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Short-term services to give you a boost.

JumpStart services provide short-term, intensive help to City of Albany residents hardest-hit by the pandemic. Our Community Resource Advocates provide hands-on assistance to address issues that make a real difference in health including housing, food, and financial insecurities. We break down barriers, connect people to resources, and build a foundation for future success.

We believe that a successful recovery effort must focus on improving the well-being of city residents, especially those who were already marginalized, disadvantaged, or underserved, and we work toward repairing longstanding racial and social inequalities. By working together and lifting up those most in need, our community becomes stronger and healthier.

Click here to read the first edition of our JumpStart Journal newsletter.

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What We Do

Community Resource Advocates perform a first-day assessment of a client’s immediate health, safety, food, and community support needs. We team up with existing providers and community resources to meet concrete service needs such as food, shelter, accessing public assistance, Medicaid, transportation, and more. The 6-week program is designed to position participants for long-term success by breaking down barriers and building pathways to better health.

Who Is Eligible

JumpStart services are available to any City of Albany resident with preference given to those needing the most assistance in improving their social determinants of health (housing, food, transportation, child care, utilities, employment and education, personal health, and personal safery).

Getting Started

Residents can be referred through family, friends, government agencies, and community providers, as well as by self-referral. Services are always voluntary and driven by an initial screening and the resident’s personal goals.

For more information, contact:
Penny Miller
JumpStart Team Leader
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This project is supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP1752 awarded to the City of Albany, NY, by the U.S. Department of Treasury.