Hillcrest House & Webster House - Poughkeepsie, NY

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28 Snow Terrace
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
: (845) 452-5197
: http://www.hudsonriverhousing.org/

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Description: Webster House - The Gail V. Webster Memorial Shelter for the Homeless (formerly DCCH)
Webster House is an emergency overnight shelter for residents of Dutchess County, open every night of the year.  Dutchess County adults (age 18+) seeking shelter must come to the screening site at 29 North Hamilton Street in the City of Poughkeepsie by 7:00 PM. After a brief screening, those accepted are transported to Webster House. All guests are expected to abide by a general set of rules of good behavior. Individuals that threaten the safety of others (such as those exhibiting violent behavior or under the influence of alcohol/drugs that seriously impair their normal abilities, etc.) are not accepted at the shelter. Shelter guests returning on a regular basis are required to participate with Hudson River Housing case managers in a personalized program focused on independent living and permanent housing. Webster House can accommodate up to sixty individuals.Hudson River Lodging – Gannett House Program
Gannett House addresses the basic needs of homeless individuals and families that are placed in emergency housing at Hudson River Lodging, located at 389 Manchester Road in LaGrange. Individuals and families must apply for placement through the Dutchess County Department of Social Services. Gannett House provides meals, transportation, 24-hour security, and other immediate assistance a family or individual may need as they adjust to their temporary living situation. Once immediate needs are addressed, Gannett House Case Managers assist participants in overcoming the issues that led to their homelessness in accessing needed community resources and in working toward their goals, including transitioning to more stable housing.

After-Hours Emergency Placement (AHEP)
HRH facilitates emergency placement of adults and families who find themselves homeless due to non-disaster related circumstances and outside of the regular business hours of the Dutchess County Department of Social Services. (The American Red Cross should be contacted at (845) 471-2000 for assistance when homelessness is related to a disaster, such as a fire.) AHEP services can be accessed by calling (845) 471-8454 after 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday and anytime Saturday, Sunday, or holidays when the Department of Social Services is closed.

Transitional Housing
Hillcrest House
Hillcrest House offers a supportive environment with 60 units of housing for adults transitioning out of homelessness. Residents may stay at Hillcrest House for up to two years, and during their stay they must pay monthly rent (based on their income) and participate in Hillcrest House’s on-site meal plan. Each resident is assigned a Case Manager to assist them in obtaining community services/resources and in pursuing their goals of achieving greater self-sufficiency as they move toward more permanent housing. Interested applicants must complete an application and participate in a screening process and an interview in order to be accepted at Hillcrest House.

Hudson River Lodging – LaGrange House House
Lagrange HouseThe LaGrange House Program provides case management services for individuals and families residing in transitional housing units at Hudson River Lodging. LaGrange House is targeted toward households that are transitioning out of homelessness and, with the assistance of Lagrange House Case Managers, are actively working toward self-sufficiency goals including movement to more permanent housing. Due to the size of the LaGrange House units, occupancy is limited to no more than five household members, and at least one member of the household must be over age 18. Residents are responsible for their own meals and pay a monthly rent, which varies based on unit set-up (with or without kitchenette). While the LaGrange House Program is designed to be transitional, the units are leased on a month by month basis and there is no maximum time limit for participation in the program. LaGrange House applicants must complete an application and participate in a screening process and interview before being accepted.

Nonresidential Services
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

The primary aim of the supportive services available as part of the SSVF Program is to help Veteran families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.  Support services include case management, linkage to available resources including VA benefits, housing location, and other housing stabilization services.  In some cases, short-term financial assistance for rent, security, utilities, moving costs, transportation and other emergency needs may be provided as part of a plan to increase the participant’s housing stability.  Additional requirements must be met and eligibility verified, before financial assistance can be provided. Head of household or their spouse must be a Veteran, and gross household income must not exceed 50% of Area Median Income (AMI). All those seeking to participate in the program must undertake a screening.

Follow Through Program

The Follow Through Program assists homeless families that are temporarily housed at Hudson River Lodging to move to permanent housing and avoid the recurrence of homelessness. Funding is available through the program to assist with security and initial rent, thereby expediting movement from emergency to permanent housing. Follow Through Case Managers work closely with families for a year following their stay in temporary housing, helping them to adjust to the demands of successfully maintaining permanent housing. Limited rent subsidy funds are available when a family experiences a financial emergency that would jeopardize their ability to pay rent and keep their housing. Follow Through Program participants are referred by Gannett House and the Department of Social Services.

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