Specialized Support Services

Homeless Outreach and Services

Do you need assistance with housing or other services? We’re here to help. Contact us 24/7 at (845) 452-0019.

Apply for Housing

Our Outreach Teams are on the streets in the City of Poughkeepsie every week, connecting people that lack a stable living environment to resources and services.

Webster House Overnight Emergency Housing

Overnight emergency housing is available 365 nights a year.

To access housing, come to the screening site at 150 North Hamilton Street in Poughkeepsie by 6:30pm.

Street Outreach

Our Street Outreach team is available to help those struggling with homelessness by providing referrals, resources, support, and access to shelter.

If you are aware of someone in need and would like to get in touch with our Street Outreach team, contact (845) 625-9581.

NEW! Housing Resource Center and Project PorchLight

Located at 310 Mill Street in the heart of downtown Poughkeepsie, our new Housing Resource Center provides housing navigation, care management, and referrals for those struggling with housing insecurity.

The Housing Resource Center also features Project PorchLight, an outreach and drop-in site for the homeless, where you can escape the cold or heat, use restrooms and showers, and receive support with housing.

For information, contact (845) 337-4407.

photo by Surprise Photography

New York State Emergency Housing Voucher Program

If you or someone you know is currently experiencing homelessness and in need of rental assistance to move into an apartment, the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program may be able to help you. Applications must be submitted by September 24th, 2021. For more details, please see below then email jstengel@hudsonriverhousing.org or call (845) 337-4407 ext. 403

Eligibility Criteria and Application Process

Application Phases:
Phase 1: August 16, 2021 to September 3, 2021
Phase 2: September 6, 2021 to September 24, 2021

Priority 1 definitions for phase one:

  • Households facing chronic homelessness
  • Homeless families with children 18 years of age or younger
  • Households fleeing or attempting to flee:
  • Domestic violence
  • Dating violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Human trafficking
  • Households participating in Rapid Re-housing programs

Priority 2 definitions for phase two:

  • All individuals and families classified as meeting any of the conditions listed in Phase 1

Vouchers issued before 9/30/2023 will remain assisted through the EHV program through 9/30/2030.

To apply for the program, please email jstengel@hudsonriverhousing.org or call (845) 337-4407 ext. 403.

We will request that you download and complete this brief referral form with contact information:

Download Application Referral Form

The EHV program is made available with funds from the ARPA.

Services for Youth

Every day, youth come to Hudson River Housing seeking assistance or respite due to family disputes, bullying, or abuse. We offer safe housing, guidance and counseling through River Haven Shelter, a twenty-four hour crisis center and 12-bed shelter for youth under 18 that provides safe housing and counseling for vulnerable youth and their families, and strives to divert young people from court involvement and out-of-home placement.

River Haven also offers services for older youth, including the River Haven Transitional Living Community, a supervised transitional housing program for youth up to age 21 in need of safe housing. Services are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, and we will do whatever it takes to make sure that any youth who comes to us in need of assistance is made to feel safe and welcome.

Emergency Shelter & Crisis Intervention

River Haven Youth Shelter offers emergency housing and support services for runaway and homeless youth and young people who can otherwise benefit from short-term or respite housing due to family conflict or emergency, risk of court placement, or other issues.  The River Haven Shelter is certified by New York State to house youth under age 18.

Staff are available 24/7 to handle requests for housing, and provide related services including: referrals, information, counseling and crisis intervention for adolescents and their families.

For more information or assistance, call (845) 454-3600 or text (845) 293-0118.

Independent Youth Housing

River Haven TLC (Transitional Living Community) provides youth a safe living environment through which to pursue their goals and learn life skills necessary to live independently.

Housing is available for young adults transitioning from homelessness. Residents must apply to the program and undergo a screening process. Other apartments for young adults are available with private landlords, and include care management services offered by Hudson River Housing.

For more information or assistance, please call (845) 452-0019.

Human Trafficking Prevention

If you or someone you know is in a situation involving force, fraud, or coercion, trapped in a relationship, or feels exploited, help is available by contacting:

Hudson River Housing’s River Haven Program
Call: (845) 454-3600
Text: (845) 293-0118

Dutchess County Crime Victims
Call: (845) 452-7272

National Human Trafficking Hotline
Call: 1-888-373-7888

Services for Veterans

Hudson River Housing believes that those who served our country deserve the highest level of care, including quality, affordable housing. We are here to meet the needs of our veteran community through specialized housing, transportation, advocacy and care management.

Through our VetZero Services for Veterans, we’re on a mission to reach ZERO veteran suicides and ZERO veteran homelessness in our community – and hopefully, in our nation. But we can’t do it without your help! Read more about our services for veterans below, and make a contribution to VetZero today.


Announcing "The Low Road: Walking the Walk for Veterans," a memoir by Tommy Zurhellen.

All net proceeds from the limited VetZero Heroes Edition will benefit Hudson River Housing’s VetZero Heroes Program to help veterans, and it includes special exclusive features:
  • Hear the voices of the amazing folks Tommy meets in their own words, in a special After/Words section
  • See photos in a special book insert, and receive an exclusive link from Hudson River Housing to view all the amazing pictures from Tommy’s adventure online
  • All copies signed by the author, and include a special message from Hudson River Housing Executive Director Christa Hines

“The Low Road” is now available to all customers for direct purchase exclusively from Hudson River Housing!

Purchase The Book

Please note that books will begin shipping the week of April 11th. 

VetZero Heroes Making Heroes

VetZero Heroes Making Heroes is a social enterprise food business operated by Hudson River Housing. Heroes Making Heroes provides employment, training and mentorship to local veterans who have experienced homelessness, along with other formerly homeless individuals facing barriers to employment.

Heroes Making Heroes offers a menu of affordable hero-style sandwiches sold locally at farmers markets and local events and through catering services. 

Where to Find Us:

Mondays – Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market 3:00-6:30pm

Thursdays – Arlington Farmers Market 2:00-6:00pm (starting June)

Catering Services:

We offer catering for private and corporate events! Look to us for your next informal get together.

Contact Us:

Reach us at (845) 891-6034 or heroesmakingheroes@hudsonriverhousing.org

For the latest updates follow @HRHousing on Facebook and join our mailing list to be the first to know when and where you can support Heroes Making Heroes and enjoy our delicious sandwiches!

Join VetZero Heroes Mailing List

Heroes Making Heroes is supported by Marshall & Sterling Insurance, the Farm Fresh Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, private donors, and our customers! Thank you!

VetZero Heroes Driving Heroes Ride Program

Many of our veteran residents and community members cite transportation to and from important meetings, such doctors appointments or work interviews, as one of the greatest barriers to their leading a healthy and successful life.

To help solve this problem, we created the VetZero Heroes Driving Heroes Ride Program which provides free car rides for local veterans to useful destinations such as the Veteran Affairs County Office and Castle Point Medical Center.

For more information or to request a ride, call 833-VET-ZERO.

The VetZero Heroes Making Heroes Ride Program is supported in by the Jeannette F. Schlobach Fund of the Community Foundations
of the Hudson Valley and private donors. Thank you!

Housing for Veterans

Liberty Station offers a supportive living environment in the company of other veterans. Units are single room occupancy, with shared kitchen and bath facilities.

Garden Street Housing offers low-cost housing with a preference for female veterans, with private baths and shared kitchen and common areas.

Poughkeepsie Commons is a 72-unit apartment complex that offers 24 one-bedroom apartments exclusively for veterans.

The first step is to complete our Universal Housing Application. 

Apply for Housing

Veteran Specialist Care Manager

All our staff are well-equipped to help address your needs. However, we know that being a veteran can bring complex challenges. Our Veteran Specialist Care Manager is available by referral basis to help you navigate housing, healthcare and benefits.

Contact us at (845) 452-0019 for more information.

Elder Care Services

Seniors are an important part of any community, and offering quality care and affordable housing are priorities we value. We are grateful to have received a grant from The Field Hall Foundation to pilot an elder care program for low income seniors and those who are experiencing homelessness, to connect them to housing, and help them remain stably housed.

Affordable Senior Housing

Cannon Street Senior Housing is affordable housing for active adults age 55 or older. The residence is conveniently located in downtown Poughkeepsie in close proximity to healthcare, pharmacy, grocery, municipal, and public transportation services.

Maybrook Gardens in Orange County provides 36 units of project-based section 8 housing for seniors 62 and older or individuals 18 and older with disabilities.

Elder Care Services Coordinator

Our full-time Elder Care Services Coordinator works on-site at Cannon Street to compassionately assist residents with their day to day needs, as well connecting them to valuable resources to help them thrive.

For more information about our Elder Care Services and housing options, contact us at 845-392-6903.