845-473-2500 253 Mansion St Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

The Living Room at Mel’s Place

If you’re homeless (or at risk), struggle with addiction or mental health issues, and need a place to go during the day, Mel’s Place is for you. You get all of the typical benefits of a day shelter—hot showers, food, company, a safe space—but also whatever help is within our power to help you get your life on track.

This support ranges from helping you apply for social services you qualify for (including getting your birth certificate), to referring you to food, housing, support, and employment opportunities. Veterans can also get specialized advice and referrals once a week.


  • Safe haven, hot food, showers
  • Referrals for housing (via affiliates) & employment
  • Mailing address & help applying for housing, food stamps, birth certificate, employment, and social services
  • Emergency support and referrals
  • Support groups and new connections
  • MICA (support for individuals with Dual Diagnosis)

What is program like?

Mel’s Place is both a gathering place and a gateway to support. People hanging out at Mel’s Place are usually focused on staying positive and keeping out of trouble.

Our workers are on your side and ready to answer questions—they aren’t just going to send you somewhere else or put you down. If we can help by paying for your birth certificate or giving you a mailing address to receive it, we’re happy to.

How do I participate?

Mel’s Place is at the Family Partnership Center, 29 North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie. The entrance is at the back of the building, and there’s a smoking area outside. We’re open 365 days a year, from 7 AM to 7 PM—just walk in. There’s a free shuttle to and from the overnight shelter so that you don’t have to worry about transit.

If you’re having trouble finding the entrance or not sure where to go, just walk into the front doors of the Center and someone will be happy to direct or guide you there!

Vernae, Department Manager of Mel's Place
My name is Vernae Johnson. I am the Program Manager for Mel's Place, formerly known as The Living Room Program. I have been here for 11 years and had only planned on 3. But, I LOVE my job. I have a great staff and I enjoy working with the clients. The potential that each client has is truly amazing and is a pleasure working with them.