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Brooklyn and Queens Catholic Charities assistance programs.

A leading organization to call for assistance and referrals in the greater Queens and Brooklyn area is Catholic Charities. Case managers provide low income families and senior citizens with a number of resources. Some of the programs they administer focus on housing and homeless prevention. Other Catholic Charity services can provide food and meals, self sufficiency, and employment services to the needy.

Counseling services and referrals are offered. This free or low cost counseling can cover a variety of matters, including domestic violence, individual and family issues and education about parenting. Linkages and referrals to other services that are available in the New York area, including in Brooklyn and Queens, are another option. Get information on transportation, day care services, mental health, emergency cash, housing, rent assistance, government entitlements, employment assistance/vocational guidance and more. 1165 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11236, phone 718-385-2043

Homeless prevention is offered from a program known as Homebase. This resource works with families and individuals in the community who are at risk of eviction and shelter entry. Many people who are supported by Catholic Charities need emergency rental assistance. Applicants can come from Queens County and East New York, including Mill Basin or Canarsie in Brooklyn.

This particular Catholic Charities program is run in partnership with the New York City Department of Homeless Services. Homebase provides rental/housing assistance in Queens in order to prevent you and your family from being evicted and becoming homeless. Case managers provide assessment and resolution of rental matters, including pre-shelter housing crises. The main address is 87-80 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11432, dial 718-674-1000.

QNCC LIT GED Program is for students under the age of 21. Catholic Charities works with the  Department of Education to provide classes and instruction in Social Studies, English, Literacy, Science and Math. Other workshops in Queens can include Computer Skills, Financial Literacy, Debt Reduction and much more. 23-40 Astoria Boulevard, Astoria, NY 11102, call 718-726-9790

Project Bridge Healthy Families #1 is a self-sufficiency type program for the low income. The services offered are Job Readiness, Individual/Family counseling, Life Skills Building, Job Education and Career Counseling. 52 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11237, telephone number 718-628-190




Applications can be processed for different government assistance programs at Catholic Charity centers. For example, learn more or apply for government food (WIC or SNAP) or HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program). Most of the programs provide some form of cash based grant for paying bills, and Catholic Charities can help Queens area families apply.

WIC is a federal supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children. They offer families checks for free healthy foods, breastfeeding support, health education, vouchers for paying for food at the farmer’s market, and referrals for free health care and other social services.

Pregnant women and newborns can receive meals, food and nutrition from WIC. It will help reduce the number of low birth weight infants, encourage and support breastfeeding, and supporting the growth and development of children and infants. Formula, food, and guidance is offered to new mothers and their babies. The two centers are as follows.

  • 161-10 Jamaica Avenue, Suite 306, Jamaica, NY 11432, 718-657-2580
  • 42-71 65th Place (Corner of Queens Blvd), Woodside, New York 11377, main number is 718-715-7001

The Lady of Angels Human Services Center was created by the Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens. Specialists and social workers from the center provide referrals and information to appropriate assistance programs, financial aid and community resources. Emergency food pantry, clothing services and limited amounts of financial assistance may be provided to the needy and low income. All information and services are offered for free. Lady of Angels Human Services Center is operated from 336 73rd Street, Brooklyn, New York 11209





Queens Community Center and Mobile Sites provides clients with Crisis Intervention and a Case Management approach. This can also include some core social services as well as basic needs. Catholic Charities may coordinate financial assistance for living expenses, food, shelter and more. The organization may also create workshops around Brooklyn that may be offered to enhance the knowledge of lower income and working poor community members

Topics covered can include financial literacy, parenting, health education, career counseling, resume preparation, etc. If after meeting a case manager, if it is decided that the organization is unable to help you then you may be referred to other direct services that are offered by the Community Center. Qualified low income families will be linked to other government or Catholic Charity assistance programs. Or people may be referred to agencies outside of the immediate network of partner organization. 23-40 Astoria Blvd, Astoria, NY 11102. Call (718) 726- 9790

Housing Management is offered in an effort to ensure people are not homeless and find a safe and affordable place to live in the greater New York City region. Catholic Charities provides housing to qualified clients with a vital link to emergency assistance and social services. Some of the properties are for Family Housing, Single Room Occupancy housing or the formerly homeless and Senior Housing and apartments.

Senior citizens and the homebound can get assistance from the Home Delivered Meals Program. Volunteers and staff provide home delivered food and meals to clients in the Queens area. Most people are referred by social service offices or SNAP case management. Resources are offered in an effort to improve quality of life for seniors. The Meals on Wheels is delivered from locations including:
168-01b Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, New York 11432, call (718) 357 - 4903
Southwest Queens Home Delivered Meals Program, 103-02 101st Avenue, Ozone Park, NY 11416, telephone (718) 847 - 2168

Other senior centers and services are offered in the region. They too can provides Case Management to the elderly and/or homebound. Services include, but are not limited to, creation of comprehensive care plans to address unmet needs, assessments, government benefits and entitlements, point of access for DFTA-funded home-delivered meals, counseling, and information and general caregiver support. The main goal of the centers is to assist senior citizens and older adults. Get help in accessing the services they require so that they can remain living safely in their own homes.

6823 Fifth Avenue - Third Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220, (718) 680 - 3530
221-15 Horace Harding Expway, Bayside, NY 11364, telephone (718) 225 - 1144
35-24 83rd Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372, call (718) 458-4600
DellaMonica - Steinway Senior Center, 23-56 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106, primary phone (718) 626-1500
Glenwood Senior Center, 5701 Ave H, Brooklyn, New York 11234, (718) 241 – 7711
Hillcrest Senior Center, 168-01 B Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432, (718) 297 – 7171
Howard Beach Senior Center, 83-09  157th Street, Howard Beach, NY 11414, main phone (718) 738-8100
Narrows Senior Center, 1230 63 Street, Brooklyn, New York 11219, phone 718-232-3211
Northside Senior Center, 179 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11211, telephone (718) 387 – 2316
Ozone Park Senior Center, 103-02 101st Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11416, telephone number is 718-847-2100
Pete McGuinness Senior Center, 715 Leonard Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, main phone number is (718) 383 – 1940
Peter Dellamonica Senior Center, 23-56 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106, dial (718) 626 – 1500
Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Center, 78-15 Jamaica Avenue, Woodhaven, N.Y. 11421, telephone number is (718) 847-9200





The Lodge Senior Center, 7711 18th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11214, main phone (718) 621-1081
The Bay Senior Center, 3643 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11229, telephone (718) 648-2053
St. Louis Senior Center, 230 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11213, main phone 718-771-7945
St. Charles Jubilee Senior Center, 55 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, dial (718) 855 - 0326
Southwest Queens Senior Services, 183-16 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Floor, Hollis, New York 11423, phone (718) 217-0126


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