JERICHO PROJECT Overview
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New York 10001
Target demographics: 1 out of 4 homeless individuals in the U.S. is a veteran. In New York City nearly 3,500 veterans sleep in shelters or on the streets every night. Jericho Project’s two new supportive housing residences for homeless and low-income veterans, the first new housing programs for veterans in New York City in 15 years, will provide 132 new units of supportive housing to veterans by 2011.
To immediately begin housing veterans and their families while the two residences are being built, Jericho has partnered with the James J. Peters Bronx VA Medical Center to launch Jericho’s Veterans Supportive Apartment Program to fast track veterans and their families to affordable, furnished apartments. Jericho will house 40 homeless and low-income veterans through the program.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Jericho will house 40 homeless veterans and their families through its Veterans Supportive Apartment Program in 2010. Both Veterans Residence I and II will open in 2011, and will house a total of 132 homeless and low-income veterans.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help to furnish and decorate an apartment for a homeless veteran so that he or she can move seamlessly from the streets or shelter and into his or her new home!
Geographic areas served: New York City
Programs: Every veteran who calls Jericho home will have access to the full range of its support services, including independent living skills, budgeting, accessing community resources, relapse prevention, family counseling, and crisis management. At a time when the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is 21.1%, Jericho is dedicated to providing extended services to veterans to help them overcome the difficulties they face transitioning from combat service to civilian life as they search for employment.
Our national model combines supportive housing, customized counseling, and ongoing aftercare. This comprehensive model enables at-risk and homeless people to succeed in jobs, reunite with their families and lead fulfilling lives.
By the end of 2011, Jericho will provide 172 units of supportive housing to homeless and low-income veterans in New York City.