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Catholic Charities to Receive Funding from NY State

By Catherine Kirch

New York state is allocating $16.4 million to non-profit and government organizations that serve individuals and families facing homelessness. The goal of the annual funding is to help the current homeless population, as well as those who are at risk of becoming homeless, strive for stability and permanent housing.

Catholic Charities Community Services is among the 64 organizations receiving a portion of this funding. Through their agencies and programs, Catholic Charities combats homelessness through five primary services:

  • feeding our neighbors
  • preserving housing
  • permanent affordable housing
  • temporary and transitional residences
  • emergency and temporary shelters
Feeding Our Neighbors

Catholic Charities partners with programs to feed hungry New Yorkers in a number of ways. While soup kitchens prepare hot meals, food pantries provide groceries for people to take home to their families. Many Catholic Charities programs offer some combination of these options.

Catholic Charities also works to connect individuals and families to ongoing support, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps.

Preserving Housing

For Catholic Charities, it is not enough to only help those who are currently homeless; it is just as important to work to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless in the first place.

When individuals and families face eviction, Catholic Charities works with them to create plans to respond to the situation—as well as to avoid eviction issues in the future. Caseworkers work with landlords and legal services to help those facing eviction or housing court access needed resources to overcome crises and prevent homelessness.

Permanent Affordable Housing

Finding affordable housing in New York can often seem like an insurmountable challenge. For decades, Catholic Charities has been developing affordable housing throughout New York City and New York State. By partnering with the Association of Catholic Homes of New York, Catholic Charities works not only to develop new housing units but also to preserve existing affordable housing.

Temporary & Transitional Residences

There are many situations that can cause someone to suddenly lose access to housing, from natural disaster to domestic abuse. Catholic Charities offers a variety of temporary housing options to give displaced people a safe place to stay. Transitional housing helps individuals and families progress from homelessness to permanent housing.

Emergency & Temporary Shelters

Catholic Charities also supports organizations that provide temporary shelter. These homeless shelters work to keep people off the streets—a need that grows ever more important as the weather begins to grow colder.

Whether providing food for hungry families or shelter for displaced youth, Catholic Charities is dedicated to helping people transition from homelessness and crises to self-sufficiency and independence. For more information, please visit the Catholic Charities website.