Honoring Our Veterans
This National Veterans Month, we recognized those who have bravely served our country. Unfortunately, according to a recent report, 13% of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness are veterans.
ICL operates Borden Avenue Residence, New York City’s only shelter that exclusively serves veterans, where we hosted a series of events to further support the long-term stability of clients. We are grateful to our many partners for their generosity—including Grubhub, which provided 500 meals from veteran-owned restaurant O'Neills, and General Needs, which provided sneakers, hats, gloves, and other essentials for our veteran guests. But we recognize that stability is best built through permanent housing and are proud to report that we successfully transitioned more than 100 veterans out of Borden Avenue Veterans Residence and into their own homes this year, marking a significant milestone in their whole-health journey.
And there is more to come. Earlier this month, President & CEO Jody Rudin proudly stood alongside the New York City Council as they announced legislation to address the mental health needs of veterans. ICL has long advocated for investments in mental health services specifically designed for this population.