“When people have stable housing they no longer need to prioritize finding a place to sleep each night and can spend more time managing their health, making time for doctor’s appointments, and adhering to medical advice and directions. Housing also decreases the risk associated with further disease and violence. In many ways, housing itself can be considered a form of health care because it prevents new conditions from developing and existing conditions from worsening.”
- National Health Care for the Homeless Council www.nhchc.org What is the relationship between health, housing, and homelessness?
Person Centered Housing Options Options Inc. (PCHO) was founded on April 7, 2015 by Nick Coulter and Chuck Albanese who have a combined 25 years’ experience working with the homeless and underserved in the Rochester community. PCHO is committed to following a housing first model in their effort to address and alleviate chronic homelessness within Monroe County New York and the surrounding communities. “Housing First shows that housing interventions can be among the least expensive steps to ensure good outcomes in health, education, corrections, and other systems. It also demonstrates that housing is a necessary platform for people’s well-being in a host of realms—keeping families together, recovering from mental illness, sustaining employment, helping to strengthen a neighborhood, and so on.” http://www.shelterforce.org/article/2755/housing_first PCHO recognizes the complexities involved working with chronically homeless individuals and fully understands that the majority of this population requires intensive relationship and trust building. PCHO is committed to forming these trusting and lasting relationships in order to help individuals out of chronic homeless and maintain permanent housing.
Nicholas Coulter MSW
Nicholas Coulter, MSW, Non-Profit Developer, Organizational Manager and Program Operations Coordinator. Nicholas is originally from Rochester NY. He is a graduate of the School of the Arts, and obtained his bachelor’s degree from SUNY College at Buffalo in Sociology, as well as communications. Nicholas specializes in funding administration, political relationship development, non-for-profit program development and management, marketing aesthetics and overall skill development of a wide variety of teams in the community. Nicholas graduated with a Masters in Social Work from Nazareth College and SUNY Brockport in 2011 and has since developed new social programs at Monroe County and is currently developing a new Non-for-Profit Housing program. Nicholas is a synergist, innovator, and budding entrepreneur that is community focused and globally conscious as we seek to provide technological pathways to efficiency means of delivering service.
Charlie C. Albanese LMSW, MBA
Charlie co-founded Person Centered Housing Options on April 7, 2015. Prior to this endeavor he spent 20 years (1994 – 2015) at Unity Health System. In July 2010 he was named the Director of Community Services at Unity Health System. In this role he oversaw the Health Reach, Health Care for the Homeless Program as well as Unity’s Employee Home Ownership Program. He previously held the position of Manager within the Patient Financial Services Department from 2004 – 2010. He originally joined Park Ridge Health System, the predecessor to Unity Health System, in 1994. Chuck received his bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Nazareth College in 1994, his Master’s degree in social work from Syracuse University in 1997 and his MBA from the University of Rochester’s SIMON Graduate School of Business in 2015. He is a Licensed Master Social Worker. During his time at Unity Chuck was a member within Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) from 2005 – 2015, an active member of Rochester’s Homeless Services Network (HSN) being appointed to the Steering Committee as the Treasurer from 2010 – 2015. Chuck was also active in ABC’s Health Advisory and Head Start Advisory Committee, and a member of the Genesee Corridor Business Association.
Nick Coulter and Chuck Albanese, Founders
1136 Buffalo Road
Rochester NY 14624
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