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Protecting and Nurturing Children and Youth

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Feeding the Hungry and Sheltering the Homeless

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Strengthening Families and Resolving Crisis

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Supporting the Physically and Emotionally Challenged

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Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

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Feeding the Hungry and
Sheltering the Homeless

In any given year...

5.8 M nutritious meals served in parish and community food programs
6,498 families prevented from becoming homeless
1,267 individuals housed in temporary and transitional apartments
8,234 individuals provided with emergency overnight shelter
7,100 families living in affordable housing

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For more information about a particular program and/or service, click below:

Emergency Meals Temporary and Transitional Residences
Eviction Prevention Permanent Affordable Housing
Emergency Shelters


If you need help in finding the services you need please call the Catholic Charities Help line at: 888-744-7900.

Emergency Meals

In any given year, community and parish-based food programs supported by Catholic Charities provide more than 6.5 million nutritious meals to families and individuals who struggle to make ends meet. Volunteers at parishes operate many programs while others are located in community-based programs services are also available to help people toward independence. Most food pantries provide staples to be taken home, while other programs provide hot meals on-site. With the generous support of the Rusty Staub Foundation, Catholic Charities operates "Rusty's Rolling Van," a mobile food pantry that regularly provides meals and other services in Staten Island and the Bronx. The Rusty Staub Foundation also responds to help victims of emergencies in other parts of the metropolitan area.

To find a Catholic Charities agency that offers emergency meals click here.

Catholic Charities works in partnership with others in feeding the hungry. Here are some other resources that might be useful:

  • NYC 24 Hour Hunger Hotline: 1-(866)-NYC-FOOD (1-866-692-3663)
  • Food Bank for New York City: www.foodbanknyc.org. external link See "Agency Network" and "Agency Directory."
  • New York City Coalition Against Hunger: www.nyccah.org. external link See "Hungermaps."

Eviction Prevention

Families and individuals who, for whatever reason, are facing the loss of a home or apartment are assisted by highly trained Catholic Charities caseworkers to prevent eviction and homelessness. Staff will assess the situation and create a comprehensive plan to respond to the immediate emergency and help avoid future crisis. Caseworkers will work with landlords, legal services, and financial management programs, to help access rent subsidies and other government programs to assist families and individuals relocate to a new home. This type of emergency financial assistance is one way Catholic Charities responds to those in need.

To find a Catholic Charities agency that offers eviction prevention services click here.

Emergency Shelters

Parishes and other community organizations provide temporary shelter and respite for people living on the street. Some of these shelters are accessed through a central system, while others are more informal and can be accessed directly. Operated mainly by volunteers, Catholic Charities provides assistance to these shelters and can help those in need access their services.

To find a Catholic Charities agency that offers emergency shelter click here.

Temporary and Transitional Residences

Transitional, supported housing is an important component to the network of housing resources provided by Catholic Charities. Dedicated religious women have often taken the lead in developing and operating these housing programs. Some residences are specifically designed to serve the needs of women and their children, while others are available to the general population. Most offer a variety of services to assist the homeless in moving towards permanent housing and independence.

To find a Catholic Charities agency that offers temporary and transitional residences click here.

Permanent Affordable Housing

Affordable housing developed by Catholic Charities and other parish's decades ago remain a precious, yet precarious resource. Catholic Charities has worked to make the Association of Catholic Homes an important vehicle, not only for preserving existing housing, but also for developing new affordable housing in the Archdiocese. All of these housing units have specific eligibility criteria, and many have significant waiting lists.

To find a Catholic Charities agency that offers permanent affordable housing click here.