The Bridge Fund of Westchester
Y-ERA Program. Those who submit the screening form will be added to a waitlist for potential assistance through future funding.
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Questions? Please email us at Westchester@theBridgeFund.org
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Who we are.
Director, The Bridge Fund of Westchester
Grace Perry, Sharon Whyte,
Jacqueline Melendez, Marie Pepkolaj
Recent Success Stories in Westchester
Director’s Annual Message
2020 Year in Review:
In 2020, The Bridge Fund of Westchester responded to the myriad of challenges our working poor clients faced in the difficult and dangerous world of COVID-19. The Westchester team reacted quickly to respond to client emergencies in an efficient and timely manner. In the end, it was a productive year in which we were able to meet the essential needs of some of Westchester’s most vulnerable residents.
The Program received 3,530 requests for assistance throughout the year. All were able to utilize at least one of our services. Importantly, 358 households were stabilized in their threatened housing or were helped to move to more affordable homes. They received financial assistance to address rental arrears, or short-term case management, or budget counseling to resolve their immediate crisis. These households included 722 individuals, of which 321 were children.
COVID-19 posed new challenges and we adapted our services to address the many needs our clients faced. Through discussions with network providers and partnerships with community-based organizations, The Bridge Fund of Westchester was able to work collaboratively to meet the urgent needs of clients. Our team conducted six community outreach events where we masked-up and provided residents with compassion, patience, and immediate aid. In addition to processing applications for rent and utility assistance, we also aided families in applying for various entitlements and support services. We were able to help with food pantry disbursements, and provide food cards and childcare items that could sustain families throughout the pandemic. With these additional efforts, The Bridge Fund of Westchester assisted 107 households with their utility bills, 468 households with food cards and 153 households with childcare items.
The Bridge Fund of Westchester is excited to share the news of our latest project, Yonkers Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). We are partnering with the city of Yonkers and four other community agencies to disburse nearly $6 million in Federal rental arrears funds, utility assistance, moving expenses and rental subsidies, to individuals and families residing in Yonkers, who are financially impacted by COVID-19. The program is part of the Federal government’s efforts to avoid mass evictions and homelessness, as outlined in Anthony Sabia’s letter. We are proud to acknowledge our role in its development and implementation. The city of Yonkers awarded The Bridge Fund of Westchester $1.6 million to do the work that we do best—helping the working poor preserve their housing. The program began June 1, 2021, and has received an outpouring of requests for assistance.
The ERAP program is being handled separately from our main Westchester program, which serves the whole county and relies heavily on private funding. We are so grateful to our supporters that have made The Bridge Fund a leader in the battle against homelessness and poverty in Westchester.