Updated: April 21, 2021 06:59 PM
Created: April 20, 2021 08:06 PM
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple called Tuesday one of the best days of his career. It's one year after he turned part of the jail into housing for the homeless in a program called the Sheriff's Homeless Improvement Program.
Current resident Alexander says he never thought he’d go to a jail for help. Now he stays here, takes advantage of the programs, & goes to work every day. Story tonight on Channel 13 pic.twitter.com/gopUhgieeJ— Kumi (@KumiTuckerWNYT) April 20, 2021
Sheriff Apple says 64 people have come through this program in its first year. It's more than just a place to sleep. There's a veterans pod inside the walls, and a place for people to learn parenting skills, computer skills, and trade skills.
One year after the Sheriff's Homeless Improvement Program began, partners celebrated its success. SEFCU gave a grill, and President Michael Castellana personally donated $20,000 to help graduates with things like security deposits.
Hear a graduate and a current resident of the program explain how it helped turn their lives around by watching the video of Kumi Tucker's story.
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