Message from the Executive Director
Homelessness is still a problem in many parts of the country. Despite the easing of the Covid issue, there has been no improvement in the overall homeless statistics. This should increase the need for significantly more preventive efforts, particularly among the working poor.
In response, The Bridge Fund of New York has deepened its commitment to innovative problem solving by partnering with community leaders, foundations, and government entities.
- In 2022, the New York City and Westchester programs stabilized 826 households, utilizing $1,413,250 in Bridge Fund financial assistance serving 1,784 individuals, including 549 children.
- In Yonkers, we successfully implemented the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, projected to serve Covid-19 impacted households.
- In Harlem, The Bridge Fund of New York City is partnering with JPMorgan Chase to implement a neighborhood-based financial literacy program helping working families manage their finances to prevent future episodes of rental arrears.
I am incredibly proud of our Bridge Fund team. They consistently challenge themselves and their colleagues to do better for our clients in an ever-changing environment.
Yet there is much more to do. We are committed to doing our part through diverse creative partnerships, commitment to high-quality service, and data-informed decisions, to address homeless prevention effectively.
We are accelerating our efforts to ensure better futures for working poor households who have faced much adversity over the last few years. We can’t do this work alone. We thank each of you who have supported us over our 32-year history. We invite those who want to be a part of our mission to prevent homelessness among the working poor to join us.