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11/13/2015
CHOP was featured in #lohudcares for Giving Tuesday
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The burnt orange and red colors are bursting everywhere in Westchester County. For many of us, it represents wondrous beauty and triggers an inner happiness because the holiday season will soon follow, along with family meals and hot chocolate by the fire. But for others, the homeless and hungry that CHOP, Inc. has served for over 28 years, the colors are not bright at all. It means the arrival of freezing cold nights spent outside on concrete, no place to wash off the dirt, sick, alone and afraid. It means parents suffering in despair because they have to choose whether to give their hungry children food, or, instead, give them some type of shelter from the rain and snow because they don’t have the money to dorm. CHOP is the only 24/7 shelter in Northern Westchester, it is the only one that has a dorm for homeless veterans, it is the only one that provides a choice to families in the foods they serve their children, and it is the one that is able to connect these individuals and families to critical life-saving services. More than anything else though, it is the one that provides the means for these veterans, seniors and families to live with some dignity again.

11/11/2015
We at Patriot Housing are honored to support those who are serving and those who have returned home. 

It is our hope that one day the veterans of Westchester County and their families will never have to face homelessness or joblessness. Until that day, our partnership will continue to serve them.

We are looking for landlords and businesses willing to make their vacancies available to vets. If you would like the opportunity please message us here on Facebook or at PatriotHousing@gmail.com
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11/2/15

Giving Tuesday  is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as the gift that keeps on giving, making nonprofits savvier, busier and more connected to their core audiences.

Since 2012, Giving Tuesday has injected a volunteer spirit into the consumeristic continuum of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. The brainchild of 92nd Street Y executive Henry Timms, it has turned the post-Thanksgiving Tuesday into a day to think of others by volunteering or donating to nonprofits.

Last year, #GivingTuesday had 32.7 million Twitter impressions and 698,600 mentions, and more than $45.6 million was raised for nonprofits around the world.

See more at: http://www.lohud.com/story/life/2015/10/22/giving-tuesday-nonprofits/74207610/


11/2/2015

This article is from early in September.

Mayor de Blasio Says Homeless Problem Is ‘Decades Old’

Homelessness in NYC has been a problem for decades, but it was not until recently that the Mayor of New York City actually admitted there was a problem. “This is a historic problem, decades old.  It has gotten worse as the economy has squeezed people more, and the price of housing in this city has gotten sky-high. But what I think I have to do better is explain the origins of this problem and show people what we’re doing about it” said Mayor de Blasio.  Mayor de Blasio also gave blame to New York City’s former Mayor, Rudy Giuliani,  stating that homelessness went up 40% on Giuliani’s watch.  Mayor de Blasio said that he had committed $1 billion over the next four years to fight homelessness. His administration has also introduced new mental health counseling services and beefed up a rental assistance program.

See more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/09/nyregion/mayor-de-blasio-says-homelessness-is-a-decades-old-problem.html?_r=0


 

10/3/2015

Homeless Veteran Population in Westchester at a “Functional Zero”

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Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino today announced that the population of homeless veterans in the county was at “functional zero” meaning there are no known homeless veterans living on the streets in Westchester. Since the Westchester Patriot Housing Initiative was launched in August of 2013 with the goal of ending homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015, permanent housing has been secured for 329 previously homeless veterans.  Permanent housing is also being worked on for the eight veterans who are currently living in temporary shelters.

CHOP is among one of the organizations that worked and is continuing to work on eliminating veteran homelessness that County Executive Astorino mentioned in the article above.

See more at: http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/homeless-veteran-population-westchester-functional-zero

9/25/2015

Pope Francis captures the heart of thousands of New Yorkers

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Pope Francis’ visit to the United States was something very different.  At the United Nations, he steadfastly defended the world’s poor and disposed.  Before Congress he pressed for peace and social justice, for humane treatment of immigrants, for an end to world arms trafficking and to capital punishment.  After his talk with Congress, Pope Francis spent time with the homeless and ate with them rather than go to dinner with politicians in Washington D.C. 

Although, CHOP is not affiliated with any one religion, Pope Francis transcends affiliation with one religion in his work on behalf of the homeless and the poor who suffer from hunger.

See more at: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/pope-francis-captures-heart-thousands-new-yorkers-article-1.2375164


 

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