Jericho Project Veterans Initiative

by Jericho Project

Jericho Project is thrilled to report that it will be opening its second supportive housing residence dedicated solely to homeless and at-risk veterans this spring.

Kingsbridge Terrace, a Jericho Project Veterans Community, will provide 76 small studio apartments coupled with the full-range of Jericho Project's established support services and veteran-specific programming.  The residence is located in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, New York and is directly adjacent to the James J. Peters Bronx VA Medical Center.

Thanks to all of our supporters for helping Jericho Project to serve nearly 200 homeless and at-risk veterans in New York City!!

Jericho Project: Off the Streets. On with Life.

Veterans Moving into Fordham Village
Veterans Moving into Fordham Village
The harsh reality for many of the men and women who have served our country is casting a dark shadow over this year's Veterans Day celebration:
  • Every night in the United States more than 75,000 veterans are homeless.
  • Veterans make up only 8% of the U.S. population, but almost 16% of homeless adults.
  • 50% of all homeless veterans suffer from mental illness, and 67% suffer from
    substance abuse.
  • 1 in 5 female veterans report sexual trauma in the military.

Increasingly, many of our men and women returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are ending up homeless. They are going into homelessness much more quickly than veterans from previous conflicts

Jericho Project has been facing down the tragedy of homeless veterans since 2006 with our innovative housing and employment programs.

We have begun to moving homeless and at-risk veterans into Fordham Village, our first of two veteran supportive housing residences. Our second residence, Kingsbridge Commons, will open its doors to veterans in
early 2012. Together with our Veterans Supportive Apartment and Homeless Veterans Employment Program we are providing housing and employment services to more than 200 veterans.


Fordham Village Grand Opening Ceremony
Fordham Village Grand Opening Ceremony

Jericho Project has completed construction on its first veterans residence, Fordham Village!

Jericho Project’s 2006 strategic plan identified homeless veterans as a key population to benefit from its unique supportive housing model.  The following year Jericho began a concerted effort to expand its supportive housing program to address the local and national issue of homeless veterans.  Jericho Project’s Veterans Initiative includes:

  • The development of new supportive housing for veterans;
  • The creation of an evidence-based veterans service model based on Jericho’s proven model; and
  • Strategic efforts to stimulate the further development of supportive and affordable housing initiatives for veterans nationwide.

Jericho is opening its two new veteran residences in 2011 — the first new supportive housing programs for veterans in New York City in 17 years and has expanded its Supportive Apartment Program to include 50 units for homeless veterans.  Together, the congregate residences and supportive apartments will provide 182 units of supportive housing to homeless and low-income veterans.



You might have seen in the news this week that the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development released a report on veteran homelessness.  Their findings are truly startling:


  • Over 136,000 veterans spent at least one night in a homeless shelter in 2009 - and uncounted numbers of veterans were living on the streets.
  • 16% of homeless adults are veterans, yet vets make up only 10% of the U.S. population
  • 1 in 10 veterans living in poverty experienced homelessness during the year.

As far back as 2006, Jericho Project recognized the importance of finding replicable solutions to this national tragedy.


And we sprung into action:


  • In 2007, we bought two vacant lots to develop brand new supportive housing residences for veterans in the Bronx.
  • In 2009, we launched our Veterans Supportive Apartment program through innovative collaborations with two New York City VA Medical Centers.  And we've double the program size in just one year.
  • In 2011, we are opening our two Veterans Supportive Housing Residences, which will provide 132 studio apartments alongside the cutting-edge services our veterans need and deserve.

President Obama has set an ambitious goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2014. With your help, Jericho has already begun its part to help our nation meet this noble goal.

Jericho Project is pleased to update our Global Giving supporters about our work to end veterans homelessness.

Construction continues on Jericho’s two new veterans residences, which will provide 132 units of supportive housing for homeless and low-income veterans by the end of 2011.  Veterans Residence I will provide supportive housing to 56 formerly homeless veterans, and is scheduled to open in just four months, in March of 2011! Jericho’s Veterans Residence II, which will be home to 76 formerly homeless veterans, is scheduled to open in October of 2011.

While Jericho continues building its two new veterans residences, it also serves 45 formerly homeless veterans through its Veterans Supportive Apartment program (VSA program).  Jericho’s VSA program provides individual apartments city-wide and the full range of Jericho’s services to homeless veterans.

One VSA resident, Iraq veteran Jose Anthony Pagan, was recently honored along with Jericho Project at the Robin Hood Foundation's 2010 Heroes Breakfast on November 17. Jose was honored for having overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and having shown the resiliency of the human spirit.

Thank you to all of our wonderful Global Giving donors for allowing Jericho to serve the brave veterans who now need our help! We look forward to keeping you posted in 2011, as we continue expanding our veterans supportive housing.


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Jericho Project

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Mary Taylor
Senior Director of Development
New York, NY United States

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