Jericho Project began in the early 1980s, when three Episcopal churches on the Upper West Side of Manhattan resolved to work together and help the homeless. Their efforts included managing a soup kitchen and establishing a small housing program. Following this project that was an inspiring precedent of what was to come, in 1983 The Jericho Project, Inc. was officially incorporated as a non-profit, non-church affiliated organization to provide housing, job training and substance abuse prevention and mental health counseling to homeless adults. Jericho Project began housing individuals in the Devon Hotel on West 94th Street in Manhattan. Jericho began operating a soup kitchen in Harlem that fed an average of 300 individuals weekly.

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