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Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress. This morning we focus on Joseph’s House & Shelter in Troy, NY. Kevin O’Connor is the Executive Director.

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   A new report says progress is being made on reducing homelessness in the four counties of western Massachusetts.

HUD New England Regional Administrator David Tille announces grant to Vermont
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The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Vermont a $2 million dollar grant to help reduce youth homelessness in the state.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of  -- and fosters collaboration between -- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place. Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This week we feature Family Promise of the Capital Region. We are joined by Executive Director of Family Promise of the Capital Region, Mary Giordano; and Chaplain of the Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Americas, Fr. Frank O’Connor. Fr. O’Connor founded Family Promise of the Capital Region and is currently vice-president of the board of directors.

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U.S. Senators from Maine and Vermont say they have reintroduced a bill designed to combat youth homelessness and provide help for young victims of trafficking.

  The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation partnered with WAMC in the 2018 Winter Fund Drive to donate support to Joseph’s House and Shelter in Troy, NY. 

Executive Director of Joseph’s House Kevin O’Connor, joins us.

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A plan to build a permanent emergency homeless shelter in Saratoga Springs has gotten the green light after months of delays. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief LucasWillard was at Monday night’s decisive meeting.

Burlington City Hall
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During a recent meeting of the Burlington City Council, the panel heard a report on homelessness in the city and reviewed a possible ordinance on unruly behavior, which some considered related.

Marist College Students Highlight Homelessness

Nov 3, 2017
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As part of National Homeless Awareness month, students at a college in the Hudson Valley will take part in a “sleep out.”

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On a single night in January more than 1,200 people in Vermont were homeless.  The annual Point in Time count of homelessness report issued this week found an overall increase across the state with some regional differences.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Janine Robitaille, Executive Director of the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) in Albany joins us to discuss their mission to address the needs of the homeless and low-income community by providing a continuum of services to encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment, and stability.

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Shelters of Saratoga, the only year-round homeless shelter in Saratoga, Washington, and Warren Counties, has expanded to allow for more room for services and storage.

Supplies inside a former Code Blue Saratoga shelter
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It seems an emergency shelter for the homeless will remain at its new location in Saratoga Springs this winter despite objections from neighbors.

The Louison House in Adams, Massachusetts
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A housing shelter in Adams is working to reprogram itself after a June fire displaced residents and uprooted its staff.

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The third-floor music hall at Saratoga Springs City Hall was filled for the Public Safety forum on the issue of aggressive panhandling. Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen assembled a panel consisting of the city’s police and fire departments and advocates for the disadvantaged.

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.

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A Homelessness Awareness Night will be held in Saratoga Springs Thursday evening.

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The mayor of the third- largest city in Massachusetts is claiming a victory in a fight over the expansion of a state-funded program to shelter homeless families in congregate housing.

A state board has ruled that the use of single apartments to “co-shelter” multiple families is a violation of the city’s of Springfield’s building codes and has “life safety implications.”   The city cited a nonprofit social service agency for residential code violations after inspectors discovered 3-4 families to a single apartment in several buildings in one neighborhood.

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The number of people who identify as homeless in a Vermont town has fallen since last year and improved Vermont's overall homeless rate.

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During a time that saw a record number of homeless families in Massachusetts receive emergency assistance from the state, an innovative jobs program is credited with helping hundreds move out of the shelters for good.

In its second year in operation in western Massachusetts, the Secure Jobs program for homeless families provided job placements for 128 people. A job that pays a living wage is an essential step toward stable housing, according to advocates for ending homelessness.

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Community leaders in Saratoga Springs are seeking to establish a Code Blue program, just days after a woman succumbed to the elements outside the Saratoga Senior Center on a freezing night.

During the recent cold snap, 54-year-old Nancy Pitts died outside the Saratoga Senior Center. Now officials are working to prevent similar deaths in the future.

Mayor-elect Joanne Yepsen is leading the charge to establish a Code Blue program in Saratoga Springs. During a Code Blue alert, emergency shelters open their doors to anyone when the temperature dips below 10 degrees.

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Recession-era unemployment insurance benefits are set to run out for at the end of the month as lawmakers in Washington make progress in passing the first balanced budget in four years. In the meantime, Massachusetts has provided funding for employment programs for the homeless.

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A donation of $45,000 from Berkshire Health Systems will secure overnight crisis beds in Pittsfield this winter.

At a meeting today in Chicopee ,top federal and state housing officials praised a newly released plan for expanding access to housing in a large area of western Massachusetts.

The report by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is the first effort to create a regional housing plan that covers 43 diverse western Massachusetts communities including impoverished urban centers, well-off suburbs, and rural sparsely populated towns. 

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Organizers of a walk this weekend in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, hope to raise funds to support stable housing for area residents in need.