VISTA Relocation Guide
Does the Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows Program provide housing? Where do I live?
No, the Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows Program does not provide housing, but we do provide a wealth of information to get you started on finding the best housing to fit your needs. For many VISTA Fellows, this is the first time they are relocating from home or finding an apartment on their own. Don't worry! We are here to help each person find safe and affordable housing in a desirable location. When you go apartment hunting, keep in mind a few important tips:
- Typically, you will be asked to sign a 1-year lease. At the time of signing, you will be expected to pay a security deposit (typically the worth of one month's rent) and one full month's rent.
- Some VISTA Fellows work with landlords that will agree to do shorter leases or no lease at all. In these cases, it is always good to at least get something in writing that documents the amount of rent you pay per month, your address, and payment agreement. This documentation comes in handy when VISTA Fellows apply for food stamps or other social services. In general, signing a lease or agreement is a good idea because you will be able to protect yourself if something unexpected happens or goes wrong.
- All VISTA Fellows should consider getting renter's insurance. This can usually be purchased through a car insurance company.
- Sometimes a landlord or complex requires proof of employment. To receive this type of documentation, please contact Assistant Director Yalitza Negron.
Below are some recommendations of previous VISTA Fellows who have lived in these locations:
What mass transportation is offered in the area?
Many VISTA Fellows find it most convenient to have a personal vehicle during their service year, however, not all VISTA Fellows are able to have a car or afford utilizing one. VISTA Fellows without a car utilize Albany City's buses as well as regional mass transit options. Below is a list of transit options for VISTA Fellows in the Capital Region area:
Here are some more tips and tricks for transportation during your VISTA year of service:
- Live near your service site! Living within walking or biking distance of your service site will not only cut down on your need for a vehicle, but save gas if you have one.
- The bus that stops at Siena College is ROUTE 182: Troy-Cohoes-Latham-Albany Schedule
- Buy a CDTA bus pass and SAVE! They can be purchased directly through CDTA's website or at a local grocer - Price Chopper or Hannaford.
- Get a Price Chopper Advantage Card and get gas and bus pass discounts!
- Don’t be afraid to ask for a carpool! As a team, carpooling among the VISTAs is often an option.
Banking in the Capital Region
The Albany area has both local and national banks including:
Feel free to contact our team who will be helping support you as you transition to the New York Capital Region! Also, check out our frequently asked questions page.