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Founded in 1983, Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy, NY is a community-based, not for profit corporation that provides a continuum of homeless services to residents of the Capital Region.

Joseph’s House provides emergency shelter or support services to an average of 1700 men, women and children yearly. Central to Joseph’s House mission is to provide non-judgmental services to end homelessness. The staff works to build relationships based on each guest’s & tenant’s strengths and capacities. Treating each person with dignity & respect, and promoting self-determination empowers guests and tenants to make healthier choices.

So, with these unprecedented times, Joseph’s House is working to ensure they are prepared in the face of circumstances which are devastating to the most vulnerable community members. We speak with Executive Director Kevin O'Connor.

Founded in 1983, Joseph’s House and Shelter, Inc. is a Troy community-based, not for profit corporation that provides a continuum of homeless services to residents of Rensselaer County, New York. Joseph’s House offers emergency shelter, street outreach, and support services to homeless and formerly homeless individuals, youth, and families.

They offer non-judgmental services where each guest’s dignity and worth are recognized and respected.

We are joined by Executive Director of Joseph’s House Kevin O’Connor.

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A non-profit group that works with homeless people in Vermont's largest city has a new location where adults can drop in during the day to receive a variety of services.

Shelters of Saratoga
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With temperatures starting to dip, the Saratoga Springs' Code Blue program is open for the season and a new day-time drop-in center hopes to provide the homeless population with a hot meal and access to services.

Shelters Of Saratoga

Dec 4, 2015

Harsh winter weather is rapidly approaching and so is the need for homeless shelters to accommodate the number of homeless and people in need of assistance over the upcoming months. Shelters of Saratoga offers valuable homeless services throughout the year for adults and youth through temporary shelter, mobile outreach, youth services and affordable housing.

To sustain and maintain this vital programming, Shelters of Saratoga is holding a series of fundraising events, the next of which is this coming Monday.

Here to tell us more are Michael Finocchi, Shelters of Saratoga Executive Director and Kelvin Davis, Former Shelters of Saratoga Beneficiary. Kelvin is currently employed by SOS as a Monitor.


As the Massachusetts House begins debate today on a proposed $38 billion state budget, advocates for homeless individuals are lobbying for more funding.  The major service provider for the homeless in western Massachusetts says it is being shortchanged because the state money is not equitably distributed.  

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As the temperature drops, emergency shelters have been opening across the region. But in Glens Falls, one shelter remains closed, as officials work to open the doors.

  Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy, NY provides emergency shelter or support services to an average of 800 men, women and children yearly. 

November is National Homeless Awareness Month and we welcome Executive Director of Joseph’s House Kevin O’Connor, and Rocco DeFazio to the show now to talk about Joseph’s House and the Housing First Approach.


The mayor of New Britain, Connecticut is looking for space to serve as an emergency homeless shelter this winter.

8/18/14 Panel

Aug 18, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain, and College of St. Rose Communications Professor, Mary Alice Molgard.

Topics include:
Rick Perry
Governor Cuomo back from Israel
Schenectady Shelter scrutinized
Obama v. Media


A statewide coalition of 30 organizations that assist homeless individuals in Massachusetts is lobbying the state legislature for an increase in funding.  State funding for their programs has remained stagnant for more than a decade.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with William Miller, executive director of  Friends of the Homeless in Springfield.