Jericho Project

Off the Streets. On with Life.

aka 13-3213525   |   New York, NY   |  www.jerichoproject.org

Mission

Jericho Project's mission is to end homelessness at its roots by creating a community that inspires individual change, fosters sustainable independence and motivates people to reach their greatest potential.

Ruling year info

1984

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Victoria Lyon

Main address

245 W. 29th Street Suite 902

New York, NY 10001 USA

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EIN

13-3213525

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Vocational Counseling / Guidance / Testing (J21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mission statement: Jericho Project is a nonprofit social services provider whos efforts are focused on connecting and providing homeless and at risk newyorkers to affordable housing.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Supportive Housing

Jericho Project is a nationally-acclaimed nonprofit working to end homelessness at its roots by enabling individuals experiencing homelessness to attain quality stable housing, employment and wellness services so they can reach their greatest potential.

The 33-year old nonprofit serves over 2,000 individuals annually, including veterans, families and young adults. Jericho has been a key strategic partner and thought leader in New York City’s current robust initiative to end homelessness.

In our great city, homeless shelters are required to take in all individuals that need a roof over their heads. But a night in a shelter is often very unsafe and just a temporary solution to a much deeper problem. In 2016, access to affordable housing in New York City is extremely limited and finding a stable job without an address or clean belongings is next to impossible!

That is why Jericho Project’s innovate service model offers a holistic and sustainable solution to homelessness -and one that costs taxpayers one-third of what shelters cost! We provide supportive housing and comprehensive services to homeless and at-risk individuals so they can achieve long-term independence. Our expert program specialists, case managers and mental health professionals find clients private, clean, safe apartments and work with them to remain stably housed through employment services, mental and physical health care support, and legal counseling. 95% of our clients do not return to homelessness after joining us.

Thanks to the support of generous partners in this work Jericho has grown enormously since our conception in 1983. From owning one supportive housing residence, we now own seven and are in the process of building an eighth. From serving just 40 homeless individuals, we are now reaching over 2,000 per year.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults
Veterans
Homeless people
Seniors

Our Veterans Initiative provides nearly 700 veterans with homes and the support they need to heal from the wounds of war and reclaim their civilian lives with dignity and hope. This initiative is comprised of housing, employment and supportive services for veterans. We have three veteran-dedicated supportive housing residences, and a veteran supportive apartment program that provides housing placement throughout New York City.

Jericho’s Veterans Employment Program (JVEP): With a combination of government and private funding, Jericho provides homeless, formerly homeless and low-income veterans with enhanced employment services including trainings, referrals, resume writing, job search and work retention assistance. Annually JVEP enrolls 120 veterans and places approximately 60 in new jobs.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families: SSVF: Funded by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, provides homelessness prevention and “rapid rehousing” services to veteran households. Direct financial assistance is available to help veterans pay rent or other expenses to ensure they maintain stable housing. Holistic services are offered to ensure the veteran remains stably housed. Annually SSVF serves over 400 veteran households and places approximately 170 into permanent housing.

Rapid Rehousing (RRH): Jericho launched a RRH program that aims to house veterans in affordable apartments within 90 days of becoming homeless, minimizing the traumatic effects of homelessness. Annually RRH places approximately 85 veterans in permanent housing.

Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Case Management Program: Jericho Project received a grant from the Department of Veteran Affairs which allows the agency 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.  The program includes regular meetings for six months to ensure that the veteran has the resources to resume civilian life with dignity.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Homebase: In collaboration with HELP USA, Jericho Project has established a program known as Homebase which provides aftercare to families and couples to alleviate potential housing crises, while organizing flexible, person-centered interventions in order to prevent evictions and keep families stably housed. Families will be assigned a case manager who will develop a comprehensive service plan to establish permanency and prevent recidivism. Services that can be offered to each household include: benefits assistance, career counseling, financial counseling and referrals to mental health/substance use treatment, as well as landlord mediation, legal services or other community linkages.

Family Scatter-Site: Jericho Project opened our Family Scatter-Site Permanent Supportive Housing Program in September of 2020. This new program consists of 35 units specifically for families and will house approximately 70-80 school-aged children.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Veterans
Parents
Children and youth
Women and girls
Men and boys

Jericho serves low-income young adults ages 18-25 who are literally homeless, living in a shelter or on the streets. The program seeks to focus efforts on LGBTQ young adults as this population is especially vulnerable.

Rapid Re-Housing: Jericho Project will rapidly re-house young adults from shelters (ideally within 30 days) by providing temporary financial assistance and individualized case management to ensure housing stability. Your case manager will also provide referrals to community providers for legal services, healthcare, mental health/substance abuse services, recreation, and any other support to help you overcome underlying barriers to maintaining housing.

Knowledge and Employment for Young Adults: Jericho’s employment and education program enables young adults to identify, prepare for, and secure their dream jobs. Your career counselor will help you become economically self-sufficient through educational opportunities, job readiness skills training, paid and unpaid internships, and employment placement.

Supportive Housing: On July 17, 2018, our eighth and largest supportive housing residence on Walton Avenue in the Bronx opened. Thirty-three of its apartments will be reserved for young adults ages 18-25.

To apply: have your case manager complete a “2010E Application” indicating that you are interested in “Young Adult Housing.” Your case manager will submit it to the Human Resources Administration (HRA) and those applications will be forwarded to Jericho Project.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adolescents

Engaging with Clients and Providing Opportunities for Gainful Employment
The foundation of Jericho’s Workforce Opportunities (WfO) Program is the individualized support we provide to Jericho clients, most of whom have been disconnected from the workforce for extended periods of time and are marginalized from traditional workforce development programs. The program’s consistent engagement with clients throughout the employment process helps them set and achieve their employment goals.

In addition to the universal support provided by the program’s Career Counselors, WfO programming includes workshops, trainings, referrals to job training and educational courses, resume and job search assistance, and work retention and advancement support. In addition, Jericho’s two Employment Specialists help place clients into employment.

62% of Jericho clients participate in Workforce Opportunities initiatives, and our residents have an average wage of $16.30.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people

Healthy Jericho was created in 2015 to address the growing health needs of our tenants. The program addresses the physical and mental health conditions of our tenants and offers preventive and early-intervention strategies. Healthy Jericho staff provides education on chronic diseases and illnesses common among our tenants. Healthy Jericho staff serves as advocates and conduits between tenants, Jericho staff and medical providers. Healthy Jericho also developed partnerships with various community health resources that provide in-house wellness clinics, perform health screenings and consultations. Healthy Jericho program directly impacts health outcomes for tenants of Jericho Project’s Supportive Housing. Healthy Jericho is available to tenants at Jericho’s eight supportive housing facilities in New York City. The Healthy Jericho Program incorporates harm reduction and traumas informed care trainings, as well as provide mental health resources such as mindfulness and psychodrama. It also includes resident Healthcare related workshops, transportation to and from medical appointments, special events and staff development.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Jericho Project is committed to addressing the mental health needs of the clients that we serve in all of our Supportive Housing facilities through the Jericho Therapy Program (JTP). At the beginning of 2020, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Therapist was hired to provide ongoing psychotherapy and counseling for the young adult tenants at our Walton House Supportive Housing Residence. Jericho also contracts with a Nurse Practitioner at three of its Supportive Housing sites, who provides direct therapy to tenants as well as consultation to staff.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
LGBTQ people
Young adults
LGBTQ people
Veterans
Homeless people
Young adults
LGBTQ people
Veterans
Homeless people
Young adults
LGBTQ people
Veterans
Homeless people
Family relationships

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2008

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal 1: Increase the number of Jericho’s supportive housing units
Goal 2: Young Adults.
a) Learn more about the effectiveness of different types of housing and services.
b) Increase the number of Young Adults served by Jericho.
Goal 3: Increase the stability and independence of Jericho residents who are aging in place.
Goal 4: Make the Housing First model work more effectively and sustainably for residents and staff.
Goal 5: Expand the number of families and types of services offered.
Goal 6: Board development to promote and sustain organization-wide growth.
Goal 7: Increase internal infrastructure to promote and sustain organization-wide growth.

Goal #1 No Poverty : Jericho Project operates over 550 permanent support housing units in New York City offering affordable housing to veterans, young adults and families – many with underlying health conditions and/or disabilities. Jericho’s wrap-around available services include housing placement, mental health, health, employment and vocational services all of which are intended to serve as stabilizing supports in our clients lives. These supports become the foundation upon which financial stability and independence are built.
Goal #3 Good Health and Well-Being: In 2018, Jericho Project implemented the Healthy Jericho Initiative. This initiative provides proactive health care consultation, resources and referrals to the staff and clients of Jericho Project with the intention of improving the overall health of the clients we serve.
Goal #10: Reduced Inequality: In 2020, Jericho Project developed the Jericho Equity fund along with 5 staff led workgroups all focused on promoting equality within our organization and the larger community. The equity fund was created to enable us to bring action to our words. Jericho’s mission has long been to end homelessness at its roots by providing affordable housing and an array of social services, but we have also long believed that in order to achieve this mission, we must promote diversity, equality, and inclusion and address racism on a systemic level. The work born from the Jericho Equity Fund is needed if we are to improve outcomes for our staff members, the communities we serve, our stakeholders, and our clients. Once these actions are implemented, we believe it will improve our understanding of and mutual respect for those our staff work for, with, or around; improve client relations; promote employee morale, fair opportunities for professional development, and retention; encourage diverse perspectives to ensure creative solutions; allow greater transparency; and ensure that all backgrounds, cultures and experiences are respected and valued in our ever changing workforce. The Equity Fund is designed to support activities throughout the organization, many of which are informed by the staff-led workgroups, and we are actively sourcing matching donations for this fund.

Goal #1 No Poverty : While Jericho’s footprint may be modest, the quality of the services we provide is unrivaled. Jericho has created an internal continuum of care which enables us to identify and address almost all pervading issues that clients present with. While outside referrals are made as needed, Jericho maintains a cadre of internal resources upon which our clients can confidently rely. Our continuum of care consists of a robustly staffed workforce employment initiative, benefit department, health initiative and mental health program. Financial resources are also offered through both of Jericho’s federally funded Rapid Rehousing and Supportive Services for Veteran Families Programs. Jericho also belongs to a larger network of supportive housing providers in NYC. This network helps to support and advocate for one another and the larger mission that our work focuses on - maximizing our collective impact and reach.
Goal #3 Good Health and Well-Being: Jericho employs two staff – both qualified health professionals – to lead the Healthy Jericho Initiative. We are actively working to secure additional funding to expand our reach and better address the needs of our clients.
Goal #10: Reduced Inequality: Over the past year, Jericho has created the internal infrastructure needed to support this initiative. Outlined below are the staff-led workgroups that are actively driving this initiative:

Oversight & Implementation:
Led by our CEO, Tori Lyon, this workgroup will be responsible for considering the recommendations from staff and the other workgroups and figuring out how to implement the changes at Jericho Project.

Voting & Census:
This workgroup will be responsible for informing staff and tenants about candidates running for local, state, and federal office; helping staff and tenants register to vote and request mail-in ballots when necessary; helping tenants and staff fill out the census; helping tenants and staff learn where to vote in-person and assisting them with the process of voting.

Events:
This workgroup will be responsible for planning and hosting events that celebrate cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity among Jericho Project’s staff and clients. Some events they will put on include Black History Month celebrations, Juneteenth, LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and more.

Advocacy:
This group will help staff and tenants organize around issues of homelessness, drug policy, police reform, mass incarceration, and more. They will be meeting with and advocating with state, local, and federal elected officials as well as government officials.

Goal #1 No Poverty : Jericho serves over 2,500 New Yorkers annually, and we have been steadily but strategically expanding our reach to expand capacity and better serve more people each year. Additionally, Jericho places over 500 individuals and families in housing and provides employment and vocational services to over 400 people each year. We are also in the process of expanding upon our Healthy Jericho Initiative as well as our Jericho Therapy Program in the coming year.
Goal #3 Good Health and Well-Being: Annually, the Healthy Jericho Initiative serves over 150 clients and supports the work of all program staff. Aided by funding from the Robin Hood Foundation, we are hoping to expand our reach to the rest of the organization’s population over the next 18 months.
Goal #10: Reduced Inequality: Jericho is actively working to solicit matching funding for this initiative. Now that the Equity Fund has been established and our goals for it and the workgroups have been codified, the next steps are for us to act on the recommendations that are born from this work. We have already started this by creating a new Vision Statement for the organization. We have also reevaluated the outside vendors we work with to ensure we are putting our support behind companies that best reflect our mission and values. We anticipate for this work to continue to grow over the coming months and years.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Jericho Project

Board of directors
as of 5/1/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Miriam Boublik

Miriam Wohabe-Boublik

Francesca Kress

Cara Eisen

Zach Buchwald

BlackRock

Jerome Menifee

Stern Bros.

Karen Adam

Sullivan

Joel Cohen

Gibson Dunn

Michael Reed

Zebra Capital Management

Gary Sherman

Town House Advisors

Simon Bound

Morgan Stanley

Aditi Deeg

Charity: Water

Katherine Forrest

Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Elizabeth Garland

Icahn School of Medicine

Andrew Moss

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Karen Wharton

Metropolitan Hospital Center

Peter Zheng

Facebook

Toks Afolabi-Ajayi

Morgan Stanley

Yvette Fort

Montefiore Medical Center

Tom Scazzafavo

Ernst and Young

Murray Smith

Berkeley Partnership

Mark Kopinski

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/01/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data