As an arm of Creating Housing, C.O.A.T. has three paid employees:

Carol Davies, COAT Program Director (left)

Michael McCarthy, Mental Health & Addiction Peer Support and Harm Reduction (center)

Heather Denherder, Mental Health & Addiction Peer Support and Harm Reduction (right)

  • We assist people who are experiencing homelessness or are housing-unstable.
  • We’re a collaborative initiative, working with C.H.A.N.C.E, Community Services Consortium, and others.
  • We work with area agencies to connect folks with services and housing.
  • We provide intensive case management when help is needed accessing resources.

Our outreach team distributes food, hygiene, and medical supplies, and provides assistance accessing services. Teams go out every Monday and Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM* and Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. We focus on building relationships and treating everyone with dignity, respect, and compassion.

*On days forecast to be 90 degrees or above, we will go out from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

In January of 2023, COAT team staff and volunteers participated in the annual Point In Time count for Linn County. Every year, each county conducts this count to help determine where to concentrate their resources. As well, important demographics and comparisons to the previous years are collected and analyzed.

As shown in the graph, this year’s count showed a significant increase in the numbers of unhoused individuals in Linn County.

Our COAT team along with the entire Creating Housing Coalition members and volunteers are working to provide lasting solutions and help alleviate homelessness in our community. Please join us!

Creating Housing Coalition


Crossroads Communities

Community Services Consortium

Jackson Street Youth Shelter

Second Chance Shelter

Albany Helping Hands Shelter

Family Assistance & Resource Center

Visit our resources page for a complete list of service agencies and organizations available in the Albany area.

  • Shelf-stable food, i.e. canned goods,
    cereal, granola bars, crackers, juice boxes, etc.
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
  • Combs
  • Lip Balm
  • Lotion
  • Band-Aids
  • Hand Sanitizer

Contact Program Director Carol Davies at 541-704-7280 or email at to schedule drop-off or pick-up.

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