We are The Bridge Fund of New York Inc.

The mission of The Bridge Fund is to prevent homelessness for vulnerable, working poor individuals and families who are threatened with the loss of their housing, but often do not qualify for emergency government assistance.

Who we are.

Oscar S. Pollock

Chairman & Co-Founder


Mary Nan Pollock

Co-Founder


Anthony Sabia

Executive Director


The Bridge Fund of Westchester

The Bridge Fund was created in 1991 in response to a severe homelessness crisis
in Westchester County.

Margaret Scally, Director

of the WESTCHESTER Program.

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The Bridge Fund of
New York City

The success in Westchester led to the creation of The Bridge Fund of New York City in 1992, which now serves all 5 boroughs.

Maria Toledo, Director

of the NEW YORK CITY Program.

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“A problem that could have been solved for less than $1,000 ended up costing Westchester county $38,000 per year and the social fabric of a vulnerable person’s life was ruined.”OSCAR POLLOCK, Chairman and Co-Founder of The Bridge Fund
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What we do.

We help clients better manage their finances.

  • one-on-one budget counseling
  • information and referrals to help avoid future housing crisis
  • free, bilingual money management workshops
  • Loan repayments help neighbors.

  • former clients take pride knowing their repayments are used to help others in need
  • repayments are a moral rather than a legal obligation
  • 5% of The Bridge Fund annual budget is covered by client repayments
  • Long-term stability.

  • 90% of clients monitored are still in their housing one year after our assistance
  • 87% after two years
  • A Bridge Fund loan is a good investment.

    Housing a family in a public shelter costs Westchester or New York City $38,000 annually, while a $2,500 Bridge Fund loan usually stabilizes a client.

    Provide financial assistance.

    Interest-free loans or grants are given to pay rental arrears to keep clients in their threatened housing.

    Our staff provides guidance and expertise.

    We support anxious clients through the housing court process and act as an advocate for clients in securing additional benefits.

    Preventing homelessness for more than 25 years.

    Since 1991. The Bridge Fund of New York Inc. has provided loans and grants of over $19.7 million, benefiting 35,300 individuals, including 15,800 children.
    “Homelessness for children is more than the loss of a house. It separates them from their belongings, their pets, reassuring routines, friends and community. Ongoing, chronic stress can have profound and lasting effects that may still be manifested in adulthood.”Dr Ellen Bassuk, Founder of the National Center on Family Homelessness

    Who we serve.


    Clients Are Working Poor Individuals and Families

    They work as


  • administrative support staff
  • hotel & restaurant workers
  • home care attendants
  • security guards
  • school employees


  • Bridge Fund clients have low income, high rents*


    $23,844 average annual income – Westchester
    $1,987 monthly – 44% spent on rent


    $26,172 average annual income – New York City
    $2,181 monthly – 40% spent on rent


    They are referred to the programs by


  • social service agencies
  • religious organizations
  • legal service providers
  • community groups
  • unions

  • They fall behind in their rent because


  • uninsured illness or accident
  • reduction in work hours or wages
  • loss of a rent-paying resident
  • care-giving responsibilities
  • temporary unemployment

  • Most live in rent-regulated housing, almost impossible to replace, if lost



    Children are hurt most by loss of a home*


  • 39% of Westchester clients are children
  • 30% of New York City clients are children

  • Clients are culturally diverse, like our communities*


  • 67% African American
  • 23% Hispanic
  • 9% Caucasian
  • 1% Other
  • Source: 2014 Bridge Fund Data