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Serving Homeless Veterans-Albany Housing Coalition In Albany NY

Updated on September 24, 2014
Albany Housing Coalition/ahcvets.org
Albany Housing Coalition/ahcvets.org
ahc(left), independent transitional home (center), and family housing (right).
ahc(left), independent transitional home (center), and family housing (right).

Protecting Those Who Served Our Armed Forces

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the organization serving homeless veterans - Albany Housing Coalition Program in Albany, NY have been for many years providing services for the needs of homeless Veterans that served in the United States Armed Forces.

The Albany Housing Coalition provides safe supportive living housing for homeless and disabled homeless veterans in its limited space residences.

There are a small number of affordable apartment living residences for homeless veterans that are transitioning back into the community. They also provide counseling and help veterans seek stable employment.

AHC recently began training mentors across 7 counties in the greater Albany area to work with the VetTrak Treatment Court in the 3rd Judicial District Court System. VetTrak Treatment Court is a program for Veterans who face non-violent criminal charges and are dealing with service related mental health issues, post traumatic stress and substance abuse.

An Unspoken Bond Brings Comfort

Veterans from each branch of the Armed Services including Marines, Army, Navy, Air force, Coast Guard, and National Guard have what can be known as an unspoken bond that is second to none.

No matter the race, color, religion or gender the commitment of having served in the US military can bring veterans together in the form if unity and friendships.

Each man and woman accepted the commitment to serve their country proud with country coming first. Homeless veterans can find comfort talking with other veterans that are willing to help bring back the happiness and joy that they once had from years gone by.

Brothers in Arms speaks for itself and with the shaking of a hand, the acceptance of a hug, or a friendly smile can make the all difference in the world when its coming from one vet to another.

This special bond can not be explained for each veteran had a unique experience while serving in the military and is only felt and experienced among veterans who served. The Albany Housing Coalition in Albany, NY provides such a place for rebuilding life and friendships.

There is a staff of individuals with their primary purpose is to help veterans, homeless veterans and disabled veterans find the available resources that can meet their needs.

Sipping coffee from a box
Sipping coffee from a box

Picking Up The Pieces

Getting ones self back on stable ground after becoming homeless is not an easy page to turn in the book of life and this can take many days, months or years before a new beginning can be started.

Some homeless veterans never turn the page and the final outcome is either prison or death.

Some or most of the homeless veterans don't even know about what services are available within their own communities, villages, towns or cities.

Most of the homeless are only concerned with a hot cup of coffee or a warm bowl of soup to make it through the day searching for a blanket to stay warm in the night to come.

Once a homeless veteran lands safely with a veteran program it is then that the life changing opportunities begin to resurface. Working closely with programs like the AHC homeless veterans program veterans are able to become self sufficient and move on to live productive lives.

As a former homeless veteran myself understanding the struggles that many of our homeless veterans deal with on a daily basis means to me being grateful for having a place to sleep at night and wake up to something to eat.

Homeless Veteran Housing Albany

Albany Housing Coalition Inc.

278 Clinton Ave.

Albany, NY 12210

PHONE: 518 465-5251

FAX: 518 465-6499

EMAIL

General Information or comments

admin@ahcvets.org

Website: http://ahcvets.org

Veterans Helping Veterans
Veterans Helping Veterans

Vets Helping Vets

The numbers are growing for the services available for vets helping vets all across the United States. More are needed in rural communities that span across America.

These services were needed because of the overwhelming increase to the numbers of United States Veterans that after serving in the US military found themselves homeless.

The help that is essential to making it possible for homeless veterans to transition back into the community is sometimes a forgotten saga.

Thanks to the concerns of fellow United States veterans over the recent years and for programs like the Albany Housing Coalition the numbers of homeless veterans have been starting to decline.

At the bottom of this article is a small listing of important links to some of the veteran resources available today.

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A markerAlbany Housing Coalition Inc.Serving Homeless Veterans Since 1993 -
278 Clinton Ave, Albany, NY 12210, USA
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278 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12210-1442 (518) 465-5251

B markerNew York State Capital -
Albany, NY, USA
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New York State Capital

C marker Stratton VA Medical Center-Albany, NY -
113 Holland Ave, Albany, NY 12208, USA
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113 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY‎ - (518) 626-5000‎

1 Mile Walk

The Albany Housing Coalition is 0.7 miles from the NY Capitol Building. Public Buses in Albany,NY stop in front of the Capitol and through out the cxity of the capitol region.

The Stratton VA Medical Center-Albany Veterans Hospital is 1.7 miles from the capitol and 1.5 miles from the AHC (Albany Housing Coalition).

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    WoodsmensPost 7 years ago from Arizona

    Thank you Joe. The Albany Housing Coalition helped me when in need and I wanted to show my appreciation by writing a good article so that others that may know someone who is in need of help after reading this article may be able to give that person some direction to get back on their feet and help them find veterans services. I have been linking the article to other sites not only for recognition of the article but for the content and what it means. AHC is a small part of the big picture that can help many across not only the USA but the world. Thanks again WoodsmensPost

    Thanks Denise Handlon for your kind words about the hub and the hubnugget nomination

    :=)

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    Joe Sluszka 7 years ago

    On behalf of the folks at Albany Housing Coalition this is the best thank you I can think of! It touches my heart and I am grateful you are helping us to get the word out, especially to our returning veterans.

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    WoodsmensPost 7 years ago from Arizona

    It is sad Zsuzsy Bee what's worse is the returning veterans from the current wars some of which are still blindsided and end up homeless dont realize the country has provided help for them for life, for the service they gave for the country. They just didn't get the information. I was out of the military 24 years before I found out much of what I know today about veterans benefits. I'm trying to do my part to help the next generations. Thanks

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    Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

    What a great hub, filled with compassionate information. Thanks for sharing. Good luck in the hubnugget contest.

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    Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    How sad that this type of housing is necessary anywhere. In my opinion the veterans should be looked after well, no matter when and where.

    Great hub and congrats on the nomination.

    kindest regards Zsuzsy

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    WoodsmensPost 7 years ago from Arizona

    Thanks elayne001 and thank you for taking the time to read through some of the links. Awareness is what helps bring strength to forgotten issuses or causes.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    So sad to see so many veterans homeless. Good links. Congrats on the nomination and good luck.

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    WoodsmensPost 7 years ago from Arizona

    Thanks ripplemaker, This hub is on a subject and in an area of the United States that I personally was able to use their services in time a of need. I wanted to show my appreciation by writing something good back about the Albany Housing Coalition and the homeless program. After 1 year in a transitional housing program I was able to stand strong on my own and gain full time employment. I'm hoping that this finds a few brothers/sisters in need and that maybe one day too can put their lives back together Thanks again WoodsmensPost

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    Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    This is a very helpful and awesome hub. Thank you for writing about this one. :)

    Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. To all who would love to vote for this hub, hurry click this please: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/The-Hubnuggets...

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    WoodsmensPost 7 years ago from Arizona

    travel_man1971: I am glad you find the time to chat with Grandpa. He probably loves to tell a story or 2 about his time in the military often times these stories are held onto until the time is right to share and some stories never get retold. Telling a time of an experience can help him also rememebering the good and bad times of how he made it to where he is today. Thanks for reading my Hub :+) WoodsmensPost

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    WoodsmensPost 7 years ago from Arizona

    HEy Thanks Money Glitch, being you are a Army brat I am sure your family is aware of the problems that homeless vets can be faced with. Some is mental problems other is drugs or alcohol to cope. Many just gave up on the struggles of everyday living "normal" because of experiences in their life and they know how to survive with out having very much. Thanks for the support

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    Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

    War veterans, all shaped our world to be peaceful and be feasible to live without the lurking dangers around each country, especially in the US homelands. I have so much respect on them.

    My grandfather was a veteran, too, and I don't want him to be homeless here in the Philippines. I always like his war stories and the struggle to make our country in peace. Serving and offering the homeless ones an 'elderly homes' should be the priority of the government, aside from private citizens and charitable institution to provide all the benefits accord to them.

    Two thumbs up and congratulations on your nomination!

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    Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

    Awesome hub, but unfortunate that there are homeless veterans. In my opinion our country should treat our vets so much better than what it does. Thanks for sharing and congrats on being nominated to the HubNugget Wannabe's for this week. Good luck to ya! From an Army brat (dad, uncles, and brother all served) that is rating this hub up! :)

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    WoodsmensPost 7 years ago from Arizona

    Thank You Duchess OBlunt, yes often the veterans are the last one to get the information on where they need to go in the area that they ended up homeless. Some just don't know where to turn to next. Thanks to programs like "Stand Down" which was just in my area this month that was started by Vietnam error vets helps across the nation and the word is getting out and the help is getting recognized finally to continually help homeless soldiers of the past and present.

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    Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

    Great hub with some very good resources for Vets. The vets themselves will not likely read this, but here's hoping many who do will pass this on and the word will spread. I visited some of the resource sites you have listed. It's good to have that information handy.

    Good hub, I'm glad it made it as a HubNugget Nomination. Good luck

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    WoodsmensPost 7 years ago from Arizona

    Ipeoney: the current news links at the very bottom of this article help show some of the progress that is being taken to find out what is needed to help the population of homeless veterans in the USA on a daily basis. Thanks for voting and commenting

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    Ipeoney 7 years ago from USA

    Helping the Veterans is the right thing to do. Most survivors in wars have invisible wounds. It takes courage for a soldier to ask for help. Good Hub and congratulations on your hubnugget nomination

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    WoodsmensPost 7 years ago from Arizona

    4youreyes: Homelessness is often overlooked by many especially during the holidays when so much money is spent. Some of our proudest Americans struggle to find a blanket or jacket and some couldn't find the nearest VA facility if you took them to the front gate. There is much effort going on to get the medication or drug and alcohol treatment that many need to help bring their lives back to normal. Many americans will never hear the story of a homeless vet who protected the country but could not manage to keep a home or job after serving. Thanks for the kind words :-)

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    4youreyes 7 years ago

    This hub tells of a great need that far to many Americans are not aware of or choose to ignore.We as Americans should do are part to help a vet even if it's just a hot meal or cup of coffee.Thank-you for the hub.

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    WoodsmensPost 7 years ago from Arizona

    Thats nice and a great looking site. I also see Veterans Aid in the UK has many supporters for UK veterans in need.

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    Alison Graham 7 years ago from UK

    We have a big campaign in the UK called Help for Heroes. People are raising a lot of money for our servicemen so awareness is rising here too.

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    WoodsmensPost 7 years ago from Arizona

    Thanks Alison, the over all awareness has been starting to increase do to the homelessness statistics data, world economy and recent wars over the last decade. I hope it is the same on your side of the Atlantic also. Peace

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    Alison Graham 7 years ago from UK

    If this hub gets the information to just one homeless veteran about where they can get real help, you will have done a fantastic job. I hope that anyone reading this who lives in the area will print out your hub and take it with them to give to anyone who may need it. All our servicement deserve more (on both sides of the Atlantic).

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    WoodsmensPost 7 years ago from Arizona

    Thank You SimoneSmith for commenting and reading. I hope the information will reach others who are need of help.

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    Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

    This is a fantastic hub and overview of the Albany Housing Coalition. Thanks so much for sharing the info!