Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

Unity House of Troy

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

March 2014

Grant Amount

$250,551

Grant Date:

October 2009 – December 2012

In the wake of the recession, nonprofit organizations in the Capital Region of New York experienced unprecedented increases in demand for services (in both volume and intensity) while simultaneously struggling with steep declines in revenue.

A range of factors contributed to falling revenues, including low Medicaid rates; reductions or loss of State grant funding and contracts; delays in securing client benefit eligibility; and lower levels of charitable giving and philanthropic support.

To address these shared challenges, a group of organizations—Unity House of Troy, ClearView Center, Equinox, Mohawk Opportunities, Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties, Transitional Services Association, and Warren-Washington Association for Mental Health—developed a plan to collaborate on a regional approach to service delivery. These organizations provide a range of client-centered human services, such as mental health, substance use treatment, and social service, and collectively serve 20,000 clients in rural, suburban, and urban settings across a wide swath of upstate New York, including Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Warren, Washington, Columbia, and Greene counties. The seven agencies formed the Hudson River Consortium, which was later renamed Hudson River United Services.

In 2010, NYSHealth awarded Unity House of Troy $250,551 to fund this regionwide collaboration.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Explored partnership options and developed a model for regional collaboration;
  • Established a common vision and an approach to collaborative planning;
  • Agreed to create a nonprofit management services organization in January 2011, which was approved by the agencies’ respective boards of directors and named the Hudson River United Services (HRUS); and
  • Created a website to describe the partnership and provide links to the founding agencies.