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The Adirondack Youth Lodge serving youth who have serious and persistent symptoms caused by a designated mental illness diagnosis.The Adirondack Youth Lodge serving youth who have serious and persistent symptoms caused by a designated mental illness diagnosis.

This program follows a “housing-first” philosophy by providing individuals with the basic needs associated with safe, stable and affordable housing. Meeting these basic needs provide a solid foundation to manage health, personal finances, diet and other daily supports.

The MRT Supportive Housing program serves individuals enrolled in Health Home and may include families with minors under the age of 18. To qualify individuals must:

  • Be enrolled in Medicaid
  • Be homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • Meet criteria to show high Medicaid utilization.

This program serves individuals in Franklin, Essex, Clinton, and St. Lawrence counties and provides temporary rental assistance combined with case management services. This program focuses on those who have had at least five ER visits, or two inpatient hospital stays within a 12-month period.

The program also benefits the community by reducing Medicaid utilization and lowering the potential for emergency room usage and hospitalization.

How to apply:

Contact a Citizen Advocates housing counselor to apply. Housing counselors can assist individuals to establish a lease, acquire funds for furnishing an apartment, create connections to safety-net programs, and find other services that help meet health needs or activities of daily living.

Clinicians, case managers, or any provider can make a referral to the program by downloading and completing the following application and consent form. Directions for submission are included on the application


To learn more, reach out to Cheryl Blanchard, Community Living Manager, at 518-651-2270 or by e-mail at or your Health Home Care Coordinator.

General contact: (518) 651-2290.

Need help navigating our community housing & living services?

At Citizen Advocates, we work as a team to provide the best individual, person-centered services to the people we serve. Care coordination assists clients with identifying and accessing the services that will assist them in addressing the problems they are experiencing, or that will help them to achieve a higher quality life or level of functioning.