Emegency Assistance Programs
CAPTAIN CHS operates multiple emergency assistance programs, including:
Our Family Assistance Program provides one-time, emergency financial assistance for individuals and families experiencing a hardship or crisis that could leave them without heat, shelter, or other essential needs. Emergency rental or utility assistance is available to those residents of Southern Saratoga County who have received a notice of eviction, are at imminent risk of losing their housing, are literally homeless, or are facing a utility shutoff.
FEASST is a coalition of faith communities, partnered with CAPTAIN CHS to work together to meet the needs of those facing crisis. Together, we pool resources to better provide and coordinate efforts for those in need, particularly for needs that cannot be met through traditional support programs and services. FEASST has expanded to include a new chapter in Northern Saratoga County.
Located at CAPTAIN CHS' Clifton Park office (5 Municipal Plaza, Suite 3), the pantry is open to any member of Saratoga County who is in need of food or hygiene products.
Our Solutions to End Homelessness Program (STEHP) is a NYS-funded program to help individuals and families facing a housing crisis. The goal of STEHP is to keep people in our community stably housed. The funding provides financial assistance for those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in Saratoga, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties. For more information or to find out if you qualify, please contact our STEHP Program Manager at 518-371-1185 for Saratoga County, or 518-729-8249 if in Fulton or Montgomery Counties.
Please note that, because of the high demand for financial assistance, clients may only receive help once every 12 months. If you are in crisis, we may be able to connect you with other programs and services offered by CAPTAIN CHS or our community partners.
The Saratoga-North Country Continuum of Care (CoC) Membership is dedicated to preventing and eliminating homelessness while ensuring that an effective system of care and services is in place to respond to the needs of at-risk and homeless individuals and families. CAPTAIN CHS is a member, and Executive Director Andy Gilpin sits on the Board. The Saratoga-North Country CoC includes the Counties of Saratoga, Hamilton, Washington, and Warren.
The purpose of a Continuum is to:
- Promote community wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness.
- Provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness.
- Promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs for homeless individuals and families.
- Optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
The coordinated entry process in Saratoga-North Country is designed to prioritize applicants for homeless services with the first phase focusing on permanent supportive housing and transitional housing. This process is not intended to determine acceptance into a program; it is meant to prioritize community services based on need. CAPTAIN CHS is the lead agency for Coordinated entry through the CoC.