Posted at: 12/19/2013 5:13 PM
Updated at: 12/19/2013 9:05 PM
By: WNYT Staff
This is the old building that will be used for transitional housing.
Photo: Rich Frederick / WNYT
ALBANY - An abandoned building in Albany has a new look and a new purpose -- and it is helping the city's homeless.
The former shirt factory, built 125 years ago, will now provide transitional housing for the Capital City Rescue Mission.
The center at 95 Trinity Place has 30 apartments meant for people who have been getting their lives back on track and are starting to transition out of the homeless shelter.
“They're taking their places in churches in this area. They're buying from places in this area. They're living in the city and that is not homeless housing really anymore, that is transition to full independence,” said Perry Jones, the executive director of the Capital City Rescue Mission.
The building is also providing a new and bigger space for the mission's clothing store, Blessingdales, which provides clothing, free of charge, to mission residents.
The second floor has a meeting room, learning center, classroom space and counseling rooms.