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05.26.20

Jericho Book Club: Parenthood

Parenthood is complicated, messy, and beautiful, and there are very few things better than reading a book that authentically addresses an experience in a way that resonates with you wholeheartedly. When an author is able to put into words everything you are feeling or thinking about parenthood, their novel becomes a trusted parenting reference. This week’s reading list consists of books about the experience of being a parent and each book offers totally different experiences, but their parenting themes are universal. Happy reading!

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05.19.20

Jericho Book Club: Resiliency

Here is a list of highly acclaimed books that address this week’s Jericho Book Club theme: Resilience. These books are about moving forward, celebrating growth, being resilient, and well-being for all. We believe you will find something that inspires you as these books revolve around people who faced challenges and overcame adversity. Happy reading!

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05.12.20

Jericho Book Club: Poverty

A new reading list for those who are interested in contextualizing and understanding poverty in the United States. This book club list offers a variety of viewpoints and the authors represented here approach poverty from interesting and compelling angles. There exists no singular expression of poverty, and poverty does not strike all demographics equally, those who are impoverished are diverse racially, ethnically, geographically, and culturally. This week’s reading list aims to help readers understand the diversity of the impoverished population in America.

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03.31.20

Jericho Book Club: Young Adult and LGBTQ+

As we collectively begin to practice social distancing, it is important for us find ways of maintaining our sense of community. It is also a great time for us to all to spend more time reading content that will broaden our perspective and take us away from the daily onslaught of health related news. With that in mind, we have created the Jericho Book Club. Each week, we will be posting a new list of books from which to choose, and each week’s list will have a unique theme. Our hopes are that we are able to offer a reprieve from daily life while at the same time increase our understanding of the clients we serve and the issues they face. This is one such way. We hope you enjoy. Continue reading

03.23.20

Jericho Book Club: Homelessness

As we collectively begin to practice social distancing, it is important for us find ways of maintaining our sense of community. It is also a great time for us to all to spend more time reading content that will broaden our perspective and take us away from the daily onslaught of health related news. With that in mind, we have created the Jericho Book Club. Each week, we will be posting a new list of books from which to choose, and each week’s list will have a unique theme. Our hopes are that we are able to offer a reprieve from daily life while at the same time increase our understanding of the clients we serve and the issues they face. This is one such way. We hope you enjoy.

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02.12.20

Jericho Project Receives $2.2 Million in VA Grants to Combat Veterans Homelessness

Combination of grants provide vets with vital funds and counseling to get housed and prevent homelessness

 New York, NY November 5 – Jericho Project, a nationally-acclaimed nonprofit ending homeless at its roots, has won a two-year $2-million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to launch a new program to reduce homelessness among veterans and their families across the five boroughs of New York City.

The grant is part of the VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. It will enable Jericho to fast-track more veterans to housing, providing them with both the financial support – 35% of the cost of their housing for two years – as well as the vital connections to a network of landlords who are proud to offer affordable, clean and safe housing to veterans and their families.

“Many Veterans face an increasingly challenging housing market with rents rising faster than the wages of low-income families. Offering a fixed rental subsidy for two years brings the cost of more units into reach, expanding the affordable housing supply. This subsidy, coupled with a strong partnership with the Department of Labor’s employment programs such as the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, may give Veterans the time they need to increase their income so they are no longer severely rent burdened – and escape the continued specter of homelessness,” said John Kuhn, Director of the SSVF program, VA’s homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing initiative.

At the same time, Jericho received a separate grant from the VA for $200,000for the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Case Management Program. . This program allows the nonprofit to provide a dedicated Case Manager to work closely with veterans as they move from homelessness into independent housing in the community. The Case Manager helps the formerly homeless veterans become more stable in their new apartments and access the employment, health and social support systems they need to sustain their housing.  Crucially, this includes regular meetings for six months to ensure that the veteran has the resources to resume civilian life with dignity.

“These generous grants from the VA will not only close the gap between a veteran’s stability and homelessness, but it will also allow them to prevent homelessness and build for the future,” said Jericho Project CEO Tori Lyon.

Jericho brings to this goal its expert team of professionals who work with trusted landlords to locate apartments suitable for the veteran’s location and family size, help negotiate the rental agreement, and provide additional employment or services enabling the veteran to prepare themselves to live independently within two years.

Jericho services 2,500 adults and families, to include some 750 veterans, every year. Of those veterans, Jericho’s SSVF program supports 475 low-income veterans and their families every year, with assistance either to prevent imminent homelessness or to rapidly re-house veterans who have recently become homeless. The SSVF program helps them to obtain housing and employment as quickly as possible.  This grant will enable them to serve an additional 90 veterans.

These new programs are part of Jericho’s groundbreaking Veterans Initiative first launched in 2007 that would result in the nonprofit designing and building three state-of-the-art LEED-certified Veterans Residences in the Bronx:  Kingsbridge Terrace, Fordham Village and the newest residence Walton House.

There veterans from all eras pay a third of their income for their own lease and key to an affordable studio apartment with access to their case manager and other support services from employment and mental health on site and through Jericho’s network of providers. With studio apartments, community and computer rooms, gyms and gardens, veterans can access the specific counseling they need – whether they are coping with substance abuse or Post Traumatic Stress, seeking education and jobs, or reuniting with their families.

Additionally, the Jericho Veteran Employment Program (JVEP) helps veterans without a secure income to gain employment to prevent their homelessness.