HOPE FOR TOMORROW

St. Catherine’s Center for Children awarded 3-year, 1.2 million dollar federal grant for homeless services

St. Catherine’s Center for Children awarded 3-year,  1.2 million dollar federal grant for homeless services

St. Catherine’s Center for Children, in partnership with Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) and Capital Area Peer Services (CAPS), has been awarded a three-year, 1.2 million dollar grant from the federal government to provide services for homeless adult men and women struggling with histories of mental health disorders or substance abuse. The grant was awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

St. Catherine’s Center for Children, AHP, and CAPS will share $400,000 a year during the life of the grant, providing outreach, case management, and research and evaluation to measure the effectiveness of services provided. The new program, dubbed Project Connect, will include intensive efforts to reach out to homeless adults on the streets and to engage those individuals with case management services and other benefits. Through collaboration with Capital Region

Health Connections, case managers will support enrollment in mental health, substance abuse, and health services. A critical element of the program will be an effort to identify and address barriers that hinder long-term stability for homeless individuals receiving services. 

“The application process for this grant was extremely competitive, with organizations from around the nation seeking support for their homeless programs,” said Frank Pindiak, St. Catherine’s interim executive director. “St. Catherine’s was one of 30 agencies nationwide to be awarded this grant. Our selection as a Capital Region grant recipient not only recognizes our strong history of service to the homeless community, but it also indicates faith and trust in St. Catherine's ability to continue providing services at the very highest level.”

 St. Catherine’s Center for Children has provided services for the homeless for more than 30 years. Its Marillac shelter, which is capable of serving up to 24 families at a time, is Albany County’s only shelter designed exclusively for homeless families. In recent years, St. Catherine’s has expanded its scope of homeless programs to serve homeless adults in and around the Capital Region.