Trinity Church Wall Street awards more than $23 million in grants
Recipients include organizations focused on keeping housing-unstable New Yorkers at home, supporting criminal justice reform, and promoting mental health
NEW YORK, June 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Trinity Church Wall Street, in its latest round of grants, awarded $23.4 million to organizations in New York, the United States and abroad.
Most of the grants, which average more than $200,000, go to New York City organizations that focus on affordable housing, homelessness, racial justice and criminal justice reform. . The work done by these groups includes helping unstable New Yorkers stay in their homes, ensuring recently incarcerated people find jobs, and preventing discrimination against families who use housing vouchers.
“As New York City shows signs of recovery after the past two years of the pandemic, we cannot ignore the serious challenges we still face,” said Reverend Phillip A. Jackson, rector of Trinity Church Wall. Street. “Our latest round of grants is for organizations that are addressing these issues head-on: organizations on the front lines of housing and mental health crises, and criminal justice reform.”
Trinity continues to be at the forefront of the fight for New York’s most vulnerable. The city’s housing crisis intensified during the pandemic and worsened with the end of the eviction moratorium. Many of Trinity’s recipients are fighting hard for those facing housing instability.
Unlock NYC will use its $125,000 grant to continue its work fighting housing discrimination. The organization has developed an app where New Yorkers who use housing vouchers can report landlords and brokers who discriminate against them.
“As an all-female tech collective led overwhelmingly by New York women who have directly experienced income discrimination, Unlock NYC is thrilled to partner with Trinity Church Wall Street Philanthropies to expand our work globally. the city,” said Jessica Valencia, communications manager. Ashley Eberhart, Product Manager, adds, “This grant allows us to make key enhancements to our product based on feedback from our community of tenants, advocates and other partners.”
Families with children battling life-threatening illnesses will get even more help with a $150,000 grant to Friends of Karen. This money will help more than 100 families experiencing housing insecurity with critically ill children on treatment to pay rent or housing-related expenses so they can stay housed.
“This lifesaving grant from Trinity Church Wall Street will be a game-changer for Friends of Karen, giving us the ability to provide a new level of assistance to ensure families caring for a critically ill child have a safe, secure place and healthy to live on as they face their incredibly difficult journey of illness,” said Judy Factor, Executive Director of Friends of Karen.
The Center for New York City Neighborhoods received a $200,000 renewal grant to support its Black Homeownership Program and support at-risk smallholders who have not received rental income during the pandemic. The money will allow these landlords to stabilize their properties for the benefit of their tenants and themselves.
More than $8.7 million in grants go to organizations focused on criminal justice reform in New York City, including groups working to keep young people and the mentally ill out of the prison system.
Urban Justice Center will use its $100,000 grant to provide research-based recommendations on the most humane way to provide support and services to people with serious mental health issues to keep them from going to jail and in the criminal justice system.
“While it is widely recognized that prison is detrimental to people with mental health issues and that they should be treated elsewhere, there is currently no comprehensive plan to reduce the number of people incarcerated. Trinity funding will allow us to develop actionable recommendations to reduce the number of incarcerated people with mental health issues,” said Doreen Odom, Executive Director, Mental Health Project, Urban Justice Center.
Trinity is also continuing its work with the Borough of Manhattan Community College, whose Project Impact team received a $150,000 grant. This team continued to focus on keeping justice-affected students enrolled during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has placed difficult demands on students, particularly in the areas of housing and food insecurity. Since 2012, BMCC has received $2.2 million from Trinity grant programs.
“As the pandemic has imposed additional hardships and demands on our students, including homelessness, illness and food insecurity, Trinity funds have enabled us to help many Project Impact students persevere, complete their semesters and graduate,” said Julie Appel, director of Project Impact. .
Of the 114 grants awarded by Trinity, 22 will support religious communities, including many Episcopal and Anglican churches, dioceses and seminaries, in the United States and around the world.
The Washington National Cathedral has received $491,000 to create a racial justice and spirituality leadership development program. The goal of this project grant is to equip religious leaders with practical skills for the pursuit of racial and social justice in their communities.
A grant of $270,000 is going to the Diocese of Tamale in Ghana to complete a student housing project. The project will create 200 jobs during construction and provide safe and affordable housing for students in a community that lacks more than 6,000 beds.
“In this time of uncertainty and what may seem like constant change and disruption – locally, nationally and internationally – Trinity seeks to be responsive to our community and our beneficiaries,” said Neill Coleman. , executive director of Trinity Church Wall Street Philanthropies. “We pledge to walk alongside them as they do life-changing work and stand up for the most vulnerable in their communities and ours.”
Trinity has a total of 535 active grants and had its largest grantmaking year in 2021 with $46 million in grants.
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