History
The Bridge Fund of New York Inc.

2016

NYC Program Celebrates 25th Year

The Bridge Fund of New York City marks its 25th year of preventing homelessness.

2015

25 Years Serving Westchester

The Bridge Fund of Westchester celebrates 25 years; The County Executive sends a special proclamation honoring The Bridge Fund of Westchester.

2013

Support Veterans

The Bridge Fund begins providing financial assistance to Afghanistan War veterans who were facing eviction.

2012

Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy hits New York City in October. The Bridge Fund focuses on helping victims of the storm who lost wages due to closed businesses, transportation challenges or unforeseen expenses.

2009

Increase Households Served

Requests for assistance increase by 86 percent in New York City as unemployment reaches double digits. A large foundation grant enables the program to increase the number of households served. The Bridge Fund of Westchester receives 28 percent more applications for assistance than the previous year; those seeking help due to unemployment rises by 39 percent.

2007

The Bridge Fund Serves Brooklyn

The Bridge Fund program offers client services in Brooklyn, now serving all five boroughs. To help “bridge” the gap until senior citizens are eligible for their pensions and Social Security benefits, The New York City program implements Rent Subsidy Project for Pre-Retirement Workers which ensures seniors hold on to their rent-stabilized apartments.

2004

NYC Mayor Recognition of The Bridge Fund

In New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaims February 12th, 2004 “Bridge Fund Day” in recognition of its contributions to homelessness prevention.

2003

Bridge Fund Day

A Proclamation is given to The Bridge Fund of Westchester declaring June 18, 2003 “Bridge Fund Day” in Westchester County.

2002

Northeast Expansion

Replicating the New York City program, The Bridge Fund of Massachusetts begins providing services and financial assistance to the greater Boston area while a similar program launch in Bridgeport, CT.

2001

Launches Project Recovery

The Bridge Fund hires a Project Director to launch and implement Project Recovery, a program that aids secondary victims and families of 9/11. The Bridge Fund services expand to Queens.

1995

The Bridge Fund of New York Inc

The Bridge Fund is incorporated as The Bridge Fund of New York Inc and designated a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

1992

The Bridge Fund of New York City

The Bridge Fund of New York City is created with the very generous support of donors and foundations. The Manhattan office opens as a program of the Hudson Guild, dedicated to serving a particularly poor area on the Lower East Side.

1991

The Bridge Fund of Westchester

The Bridge Fund of Westchester is founded by Oscar and Nan Pollock, with encouragement from Father Peter Larom of Grace Episcopal Church in White Plains, a leading advocate for the homeless. On January 15, 1991—at a time when there are 4,500 homeless individuals in Westchester County---The Bridge Fund opens its doors with a single employee. In its first year, it issues 132 loans and grants.