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Last fall, Troy resident Dan Griffin lost his job, car, and apartment while tending to his postpartum fiancée, Kayla Dzembo, and premature son, Jackson, at Albany Medical Center.
Falling on hard times, the now-40-year-old father and 26-year-old mother lived at the Josephs House throughout COVID-19 with Jackson and their 3-year-old son Jordan.
During the experience, the couple claimed to experience harsh conditions, had their sons witness beatings and drug use, and allegedly received meager support from family advocates to find housing.
Rensselaer County Department of Social Services told the family that their short history of houselessness and poverty limited them to qualify for a $700 housing allowance.
In September, DSS requested Griffin, unemployed, to pay $144 a week for lodging to stay at the shelter. He refused.
The couple claimed that a Josephs House family advocate failed to bridge communication with a state administrative tribunal for a fair hearing over Griffin’s refusal to pay DSS. Missing the hearing, the family lost a chunk of public assistance benefits and were evicted from the Ferry Street unit.