Community Resources

Based out of our Front Door location at 2431 Sixth Avenue in Troy, Community Resources provides crisis intervention, counseling, emergency food, clothing and housewares, homelessness prevention, pregnancy care, laundry, shower facilities, help with SNAP benefits, holiday food baskets, and gifts for children at holiday time. 

Community Resources Programs

  • Emergency Assistance

    Emergency assistance is provided to help people meet their basic needs. This assistance can help to prevent an eviction or loss of utilities through negotiated agreements with property owners or utility companies, budget planning, and direct financial support.

    Please try to call (518) 274-2607  if you have a need, or drop in.

    If you have a donation of groceries or wish to drop off a gift for the pantry, please call (518) 274-2607, or drop in.

  • Food Pantry/Basics for Babies Pantry

    The Food Pantry provides three-day supplies of food, diapers, formula and baby food to parents in need.  Annually the Pantry provides a holiday meals program, providing groceries for complete Thanksgiving and Holiday dinners for families.

    Please call (518) 274-2607 about picking up groceries from the pantry, or drop in.

    If you have a donation of groceries or wish to drop off a gift for the pantry, please call (518) 274-2607.

  • Unity on the Move

    Have you seen the Unity House van? It is outfitted with food pantry goods and other life essentials.

    Staff assess needs and make connections to local services, including help at Unity House in applying for SNAP benefits, homelessness prevention assistance, and referrals to domestic violence services, childcare, housing, or employment supports.


    Monday: Watervliet on the first and third Monday’s of the month

    500 16th Street, Watervliet, NY 12189
    The Eugene J. Hanratta Apartments, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    1545 Broadway, Watervliet, NY 12189
    Hudson Shore Plaza, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Tuesday:  Cohoes on the first and third Tuesdays of the month

    10 Cayuga Plaza, Cohoes, NY 12047
    Cohoes Library, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Wednesday: Hoosick Falls

    24 Main St., Hoosick Fallls, NY 12090
    Hoosick Falls Police Department, 10:00 – 3:00 pm

    Thursday: Troy and Albany on the first and third Thursdays of the month

    6 102nd Street, Troy, NY 12182
    Unity House’s Kathryn Allen Building, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    50 Philip Street, Albany, NY 12207
    A Child’s Place at Unity House, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

    On the second and fourth Thursday of the month:

    One Stop Convenient Store
    29 Northern Drive, Troy, NY 12182, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Friday: Rensselaer

    Rensselaer Public Library
    676 East Street, Rensselaer, NY 12144, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Renwyck Place
    18 Fourth Street, Rensselaer, NY 12144, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

    Please note this schedule may change. For questions about the van schedule, please call (518) 274-2607

  • Community Meals & Resource Center

    Community Meals serves a free, to-go lunch on weekdays. All are welcome at Unity House’s Front Door at  2431 Sixth Avenue in Troy. Lunch is served from noon to 1:00 pm, enter through the South side entrance.

    Volunteers are always needed. Consider contacting the Volunteer Desk at (518) 274-2607 x4135 or for more information.

  • ReStyle Thrift Store

    For those with an emergency need for clothing, please call us at (518) 274-2607 or drop in and we will arrange help.

    ReStyle is open weekdays from 10 am – 2 pm.

    ReStyle is Unity House’s thrift store. The store offers new and used clothing, shoes, and accessories for the whole family at low prices. ReStyle offers items by acting as a “broker” among people who have items to donate and people who have a need for those items. Individuals with an urgent need and no resources to purchase items can seek assistance through our emergency assistance department.

    ReStyle gladly accepts cash or Visa/MasterCard/American Express for payment. All Sales Final. ReStyle cannot accept returns or exchanges.

  • NOEP Coordinator to help with Food Stamps

    NOEP = Nutritional Outreach and Education Program Unity House has a NOEP Coordinator:  (518) 274-2633 ext. 4108.

    The Unity House NOEP Coordinator, Karen McKenzie, offers free, confidential services to help people get nutrition assistance. The coordinator can assist with certification and re-certification of SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps. The coordinator position is made possible in partnership with Hunger Solutions NY,  a program that manages NOEP in nearly every county in New York State and throughout all boroughs of New York City. To find a NOEP Coordinator in a county other than Rensselaer County, please visit the website for Hunger Solutions NY.

    If you need help, please CALL (518) 274-2607 so we may have a confidential conversation over the phone.