Saratoga County Homelessness Intervention & Prevention

Saratoga County has a new and innovative approach to address to homelessness in light of COVID-19 that ushers in unprecedented levels of community collaboration and a multi-sector approach, and CAPTAIN Community Human Services is leading the initiative.

On March 27, 2020 Congress passed and President Trump signed H.R. 749, the CARES Act.  Included in that legislation is an emergency allocation of $4 billion to be used specifically to address the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness, that have arisen as the result of COVID-19.  For Saratoga County, this allocation amounted to $2,491,437.  Under the direction of, and in collaboration with, Saratoga County Department of Social Services (DSS) developed a comprehensive community-wide plan to implement the funding with 9 different non-profit organizations, and named CAPTAIN Community Human Services as the lead agency tasked with coordinating those programs and services.

CAPTAIN CHS is partnering with the Saratoga County Department of Social Services and eight local nonprofits to offer the following services:

  • Increasing on-the-street presence of training professionals through Street Outreach
  • Strengthening and supporting Emergency Shelter services, including support for the Code Blue program
  • Providing swift access to permanent housing for homeless individuals and families through Rapid Rehousing
  • Providing financial assistance to curb evictions through Prevention Services

Services Offered by Agency:

Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York:  Prevention Services

The Prevention Council:  Street Outreach

RISE Healthy Housing and Support Services:  Emergency Shelter, Rapid Rehousing, and Street Outreach

Salvation Army Saratoga Springs Corps:  Prevention Services, Emergency Shelter, and Street Outreach

Saratoga County Department of Social Services:  Emergency Shelter

Shelters of Saratoga:  Emergency Shelter, Rapid Rehousing, and Street Outreach

Veteran & Community Housing Coalition:  Prevention Services and Rapid Rehousing

Wellspring:  Emergency Shelter