Jackson Street has opened its second overnight shelter. Albany House will provide youth with much more than just a safe place to sleep at night and warm meals.
Albany House is located in the old Salvation Army teen center across from Eleanor Hackleman Park. An anonymous supporter has purchased the house at 1240 7th Ave. so that Jackson Street can begin serving youth while raising annual operating funds and money to purchase the site. Jackson Street already has $200,000 in federal, state, and city support for the first year of the shelter. We were able to remodel the building throughout the fall with the help of a Community Development Block Grant provided by the city of Albany. We celebrated our opening on August 6, 2015.
Jackson Street welcomes donations of money and housewarming gifts of needed supplies.
Other ways to get involved:
- Donate to support vulnerable youth. Any amount, $20, $50, $100, $1,000 or more, makes an impact for youth in need. Mail checks to PO Box 1984, Albany OR 97321 or donate online by credit card
- Have your church, service club or business adopt a room and supply wish list items and service time. Call our Development Manager, Catherine Huang, at 541-360-0862.
- Fill out an application (available on the website) to volunteer as a mentor or tutor.
Jackson Street helps homeless youth and those youth at risk of homelessness problem-solve, stay in school, and whenever possible, stay with or reunite with their families or other guardian.
- Linn County School Districts reported 988 homeless students in the 2014-15 school year.
- About 140 of those students were unaccompanied youth, meaning that they were not associated with a parent or guardian; 102 of those were within Greater Albany Public Schools.
- In 2015, the Linn County Juvenile Department reported over 240 runaway youth.
- Hundreds more homeless youth in our community are hidden or at great risk of becoming homeless.
- Jackson Street provided basic needs and services to over 350 youth in 2014 at our Drop-In Center, the Cornerstone Youth Outreach Center, at the corner of Queen and Elm.