Housing and Homelessness

Albany County District Attorney

Specific Needs
  • Getting more info about programs to the public
  • Reaching more youth with prevention and education activities


Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless

Interfaith is located in Albany, New York and has been serving the homeless community since 1984. Their programs and services include a 30 bed emergency shelter, Drop-In Center, housing program and summer youth program. Interfaith helps individuals with their immediate needs as well as provide case management to help find them safe, affordable housing. There are also long term case management services to help maintain housing and build a stable life.

Specific Needs

  • Need nursing or health related students for their Health and Wellness Program
  • Need someone to take pictures that can be used for IPH’s publication
  • Work on statistics- choose the correct statistics to present for an annual report to show to donors
  • Figure out way to get IPH in front of NYS workers ( especially those who donate through their annual campaign for non profits
  • Needs ideas where IPH can create an ongoing program which would provide sustaining funds (beside community garden)
  • Outreach to churches
  • Increase the number of groups who provide meals for IPH
  • Organization in Human Resources

Research Questions

  • How can the community benefit from a health and wellness program? Who would be affected by this? What results would it produce?
  • Gather statistics and determine which are the best and most affective for an annual report to show to donors?
  • In what ways can IPH create an ongoing program which would provide sustaining funds?
  • What strategies can be used to get NYS workers to pay attention to IPH? How can they especially gain the attention of those who donate through their annual campaign for non-profits?
  • What strategies can be used to outreach to local churches?

Trinity Alliance

Located in Albany, NY, the center provides a range of activities that have the aim to improve the quality of life of its members, enable them to build self-esteem, provide social support and encourage them to achieve their full potential. Services that are available to the community include emergency assistance, food pantry, sewing and weaving, adult literacy, computer literacy, and family budgeting assistance.

Specific Needs

  • Case management database
  • Need identification of best practice information for database info
  • Re-entry best practices/ recidivism??
  • Client intake and retention
  • Life coach program recruitment and retention
  • Grant writing
  • Technology upgrading
  • Statistic gathering

Research Questions

  • What are best practices for indentifying information for database info?
  • What are best practices for re-entry and recidivism?
  • How can they best appeal to clients and increase their retention?

Unity House of Troy, Inc.

Unity House was established in 1971 with the mission to make life better for those who are underprivileged in the Capital Region. Based in Rensselaer County, they provide a wide variety of services to meet the needs of the people in the surrounding area. They serve those who in living in poverty, adults who are mentally disabled or have HIV/AIDS, victims of domestic violence, and children with developmental delays. Their goal is to achieve social justice in their community and give people a better understanding of those they serve.

Specific Needs

  • Board evaluation
  • Volunteer recruitment ( wants VISTA admins)
  • Database management/organization
  • Need help with unpaid budget crisis