NEW YORK, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jericho Project, a national leader in forging permanent solutions to homelessness, today announced its plan to launch a supportive housing program in the Bronx for American veterans. Drawing upon Jericho's nearly 25-year experience in enabling homeless individuals to become stable, productive members of the community, the veteran's program will feature a specially-built residence offering housing and holistic counseling for homeless and low-income veterans.
"Many veterans become homeless due to trauma, substance abuse, and lack of resources," said Jericho Executive Director Tori Lyon. "This program will enable them to rebuild their lives by providing supportive housing within an atmosphere of healing and dignity."
The Veteran's Residence will be designed to meet the specific needs of veterans, with input from the Veteran's Administration and other veterans' groups. It will also draw upon Jericho's highly effective model of supportive housing and counseling services that stress recovery, employment, and graduation to independent living. The Jericho Veteran's Residence will feature small studio apartments, staff offices, a community room, a computer lab, and a garden.
The Jericho Veteran's Residence addresses a sore need: although veterans are disproportionately represented among homeless adults in the New York City shelter system, there are only two supportive housing projects for veterans currently in operation in New York. According to the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients, 23 percent of all homeless people and 33 percent of homeless men nationwide are veterans, compared to approximately 13 percent of the general population.
"With tens of thousands of veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over the next several years, the number of vets in need of housing can only be expected to rise," Lyon said.
Jericho estimates that up to 60 percent of residents will be referred from the New York City homeless shelter system and up to 40 percent from low-income sectors of the community.
The Jericho Veteran's Residence will be located at 355 East 194th Street in the Fordham neighborhood of the Bronx. The Jericho Project purchased the vacant lot with financing from the New York City Acquisition Fund, and will receive development funding from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development as part of the New York-New York III program. Jericho will also apply for Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Operating and services dollars for ongoing funding have been committed from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as part of the New York-New York III program.
Jericho expects to begin construction in 2008 and open the doors of the new Veteran's Residence in early 2010.
Established nearly 25 years ago, the Jericho Project provides permanent, supportive housing to 253 men and women in Manhattan and the Bronx through five meticulously-managed housing projects. The Jericho Project's holistic counseling treats the root causes of homelessness and supports its residents in approaching challenges that have overwhelmed them in the past. Jericho's alumni network of some 200 "graduates" demonstrates that dignified, productive independence can be in everyone's future.
Jericho's track record supports this approach: 98 percent of all residents remain in Jericho housing and 92 percent are actively engaged in vocational and educational activities. Only around 15 percent experience substance abuse relapse, a remarkably low rate compared to other programs.
For more information, please see http://www.jerichoproject.org.
|SOURCE The Jericho Project|
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