The Catholic Charities Housing Office emergency shelters focus on assisting the clients to creat a new lifestyle. The shelters continue to enhance the quality services they provide for the men and women.

Changing Lifestyles in the homeless shelters via:
Groups and one on one sessions
Cooperate Extension: Budgeting, smart shopping, Cooking to stay healthy. Facilitated by Kim Hall (weekly)
Capital District African American Coalition on AIDS: PEER leadership development program. (weekly)
New York State Aids Council: 4 to 6 weeks workshop prevention, intervention, self awareness, life choices, self esteem, learning to take charge of our lives etc. Facillitated by Loretta Blitsen
Spirituality: Getting in touch with the beauty within. Facillitated by Sally Maclachlan alternate week Sandy Williams (weekly)
Arts and Crafts: therapeutic approach from ashes to something, women learn to draw, crochet and paint facillitated by Pat Pasternak (Twice a month)
Writing workshop: facillitated by SUNY students (Once a month)
The community has embraced the shelters year around with special get togethers with the clients such as: Pepsi Arena and the Palace Theater donating tickets for shows also Individuals, colleges, churches, Banks, Corporations and companies from the tri-cities have donated next to new clothing for men and women in the shelters and CCHO single resident occupancy housing.
Starting again with love: The tricities community has been very generous in donating furniture and household items assisting individuals and families to furnish their apartments.



Mercy House

Wish List:

Towels and Wash clothes

Toothpaste & Toothbrushes



Office Cabinet (5 shelves, 2 drawers)

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38 beds 174 Units 23 Low-Income Units

For Women:
Mercy House- 19 beds
Manager of Emergency Services: Amy Lacey
31 Walter St., Albany
Ph: (518) 434-3531
Fax: (518)426-1276

For Men:
St. Charles Lwanga Center - 19 beds
Manager of Emergency Services: Amy Lacey
115 Grand St., Albany
Ph: (518) 465-4973
Fax: (518)449-3348

Read more about our shelters

DePaul Residence
- 50 units
Site Manager: Shyron Sanford
504 Central Ave
Albany, NY 12205
Ph: (518) 482-3248
Fax: (518) 482-0826

St Peter's Residence & Annex
- 51 units
Site Manager: Michael Finocchi
2335 Fifth Ave
Troy, NY 12345
Ph: (518) 273-3291
Fax: (518) 273-3169

Waldorf Residence
46 units
Site Manager: Don Arnold
29 Maiden Lane
Albany, NY 12207
Ph: (518) 465-2612
Fax: (518) 465-2614

27 units
Housing Program Manager: JoAnne Bragonier
52 Maple Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
Ph: (607) 436-9250
Fax: (607) 432-7329

Read more about the SROs

(518) 459-0183

Lexington Avenue,
9 apartments
from 1-4 bedrooms in size.

Third Avenue
8 apartments from 1-3 bedrooms in size

Clinton Avenue
2 apartments both 2 bedrooms in size

Broad Street
2 apartments - 1 studio and one 2 bedroom

N. Allen Street
2 Apartments - both 3 bedrooms in size

Read more about the family apartments

Deborah Damm O'Brien, Executive Director
Thomas Coates, Director of Operations


41 North Main Avenue
Albany, New York 12203
. p. 518.459.0183
. f. 518.459.0202
7-1-1 for voice/speech relay