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Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer County rental assistance.

Various rental and housing programs are available in Albany New York and the surrounding capital region. Resources for income qualified low to moderate income families include vouchers, homeless prevention, money for security deposits and emergency rent assistance. Any support is also combined with case management.

Whether it is a charity or government DSS office in Schenectady counties or Albany, the main resources are below. There is also a general referrals line that can direct working poor families to government grant programs for paying a portion of their back rent. Or, another option is legal support or short term placement into transitional housing. As always, if the low income tenant can’t find what they need from a resource below, there are other programs that can offer rent help.

Mohawk Opportunities
201 Nott Terrace
Schenectady, NY, 12307
Main phone - (518) 374-8424
The non-profit will help the homeless as well as mentally ill find, and pay security deposits or first months rent, on housing in the capital region.

Schenectady Inner City Mission
Main office - 1055 Wendell Avenue
Schenectady, New York, 12308
Phone -  518-374-2683
Loans are available for paying security deposits. The applicant needs to have a source of income and not be on public assistance.




Schenectady Community Action
913 Albany Street
Schenectady, NY, 12307
Tenants and low income families in need can apply for rent, energy bill assistance, section 8, and other forms of financial aid, including lower interest rate loans. Case management is also provided to end the cycle of homeless and poverty. If needed, read more emergency loan programs.

Housing Solutions of Rensselaer
2331 Fifth Avenue
Troy, NY, 12180
Telephone - 518-272-6012
Residents facing evictions or the homeless can apply for financial aid or referrals. They also help families and senior citizens find and maintain permanent housing.





Department of Social Services (DSS) – There are offices in each county. The programs range from shelter to  emergency rent help, benefits, and grants from TANF. The phone numbers to call for information on Homeless Intervention Programs (HIP) include Albany (518-447-7300), Schenectady (518-388-4400), as well as Rensselaer (dial 518-833-6000).

21 First Street
Troy, New York, 12180
Main phone number - 518-274-7100
The charity supports the capital region. There may be low income apartments for women, the disabled, and children. Clients of the YWCA can also receive rent assistance, case management, and legal aid.

Roarke Center
Location is 107 4th Street
Troy, NY, 12180
Call  518-273-8351 for details.
Emergency aid, information on government grants for rent, deposit programs, and advocacy are just some of the services from the charity.

Albany Housing Authority
270 N Pearl St
Albany, NY
The waiting list phone number is (518) 445-0744
Applications are for section 8 rent subsidized housing. Based on a waiting list, they also offer information on public housing.

United Tenants Of Albany
33 Clinton Avenue
Albany, New York, 12207
For details, dial 518-436-8997
The center supports all counties that neighbor Albany as well, including Rensselaer and the Schenectady area. A hotline can refer clients to emergency loans and rent assistance. There is also landlord/tenant mediation, help for families facing an eviction or foreclosure, and more.




Corporation For Aids Research, Education And Services (CARES)
85 Watervliet Avenue
Albany, New York, 12206
Rent and housing subsidies are only for people impacted by HIV or AIDs.

LASNNY of Capital area
Phone - (518) 462-6765
Lawyers and paralegal provide free advice and support to low income families facing eviction or a foreclosure of their home.

Catholic Charities Housing Office (CCHO)
Main address is 41 North Main Avenue
Albany, New York, 12203
Homeless prevention planning and rehousing is combined with job placement and referrals to grant programs. They also offer accommodations from Single Room Occupancy (SRO).

Non-profit rent and housing programs
Call 1-888-366-3211
Specialists will direct clients to everything from transitional housing to one time, short term rent help.

Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority
375 Broadway # 1
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 386-7000





Capital District Center For Independence
Address is 845 Central Avenue
Albany, New York 12206
Intake number is 518-459-6422
The non-profit only offers information. Learn about rent and energy programs, housing for senior citizens, loans for home ownership, and more.


By Jon McNamara














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