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Catholic Charities Joins Forces to Reverse the Reality of Homeless Veterans

Posted on August 11, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

The tragic reality of homeless veterans – at least 2,000 in New York City alone - has persisted far too long and Catholic Charities has joined forced to stop it. Yesterday, August 11th, for example, we participated in the 3rd Annual Veteran’s Resource Fair hosted by NY State Senator Bill Perkins and others at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building in Harlem. 

Homelessness prevention heavyweights including Amy Ginger, Director of the US HUD Office of Housing Voucher Programs; Nicole Branca, Assistant Commissioner of NYC Department of Veterans Services; as well as representatives from the Harlem Vet Center and more joined us to provide resources and find solutions to this national embarrassment.

But this is just one example.

Day in and day out Catholic Charities fights homelessness for veterans and all New Yorkers. 

Our Preserving Housing program provides homelessness prevention services for veterans, families and individuals facing imminenteviction.  Our staff assesses the situation.  They work with individuals and families to create comprehensive plans that respond to the immanent emergency.  And they help avoid future crises.  To access rent subsidies and other government programs our caseworkers work with landlords, legal services, fellow community-based organizations and financial management programs.


We are also working to create supportive housing while helping those who fall behind on rent and are being sued in housing court with:

  • Back rent
  • Family eviction prevention housing subsidies
  • Moving from New York City shelters to suitable apartments
  • Housing court and other legal challenges
  • Mediation with landlords

If you are or know a veteran or anyone facing homeless contact Catholic Charities now.