St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers Receives $5.56 Million to Establish Supportive Housing Program
St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers, based in Saranac Lake, recently received a $5.56 million capital grant from the New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation to establish an 18-unit supportive housing facility in Malone, NY. to house 20 adults who are in recovery from addiction and ten children all of whom are homeless, or are at high risk of becoming homeless.
St, Joseph’s CEO, Bob Ross, believes this addition to the agency’s continuum of care is fundamental to healing from addiction and adds, “St. Joseph’s facility represents the first program of its kind in Franklin County and helps to highlight the need for such services as clinical outcomes prove that supportive housing contributes greatly to sustained recovery.”
The initiative will also provide such services as care management, life skills, consumer education, and educational counseling. North Country Community College will partner with St. Joseph’s to provide a variety of course work for residents in the first-ever housing program in the State to provide onsite classrooms.
The site chosen for the project is the former Sisters of Ursuline Convent, an historic 19th-century brick building and one of the more attractive landmarks in the city, located at 90 Elm Street. Although the building will be fully renovated, its existing multi-unit floor plan, and proximity to services including the nearby St. Joseph’s Malone Outpatient Clinic, make the location ideal for the facility.
The facility will also be within walking distance of the Franklin County Department of Social Services, which will be an active partner in the project and will be a major source of referrals to St. Joseph’s for both single adults and families in crisis.
Franklin County Court Judge Robert G. Main, Jr., whose grandparents once resided at the address, says of the project, “I am truly thrilled for St. Joseph’s and for the recovery community, as well as for Malone which I believe will come to realize the value of this service in the community. I know that my grandparents who made 90 Elm Street a vibrant home would be pleased that it will be maintained and used in such a positive way. And I know that the Ursuline sisters will be delighted as well.”