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Homelessness is the condition of people without a regular dwelling. People who are homeless are most often unable to acquire and maintain regular, safe, secure and adequate housing, or lack "fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence.

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New York Housing Search .Gov

NYHousingSearch.Gov is a free public services provided by the NYS Division of Homes and Community Renewal (HCR). 

The fast, easy-to-use, free search lets people look for rental housing using a wide variety of criteria and special mapping features. Housing listings display detailed information about each unit. The service also provides links to housing resources and helpful tools for renters such as an affordability calculator, rental checklist, and information about renter rights and responsibilities.


Runaway and Homeless Youth

Youth and young adults who are living on the streets or who do not have consistent, stable housing are highly vulnerable. Homelessness is not just a problem in cities; young people in suburban and rural communities also face homelessness. They are often trying to escape neglect, abuse, conflict in their homes, forced work, sexual exploitation, and intolerance of their sexual gender/identity.

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Advisory Committee, comprised of community and state agency representatives, advises OCFS on matters pertaining to the administration of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.

There are several types of RHY facilities: runaway and homeless youth crisis service programs, interim family homes, and Transitional Independent Living Programs-group residence or supported residence.


Schenectady County B-HOME Interactive Resource Locator

The B-HOME interactive resource tools have been created to help Schenectady area residents find resources located in and around the Capital District. The resources are organized and maintained by the Schenectady County Center for Juvenile Justice. The purpose is to give Schenectady area residents one location where they can locate main different services and agencies within Schenectady County and nearby areas. There are four options to explore:

  • Online Resources - Online resources and hotlines are used for resources that do not have a physical location such as yearly community-wide events, online communities, and hotlines.
  • Interactive Resource Map - The map utilizes technology to provide information about resources based on location. Categories of resource information on the map include Physical and Mental Health; Victim Services; Education, Child Care, and Youth Services; Housing, Food, and Clothing; Community Resources; Disability and Senior Services; Employment; Government; Legal and Financial Assistance; and Veterans.
  • Events - Featured upcoming events in Schenectady County and around the Capital Region are displayed on the event calendar. To add events to the calendar, contact the Youth and Family Engagement Coordinator


This federal website provides interactive tools and other resources to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, implement, and participate in effective programs for youth on a wide range of topics.

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council