Staying At the Shelters – an overview

image courtesy of google images and is owned by James Willamor (Flickr)

image courtesy of google images and is owned by James Willamor (Flickr)

First thing to know is that you MUST go to the DSS office. They will refer you to a HATAS {Homeless and Travelers Aid Society} worker. HATAS will then refer you to the shelter, providing you are eligible.

There are four primary shelters in the city of Albany, an Emergency shelter in Albany operated from November through April, a shelter in the city of Troy, one in Schenectady, one in Amsterdam, plus a drop in center for the homeless in the cities of Albany & Schenectady.


Capital City Rescue Mission

259 South Pearl Street, Albany, New York

(518) 462-0459

wake up is at 6:00 a.m, check in at 5:00pm, curfew is at 8:00pm

Meals served at 6:30, 12:00, and 5:30 (must attend chapel to eat dinner)


176 Sheridan Avenue, Albany, NY

(518) 434-8021

wake up is at 7:00 a.m, check in is at 5:00p.m., curfew is at 9:00p.m.

Meals served at 7:30, 12:30, and 5:00

St Charles Lwanga Center

115 Grand St, Albany, NY

(518) 465-4973
wake up is at 6:00 a.m, check in is at 5:00p.m., curfew is at 8:00p.m.
meals served at 6:30, 12:00, and 5:30
Mercy House (women only)
12 St Josephs Terrace, Albany, NY
(518) 434-3531
The Emergency Overflow Shelter
First Lutheran Church, 646 State St, Albany
open for guests from 7pm-7am, 7 days a week.
Sheridan Hollow Drop-In Center
26 South Swan Street, Albany, NY
(518) 694-8899
M,F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30p.m., Tues-Thurs 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
daily meal at 3:00
A daytime safe haven.Services include: Daily meal, showers, laundry facilities, case management, life skills groups, mailbox, lockers, clothing pantry, access to telephone, computer and fax and opportunity to meet regularly with onsite providers.

Joseph’s House and Shelter

74 Ferry St, Troy, NY

(518) 272-2544


City Mission of Schenectady

425 Hamilton Street, Schenectady, NY

Bethesda House of Schenectady

418 Liberty St., Schenectady, NY
Days only A daytime hospitality and safe haven open to all.
Services include, but are not limited to clothing, laundry facilities, phone, mail boxes, food pantry and a safe haven/drop-in center for socialization. Bethesda house also provides a 3pm meal (Mon-Fri).
Interfaith Shelter, Amsterdam
218 East Main St. Amsterdam, N.Y.
or call interfaith partnership for the homeless Albany office at (518) 434-8021

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