About Homelessness

Tens of thousands of New Yorkers are homeless on any given night, including over 200 in the Saratoga region. Over 33% of families in Saratoga County are experiencing financial hardship and at-risk of homelessness. The impacts of COVID have exacerbated food, housing and employment security for families and individuals.

Read more about the: IMPACTS OF COVID

Four Main Causes of Homelessness

LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING

POVERTY

UNEMPLOYMENT

LOW WAGES

Saratoga Area Homelessness

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poverty rate

number of people facing homelessness

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of households struggle to make ends meet

people sheltered at SOS since 2004

NYS Homelessness

people face homelessness in NYS

are single adults

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of households struggle to make ends meet

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poverty rate

Solutions

BASIC NEEDS AND SHELTER

Shelter provides people with overnight accommodations, food security, and the opportunity to work on housing and financial stability in a safe and supportive environment. We currently operate a 33 bed year-round shelter and Code Blue emergency shelter which is open when overnight temperatures drop below 32 degrees.

OUTREACH, PREVENTION, HOUSING

The CARES ACT Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) provides assistance for individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness and have been impacted or affected by COVID-19 to remain in or obtain permanent housing, while providing assistance with supportive services. ESG-CV supports comprehensive programs that are designed to help maintain and improve the quality of homeless support services to include; street outreach services, emergency shelters to provide shelter and care, rapidly rehousing individuals and families, and avert evictions and prevent homelessness as a result of health, economic or other impacts from COVID-19. ESG-CV assists organizations to meet the costs of operating programs that provide these comprehensive supportive services.

Shelters of Saratoga is one of 8 agencies in Saratoga County who is providing services through the CARES ACT-ESG-CV grant. Learn more about outreach.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE

Emergency Rental Assistance is available to tenants impacted by COVID-19 and keeps the most vulnerable families in their homes. SOS staff is assisting tenants and landlords with completing applications for rental arrears and utility assistance. Learn more about rent and housing.

SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

Supportive housing is affordable housing with onsite services that help formerly homeless, disabled tenants live in dignity in the community. Supportive housing is permanent and affordable: All tenants hold leases and pay about a third of their income in rent. The residences are owned and operated by nonprofit organizations and are accountable to their city, state, and federal funders. 

In New York State several capital and operating programs are available to help people facing homelessness secure housing. The Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP) provides capital grants and loans to not-for-profit corporations, charitable and religious organizations, municipalities and public corporations to acquire, construct or rehabilitate housing for persons who are homeless and are unable to secure adequate housing without special assistance. 

The Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) and New York State Supportive Housing Program (NYSSHP) provides funding for supportive services.

Shelters of Saratoga was awarded HHAP and ESSHI funding for 9 supportive housing units expected to open in 2023. Learn more about rent and housing.

References:

1-Saratoga region homelessness and shelter availability: Point-in-Time Count 2021 
2-New York and Saratoga County poverty and ALICE threshold data: ALICE Report 2020