Immigrants And Refugees

What We Do Housing

Sheltering the Homeless

There’s nothing more scary or stressful than not having a place to live — and more people are homeless than ever before. Our dedication to helping the homeless extends to a variety of services that offer safety and shelter to those who need it most.



families prevented from
becoming homeless


individuals in affordable housing


individuals given emergency
overnight shelter

Our Programs and Services

We help individuals and families navigate the complex public and private systems to find temporary shelter. Some organizations can be reached through a central registry, and others can be contacted directly.

Our program provides homelessness prevention services for families and individuals facing imminent eviction. Caseworkers help individuals and families create comprehensive plans that respond to imminent emergencies and avoid future crises. They work with landlords, legal service providers, fellow community-based organizations, and financial management programs to provide affordable shelter and access rent subsidies and other government programs.

Individuals and families behind on rent and who have cases in housing court can also receive help 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

For 50 years Catholic Homes had built, sustained and upgraded affordable apartments for low income New Yorkers. Specific eligibility requirements must be met to qualify for these housing units. Our caseworkers can help guide you toward available affordable housing opportunities and those requiring a waiting list.

Catholic Charities provides support services and community engagement activities to the individuals and families in affordable apartments to help them thrive in their apartments.

We provide transitional housing that caters to youth, women, men, and families to help them rebuild their lives and find permanent homes.


Aleth Felix Tchicaya: Building a home and a dream
I helped the homeless, and then I lost my home. But this is a plan of God. I have faith that everything will be okay, and Madeline believes in me.