The Homeless Action Committee hosted an event in downtown Albany on Friday to raise money for the homeless and for people to experience what it’s like living on the streets.
The initiative, called “One Night Without a Home” and formerly the “Sleep-a-thon,” called on participants to spend at least one hour in Townsend Park. The event ran from 5 p.m. to midnight, with a rally held at 9 p.m. downtown.
Funds raised from the event went to the Homeless Action Committee’s outreach program, which provides clothing, food and transportation to homeless people in the area.
The program raised more than $20,000 from last year’s event with about 100 participants. This year marked the organization’s 21st annual fundraising event.
The Homeless Action Committee operates with a $500,000 annual budget, which relies mostly on public donations. About 95 percent of the budget goes toward housing and resources for the homeless.
According to the organization, each year the city of Albany has between 2,000 and 4,000 people living on the streets, with an increase in homelessness in the Capital Region.