SERVING THE NEEDS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED

The Albany Housing Coalition Inc.

 

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS TO VETERANS HOMELESSNESS - ONE VETERAN AT A TIME

SERVING HOMELESS VETERANS SINCE 1993

NOW SERVING ALL OEF/OIF VETERANS IN NEED

Veterans Housing Programs

 

Home Repair Program


The Vet House


Neighborhood and Community Services

 

VCAP - Veterans Community Advocacy Program and VetTrak, a treatment program

 

Awards


Contact Us

 

Services for OEF / OIF Veterans

* Peer support network

 

Legal Services for Veterans

* Pro bono legal assistance for low income veterans

* VetTrak - veteran treatment courts, featuring peer mentoring, available in Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia, Greene, Ulster, Sullivan, and Schoharie county courts.

 

JOIN US JULY 19 FOR OUR 7TH ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE RUN TO END VETERANS HOMELESSNESS

 

Sponsored by the Veterans Motorcycle Club and Walmart DC6041 Associates. Registration at The SawMill, 501 South Ave Schenectady, NY 12305 10am, $20 registration.

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Local banks support our 2014 effort to end veterans homelessness

Among our program sponsors are Trustco, SEFCU, M&T Bank, Berkshire Bank, and First Niagara.

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Nathaniel Adams Blanchard Post Sons support our work

Our thanks to the Sons of the American Legion Post 1040 in Delmar for their $1,150 donation in late February.

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Berkshire Bank Supports our veterans treatment courts program

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Corporate employees lend a hand

Our thanks to those employees of Tully Rinckey Law firm, First Niagara Bank, and Walmart's Sharon Springs distribution center who are supporting our work.

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M&T Bank Supports VetTrak

Our thanks for their $2,000 support of our veterans treatment courts. Their ongoing yearly support is greatly appreciated.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

thanks to all who so generously donated time and money to ensure that our veterans have a great holiday.

The outpouring was unprecedented this year. A special thank you to Broadway Auto, Cohoes Elks, Veterans Motorcycle Club, Altamont VFW Post, Rensselaer Elks, and NYSID.

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Returned Veterans

Reintegration Center

We have begun planning for a residential center to serve as a reintegration community for returned veterans. Our vision is that the center will offer comprehensive services: education, jobs assessment, peer support and healing, and re-integration skills.

We are convening focus groups of returned veterans and meetings with state and federal policy-makers to inform our effort. Stay tuned....

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Pro Bono Legal services

Partnering with The Legal Aid Society and volunteer attorneys we are offering free legal services to homeless veterans for civil matters and attorneys from Hiscock & Barclay are preparing wills and trusts.

 

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IN MEMORY of

Robert "Pope" Powell

A Vietnam veteran who was instrumental in establishing our homeless veterans program

1947 - 2011

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Cyclists Rally to End Veterans Homelessness

 

MEMBERS OF THE VETERANS MOTORCYCLE CLUB LED 150+ motorcycle riders from Schenectady TO our VETERANS HOUSE. THE July EVENT RAISED OVER $8,000.

 

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MEMORIAL DAY 2011

In memory of all who have given their life in service to our country

Our appreciation to American Legion Auxiliary

Helderberg Post 997 for their generous donation in appreciation of all who have served

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2011 Corporate Supporters

Community Foundation $ 6,000

M&T Bank Foundation $2,000

Trustco Bancorp $1,000

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2010 Year in Review

We assisted over 500 veterans in need in 2010:

* 44 homeless veterans gained employment

* Permanent supportive housing for 35

*72 housed at Vet House * Advocacy and benefits assistance to over 200 senior veterans

* Established Veterans court in 7 counties: 35+ assisted; 30 other vets assisted with pro bono or case management services

*Peer support to 25 OEF / OIF veterans

*Assisted 35 homeless veterans in obtaining affordable, secure permanent housing

* Assisted 68 veterans with rental assistance / security deposits

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Christmas at Vet House

For 13 years the Waterford Cohoes Elks Club has brought Santa and gifts to Vet House. This year's party is Dec. 18 starting at 1pm. Joining them this year with gifts for our residents are Jewish War Veterans.

The following day the Veterans Motorcycle Club will host it's 3rd annual party and giftgiving at Vet House beginning at noon.

Also, the law firm of Tully Rinckey PLLC is generously donating winter coats for Vet House residents during the holiday season.

Our thanks to all for your generosity, thoughtfulness, and time to remember our formerly homeless veterans during this holiday season.

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Veterans Day 2010

We honor all veterans on this day and thank you for your service

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Homeownership in Sight for Disabled Veteran

Through our efforts a local disabled Vietnam veteran will soon own his first home. The home is currently under construction in the Arbor Hill neighborhood, close to our Veterans House.

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Sgt. Henry Johnson Veterans Home dedication set for spring, 2011

We are planning the dedication of our veterans independent transitional home at 280 Clinton Ave. to honor a local WW1 hero, Sgt. Henry Johnson. The home has been operational for 14 years.

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Local Banks Support our Returning Veterans Program

* Trustco Bank

* M&T Bank

* Legacy Banks

Their charitable foundations have awarded us funds to help returning veterans re-integration and in support of our new VetTrak veterans treatment courts

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VetTrak BEGINS May 3

We continue training mentors in 7 counties for the veterans court diversion program that we helped develop with the 3rd. Judicial District. Look for it in Albany, Rensselaer, Columia, Greene, Ulster, and Schoharie counties.

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NEW EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST

Fredia Beatty was recently hired to assist homeless veterans to find employment through our HOMELESS VETERANS REINTEGRATION PROGRAM, funded by U.S. Dept. of Labor. She started February 1.

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IRAQ / AFGHANISTAN VETERANS PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM UNDERWAY

We start the new year with our Veterans Community advocacy Program (VCAP) in full swing. We welcome Bryan Blanchard to our staff. Bryan is working to implement the court diversion program - VetTrak and is actively assisting returning veterans with peer support. Bryan is a veteran of Iraq.

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WE WISH YOU A HAPPY AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY!

 

COMMUNITY HOLIDAY SUPPORT

This holiday season we are grateful for the many folks who have contributed to our veterans programs and made Christmas a special time for our veterans

* Students of Sand Creek Elementary School

* 3rd Grade class - Guilderland Elementary School

* Broadway Auto Clinic

* Sheehy-Palmer VFW Post

* Albany County VFW

Veterans Motorcycle Club

* Cohoes-Waterford Elks

* Employees of NYS Dept. of Labor

* Greater Capital District Board of Realtors

* M&T Bank

 

Career Night Dec. 10

Vethouse 180 First St.

6pm.

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Vets4Vets local Chapter started

for Iraq / Afghanistan Veterans

Iraq War veterans and Housing Coalition employees Glenn Read and Kelly Kenyon-Ramirez are spearheading this effort. Call Glenn or Kelly at 518 465-5251.

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Mentors Needed

Our veterans peer support network is in need of mentors to help fellow veterans. Interested veterans of all eras are encouraged to call Glenn at 465-52561

Those interested in serving with the Veterans Court that is under development can contact John Battin at jbattin1@nycap.rr.com for more information.

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Efforts Underway

to bring a veterans court to the capital district

Albany Housing Coalition Inc.'s vision for a veterans court is coming to fruition. Stay tuned...

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Stand Down 2009

About 230 homeleless and formerly homeless veterans gathered at the Colonie Elks on Saturday Oct. 3 to access services, clothing, and share comraderie.

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Employment Dinner and Training

September 3

Representatives from the NYS Division of Veterans Affairs, NYS Office of General Services, NYS Labor Dept. and VESID will again come to Vet House for dinner and to present employment tips and a mock interview. Open to all homeless and disabled veterans

180 First St., Albany, 5:30pm. Join us for dinner.

RSVP 465-5251

Bring your resume and come dressed for Success!

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July 18

Join us as the Veterans Motorcycle Club sponsors a a ride to benefit our Homeless Veterans Program

12:30 at Vet House

180 First St., Albany

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Join us at Americade

June 2 - 6

Lake George, NY

Visit our table display

 

√ Learn about veterans programs and services √

√ Make a donation to our work √

√ Enjoy the camraderie of other veterans √

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Employment Dinner and Training

June 4

Representatives from the NYS Division of Veterans Affairs, NYS Office of General Services, NYS Labor Dept. and VESID will again come to Vet House for dinner and to present employment tips and a mock interview. Open to all homeless and disabled veterans

180 First St., Albany, 5:30pm. Join us for dinner. RSVP 465-5251

Bring your resume and come dressed for Success!

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Sienna College Students bring Dinner and Good Cheer to Vet House

Freshmen from Sienna College cooked a Sunday dinner and joined Vet House residents in watching a football game on Jan. 17. They return on Feb. 15.

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Employment Meeting

Jan. 15, 2009 at Vet House

Representatives from the NYS Division of Veterans Affairs, NYS Office of General Services, NYS Labor Dept. and VESID will again come to Vet House for dinner and to present employment tips and a mock interview. Open to all homeless and disabled veterans

180 First St., Albany, 5:30pm. Join us for dinner. RSVP 465-5251

Come dressed for Success!

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First Annual Veterans Motorcycle Club Christmas Lunch at Vet House

On Dec. 21 the Club will bring gifts and comraderie to the formerly homeless veterans at Vet House

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Waterford/Cohoes Elks Club brings Christmas to Vet House

The Elks and Santa are coming Dec. 20 to share gifts and the Christmas spirit with our our veterans.This decade-old annual event features a festive luncheon.

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Legacy Banks Donates $2,000 to our Returning Veterans program

Dec. 16, 2008

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December 2008

National Committee For Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) gives award to Albany Housing Coalition

recognizing our efforts in employing and protecting employment for active-duty personnel in a time of war.

WHAT CAN YOUR BUSINESS DO TO HELP?

Click HERE

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Employment Training Dec. 10

Representatives from the NYS Division of Veterans Affairs, NYS Office of General Services, and NYS Labor Dept. will again come to Vet House for dinner and to present employment tips and a mock interview. Open to all homeless and disabled veterans

180 First St., Albany, 5:30pm. Join us for dinner. RSVP 465-5251

Come dressed for Success!

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We Attend Albany's Citizen Protective Task Force Meeting Representing the Needs of Homeless Veterans in Crisis

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Vet House Veterans Day Events

Guilderland Schools Presentation of Second Grade Project

Kindlon Shanks and Associates and Romano's Macaroni Grill host luncheon for our veterans

Distribution of donated items from Sand Creek Middle School

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NYS Labor, OGS, Division of Veterans Affairs Host Employment Tips and Pointers for homeless veterans at Vet House.

Oct. 30, Dec. 4, Jan. 15 @ 5:30 pm for dinner and helpful info. RSVP 465-5251

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NYS Division of Veterans Affairs Commission to meet at Vet House to learn how a community homeless veterans program operates

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Pro Bono Legal Clinic

VetHouse 180 First St., Albany

Wednesday Oct. 22 10am-2pm

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Colonie Youth Advisory Board Comes

To Vet House for a Barbeque

Sunday October 19

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Executive Director Joe Sluszka presents at HUD Conference workshop on homeless veterans

9/9/08

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Amsterdam Zephyrs to donate proceeds of Sept. 6 football game for Homeless Veterans at our Vet House

The Semi-pro team plays the Vermont Ice Storm. Info and directions at http://www.eteamz.com/zephyrs/

 

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Our Veterans Community Advocacy Program gets a boost from M&T Bank donation of $1,000

The program serves returning veterans

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VA Seeks community input on the needs of homeless veterans at its annual CHALLENG Meeting

Identified Needs

* Permanent Housing

* Emergency Housing

* Supportive Housing - Aging

* Assisted Living Housing

* Housing for Sexual Offenders

Housing for Families

8/13/08

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PROJECT SALUTE trains 16 local attorneys for pro bono assistance to veterans with VA claims

8/1/08

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PROJECT SALUTE arrives at Vet House and begins 2 day assistance to vets needing VA Compensation claims help.

7/30/08

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Our Executive Director was a workshop presenter at the National Alliance to End Homelessness' National Conference on Homelessness in Washington, DC. He spoke about our successful veterans services program and described our new VCAP initiative

7/29/08

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TRUSTCO Bank donates $1,000 to our new Veterans Community Advocacy Program targeting Iraq / Afghanistan Veterans

7/24/08

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Citizens Bank Donates $2,000 for our Employment Program for Homeless Veterans

7/22/08

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Veterans Motorcycle Club Raises $2,118

for our Vet House and donates clothing, recreation equipment, and books.

7/21/08

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The University of Detroit Mercy Law School’s

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is coming to ALBANY to address your VA benefits questions

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location is

The Veterans House

180 First St.

Albany, NY12210

518 465-5251

 

Pro Bono (Free)

Veterans “Federal” Benefit Information Session

followed immediately by

Individual “Federal” Benefit Interviews

 

Please bring your DD Form 214, recent ratings decisions, and any other information

that will help to understand and evaluate your Federal veteran benefit situation.

 

Questions? Call 1-888-UDM-LAW4 (1-888-836-5294)

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Veterans Nomad Motorcycle Club Run

to benefit our Homeless Veterans Program

noon on Saturday July 19

National Guard's NASCAR will be on view

 

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Information: 852-0562 or 588-8467

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VCAP

We are in the planning stages for a Veterans Community Advocacy Program to assist returned Afghanistan / Iraq War Veterans who need assistance and services.

 

Womens Veterans Luncheon

and discussion group meets every 3rd Friday at noon at our Vet House, 180 First St. Albany. Call 465-5251.

 

 

Americade 2008

Visit our table in Lake George at the Convention Center on June 3 - 7

 

 

January 2008

We welcome a new Director of Veterans Services

Glenn Read, a veteran of Iraq and active member of the National Guard, is now directing the organization's homeless veterans programs and services. We welcome Glenn home and welcome him to our organization.

 

 

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To identify our services to homeless veterans we have developed a subsidiary with a specific logo.

 

TO help us to address homelessness among veterans click below

DONATE

 

 

Homeless Veterans Report Released Nov.8 says 21,147 veterans were homeless in New York State in 2006.

For a copy of the report visit here

 

 

On September 24th TDBankNorth's Foundation announced a $10,000 award to us in support of our permanent supportive housing efforts. We are honored to be the only recipient to receive their Housing Achievement Award two years in a row.

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Our Employment Services Program is also pleased to announce a $1,000 donation from M&T Bank. The funds enable clients to purchase interview clothing.

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Our office (left), independent transitional home (center), and family housing (right).

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