St. Anne Institute has opened its Bishop Howard J. Hubbard Hall Basic Center Program through grant funding provided by the Department of Health and Human Services and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for the Solutions to End Homelessness. The program will provide temporary shelter and counseling services to run away, homeless youth less than 18 years of age. Housing services in an 8-bed, safe, easily accessible shelter will be provided. St. Anne’s CEO, Tony Cortese said, “the goals are to increase young people’s safety, social and emotional well-being, self-sufficiency, and help them build permanent connections with families, communities, schools and positive social networks. It is my hope that we can truly make a difference in the lives of these young people.”

The Center is located at 160 North Main Avenue in Albany on the St. Anne Institute campus. St. Anne is a highly regarded agency with 130 years of experience serving homeless youth, foster care youth and youth in the juvenile justice systems.

The shelter will serve homeless, runaway youth under the age of 18 who might otherwise end up in the law enforcement, child welfare, mental health or juvenile justice systems. The target population is primarily located in the City of Albany but it can serve youth within the Capital District.