that are literally homeless and have no other options for emergency shelter. It is anticipated that the majority of people served by Safe Haven will have an extensive history of homelessness as well as a history of being unsheltered and staying in places not meant for human habitation, including abandoned buildings, cars, and parks. Without IPH’s Safe Haven, these individuals would be facing freezing weather and extremely limited resources.

Safe Haven cots

The low demand environment will provide a safe place to sleep each night for those struggling with untreated mental illness, addiction, or other complex issues that have prevented them from being successful in traditional shelters or obtaining stable housing. Food will be available and staff will provide the opportunity for guests to engage in case management services.

The program will allow people with no other shelter options to stay at our Drop – In Center building during the night and on weekend days and nights. Each guest will receive a cot, a pillow, bedding, and one meal on weeknights and three meals on weekend days/nights. Guests will also have access to our Health and Wellness, Case Management and Housing Services. Our goal will be to connect shelter guests to important services and assist them with securing permanent housing.

  • 490 guests served last year
  • Average of 43 individuals per night
  • 61 couples
  • 43 Average age

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