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HAC is in the midst of major renovations at our SRO housing program. Thankfully, NYS HHAC approved renovations related to life/health safety of tenants which includes new floors, new HVAC units, new ductwork, a new sidewalk, etc. These renovations were crucial to the safe operation of our housing. We are pleased to work with 3t Architects and Bishop Beaudry Construction. However, HAC always falls short of operating funding and continues to have to raise over $100,000 per year for our operating budget. At the same time as construction is occurring, we need to purchase other things ourselves in order to efficiently operate. We just purchased a new kitchen refrigerator which cost $3400 as ours died last week and it was more cost effective to purchase a new one since the old one was over 13 years old. In addition, the entire building needs to have a new smoke detector system installed as the life span of our current one is 10-12 years and they are over 13 years old. The cost for a new system is $7400. There are new locks needed on tenant doors, which cost $400 each. As you can see, we are in need of raising even more than the $100,000 that we typically have to raise. Other costs have also increased such as insurance, health insurance, gas, van repairs, etc. Yet donations continue to be down. For those new readers, HAC's SRO housing continues to be a vital component in Albany's housing for the homeless. HAC's SRO housing makes a critical difference in the lives of our tenants. We provide permanent housing for up to 30 people who had previously lived on the streets and who are all alcoholics. The SRO is low-demand housing, a unique housing program in Albany which means tenants are not required to be sober or participate in treatment. However, we have found that providing tenants with a place to live has helped them improve sobriety and the quality of their lives. HAC's Outreach Van continues to operate seven days per week from 2-10pm. The Outreach Van provides food, clothing, blankets, referrals, case management services, and transportation to individuals who are sleeping on the streets or in local shelters. HAC is in need of an office volunteer weekly in the afternoon, who has office experience. Other volunteers are needed for the HAC Van, especially in the evening from 7-10pm but other times are also needed. We were extremely pleased when we tallied our sobriety statistics for 2011 in preparation for our Annual Dinner. In 2011, seven tenants were sober 95-100% of the time! We have a tenant who will be reaching his 3rd year of sobriety on December 27th who has worked really hard at maintaining his sobriety! We congratulate him and the other tenants who have been doing so well in HAC's housing! One tenant has six years sober who had daily paramedic and police calls prior to this and another tenant has four years sober! It is especially difficult for tenants to maintain sobriety in housing when others come home each night intoxicated. It is through their determination and hard work that they are able to stay sober! We would like to thank HAC supporters for all you have done for people who are homeless throughout the past year. Many of you have financially supported our organization this past year through donations as well as volunteering your time. We are extremely grateful for this support. We realize that it may be difficult for everyone to give but we are hopeful that our supporters will be able to come through and help us at this difficult time! We wish each of you happy holidays and a peaceful and joyous new year! -by Donna DeMaria

PLEASE HELP HAC DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! Any donation, whether it is large or small, will help HAC with our programs and in meeting our fundraising goal for the year. Please consider giving a holiday donation in the name of a family member or friend and HAC will send your loved one notification of your gift. Our 2013 budget requires that we raise $110,000 in private donations- an overwhelming burden that will be extremely difficult to accomplish! Costs continue to rise at HAC- health insurance, liability insurance, worker's comp, heat, electricity, food, and gas. Can you help us out with a generous contribution? Perhaps you can consider becoming a monthly sustainer. Monthly sustainers donate a certain amount each month. HAC's work with people who are homeless fills a critical gap in our local community. -Thank you!


___ Enclosed is my donation of: ___ $100 ___ $50 ___ $25 ___ Other: $_______ ___ I am interested in becoming a monthly sustainer for $_______. ___ I would like to volunteer for: __________________________________________. ___ I can volunteer weekly in the office in the afternoons. I have office experience. Name _______________________________ Phone ______________________ Address ______________________________________________ Zip ____________ Please make checks payable and mail to: HAC, 393 N. Pearl Street, Albany, 12207.

Homeless Action Committee, Inc. 393 N. Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED


ANNUAL DINNER REPORT In October, HAC's 13th Annual Dinner was held and raised $11,000!!! Honorees were NYS Assemblymember Jack McEneny ­ progressive NYS Assemblymember representing the City of Albany for 20 years. Assemblymember McEneny has been a supporter of HAC's since its inception. He endorsed our SRO housing program before it opened in 1999 and has written letters of support every year. He participated in our Annual Sleep-a-thon almost every year for the past 19 years. Mike Emmons - HAC's SRO Program Assistant since May 2011. Mike has been a phenomenal employee. He is reliable and always willing to help with shift coverage. Mike has a great rapport with tenants. He always does every task thoroughly. Whenever Mike works, everything is in fully capable hands, able to be handled without worry. Georgia Fishburn, Mary Ann Denninger­ Georgia & Mary Ann have been involved with HAC since 2009, always coming through with helping with fundraisers, collecting Christmas gifts for tenants, etc. St. Sophia's Ladies Philoptochos of Society (LPS) (Friends of the Poor)- The LPS has also been a great supporter of HAC's by making sandwiches for the van, donating toiletries, socks, etc. In addition, tenants were recognized for their accomplishment of obtaining increased sobriety and stability in housing. Over 70 people attended the Dinner to celebrate HAC's 23 years of dedication to improving the lives of people who are homeless. Thank you to honorees, HAC's supporters and attendees! HAC will soon begin organizing our Sleep-a-thon in the Park, which will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013, which is our largest fundraiser. Individuals and groups obtain sponsors for spending at least one hour in the park. This past year's Sleep-a-thon raised almost $15,000!! Please look for our upcoming mailing & save the date!

Special Thanks to Dinner Program Booklet Advertisers/Auction Donors

HAC would like to thank the following organizations/companies for their support of HAC by taking out an ad in our Program Booklet for the Annual Dinner: Policy Research Associates; Dunbrook Mobil; Lubbe & Hosey, PC; Equinox; Capital District Community Loan Fund; the College of St. Rose; The Addictions Care Center of Albany (ACCA); World Wide Gas Turbines; CSEA; Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany; Martin, Harding & Mazzotti; Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY; and 25th Hour Accounting. HAC thanks Allegra Design*Marketing*Print for printing our program booklets this year, Mary Ann Denninger for referring us to them and Curtis Canham for designing them. HAC would also like to thank donors to our Silent Auction: Delmonico's Steakhouse; Jack's Oyster House; Outback Steakhouse; El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant; Sam's Italian & American Restaurant; Cheesecake Machismo; Gus's Hot Dogs; Manning's Menu; Pizza Mare; New World Bistro; La Serre; Stewart's Shops; Bongiorno's Restaurant; Chipotle; Chocolate Gecko; Carrabba's; Honest Weight Food Co-op; Mamoun's Mideast Café; The Daily Grind; Trader Joe's; The Cheesecake Factory; Barcelona Restaurant; All Good Bakers; Bromley Mountain; Catamount; Liberty Ridge Farms; Zero Gravity; Crossgates Mall 18; Madison Theater; The Spectrum Theatre; Playdium Bowling Center; Olympic Lanes, Menands; Comedy Works; Lake George Steamboat Co.; SPAC; The Albany Institute of History and Art; the Broken Mold, Troy; Tri-City Valley Cats; Tiana Maron; the Center for Natural Wellness; Yoga Loft; the Hot Yoga Spot; Lark St Flower Market; Hoffman Car Wash; Glenmont Car Wash; Capital Cities Imported Cars; Frank Salamida; Maryanne Schrank; Jan Gallas; I Love Books; Lark Tattoo; Aurora's Boutique, Troy; Linda Karlson; Lynn DeMaria; St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church; River Rocks; Heidi Wiedmann; Kathy Paulsen; Rumors.


- Men's shaving cream - Shampoo - Soap/ body wash for men - 2" shaving razors (not single blade) -Men's clothing: sweatshirts; jeans; winter boots; winter jackets; white cotton crew socks -Men's winter gloves (no leather please); Men's winter hats - Tuna - Cans of soup - Coffee (not instant) - Mayo, mustard, ketchup

-A weekly OFFICE volunteer who has office experience and is available in the afternoons.



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