Jericho is excited to offer permanent supportive housing and counseling services to unsheltered New Yorkers. — Tori Lyon, CEO of Jericho Project.
NEW YORK (PRWEB)
May 25, 2023
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $8,906,646 to Jericho Project, which is a national nonprofit fighting homelessness for 40 years, to combat homelessness in New York City. This program aims to provide comprehensive housing assistance with ongoing counseling services for 90 unsheltered homeless participants every year over three years.
This grant is part of the $60 million HUD has distributed to the New York City Continuum of Care (CoC) for the Unsheltered Homeless Initiative. The Department of Homeless Services will overlook the initiative, which was proposed by the Department of Social Services.
The program’s implementation, which will commence on July 15th, involves Jericho Project’s Rapid Rehousing Program, which connects individuals and families with affordable apartments and also provides them with counseling in managing finances and maintaining housing stability. The program includes Provision of Temporary Financial assistance (TFA), and HUD is providing long-term vouchers, enabling participants to maintain long-term housing stability at the conclusion of the TFA period.
The implementation of the program involves hiring 15 employees, providing intensive case management services, clinical therapy, housing, and other supportive services.
Jericho’s commitment to its mission is demonstrated by its track record in Rapid Rehousing, having served 450 veteran families in 2022, 170 of whom have secured permanent housing, and moved 91 other households into permanent housing within 30 days.
Jericho currently has 600 units of housing in the Bronx and Harlem in eight upgraded residential buildings designed to cultivate a community of camaraderie and wellness. Additionally, families have been able to secure 80 studio and one-bedroom units for adults and 35 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, enabling them to achieve stable, secure housing throughout the city.
With rigorous fiscal discipline and the support of public-private partnerships and dedicated donors, Jericho’s housing and extended services cost $18,000 per person annually, which is significantly less compared to $50,000 for a single adult shelter, $74,000 for a room in a family shelter, $115,000 for a city jail cell, and $1000+ per day for a hospital bed.
Jericho Project’s CEO, Tori Lyon, expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity by stating, “We applaud HUD and our local Continuum of Care for their leadership in helping some of our most vulnerable neighbors in their time of need.”
For more information about Jericho Project’s devotion to assisting homeless populations and promoting social equity, please visit jerichoproject.org.
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