Construction begins on emergency homeless shelter for young men in Utica

The hope is for the building to open in October or November this year.

Posted: Apr. 23, 2019 12:53 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Construction has begun on a building that will offer an option for at-risk boys.

Grady's Way is an emergency homeless shelter for young men located at 1404 Genesee Street.

Grady's Way will provide a safe living environment where the boys can learn critical life and job skills, get mentoring and counseling.

The ultimate goal is for the youth to find stable living arrangements, and not be on the streets.

“They're invisible youth that are homeless and there is nothing in our county and nothing in our city for adolescent boys of that age group for emergency housing, so we knew it was a clear need,” said Denise Cavanaugh, the executive director for Catholic Charities.

The hope is for the building to open in October or November this year.

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