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Catholic Charities Works to Reduce Homelessness by 20%

Catholic Charities USA announced an ambitious plan to reduce chronic homelessness by 20% in five US cities. The goal is to reduce chronic homelessness -- those whose homlessness has caused them to live on the street for more than a year -- by bringing together "the resources of the local Catholic organizations.” Catholic Charities of New York, actively works to provide services and alternative housing that supports the re-entry of residents into the community, with programs such as the Holy Rosary Stabilization Bed Program and affordable housing programs. Catholic Charities of New York also provides emergency and temporary shelter to individuals and families in need. Food assistance programs such as Feeding Our Neighbors, soup kitchens, and food pantries operate throughout the New York City and lower Hudson Valley area. 

For Catholic Charities USA, Portland, Oregon will be one of the cities in the program. There are 4,177 homeless citizens, including men, women and children, sleeping in tents, cars or sidewalks in Multnomah County, Portland. That number increased by 10% from the previous count. A third of them are chronically homeless. Those who are chronically homeless require "significant assistance accessing support services, health care and drug and alcohol addiction programs in order to succeed in permanent housing." Read more at KOIN 6 News.

Our family of 90 affiliate Catholic Charities agencies also offer a wide variety of assistance and programs though Catholic Charities Community Services in addition to addiction services programs.

Interested in learning more about Catholic Charities and homelessness?  Our Blog features, "Ailing Hoimless Pizza Maker Featured as New York Times Neediest case," “Islands of Desolation: HOPE Homeless Count 2019” and the first-hand account, “Tattered Suitcases & Threadbare Comforters: My Subway Ride with Homeless New Yorkers.

Help support the work of Catholic Charities, by making a gift today. If you see someone in need of assistance, please call 311 or 911.