The Bridge Fund of Westchester

A Program of The Bridge Fund of New York Inc.

Who we are.

Margaret Scally

Director, The Bridge Fund of Westchester

Lisa Buck
Former Director
The Bridge Fund of Westchester

Karl Bertrand
President, Program Design and Development

Gail Fattizzi
Executive Director,
Westchester Real Estate

Harley Lewis
Congregation Kol Ami

Maureen Maguire
President, Think Research

Jon Posner
CEO, Broxville-Ley Real Estate, LLC

Murray Shapiro
Social Action Committee, Congregation Kol Ami

Westchester Staff
Left to Right: Jacqueline Melendez, Margaret Scally and Sharon Sydnor-Whyte

Director’s Annual Message

In 2015, The Bridge Fund of Westchester celebrated 25 years of homelessness prevention services among the working poor. Since 1991, the program has financially assisted 14,828 individuals, including 6,733 vulnerable children, in 5,939 households.

Although Westchester is one of the most affluent counties in the US, it is also home to many working poor individuals who perform essential services in our community. They are the janitors, social workers, administrative assistants, teachers, home health aides, and sales clerks on whom we all depend.

According to the American Community Survey data, approximately 22% of county families live at or below 200% of the federal poverty guide- lines. This means that in 2015, about 200,000 adults and children lived on an income of less than $3,348 a month for a household of three. Our typical client household has an income of $1,987 a month. Raising a family in Westchester is very difficult for the working poor, since the cost of living, especially for housing and utilities, is much higher than the national average.

Today, while Westchester County continues to benefit from the slow economic recovery, the working poor actually have seen little improvement and continue to struggle paycheck to paycheck. Indeed, their wages have been fairly stagnant during the last 25 years, while rents continue to rise. Any reduction in income due to shorter work hours or job layoff, or increased expenses for family caregiving or medical problems, can cause a significant financial crisis. Our clients have little in the way of savings and have fallen behind in their rental obligations. Yet, when faced with imminent housing loss, they often do not qualify for any government assistance because of their modest income.

Since opening our doors in 1991, our clients have relied on The Bridge Fund of Westchester to work swiftly and efficiently to resolve their housing crisis. What was true 25 years ago, remains our guiding principle: “Prevention is the best cure for homelessness.”

Margaret Scally, Director
The Bridge Fund of Westchester