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Lisa Buck, Director,The Bridge Fund of Westchester
Lisa Buck, Director
The Bridge Fund of Westchester


 


171 East Post Road
Suite 200
White Plains, NY 10601


Our Clients are

Customer service
representatives

Administrative
support staff

Government employees

Dry cleaning attendants

Restaurant wait staff

Hotel workers

Bus drivers

School aides

Home health aides

Client Demographics:

  • 71% African/American
  • 21% Hispanic
  • 7% Caucasian
  •  1% Asian

Of our income in 2012, we spent:

  • 80.5% on client services
  • 13.6% on administration
  • 5.9% on fundraising

The Bridge Fund of Westchester

A Program of The Bridge Fund of New York Inc.

"...One of the strongest weapons against homelessness that Westchester County has -- The Bridge Fund." The Lewisboro Ledger, January 25, 2007

The Bridge Fund of Westchester: Essential Leadership in Economic Crisis Prevention

The Bridge Fund of Westchester provides critical assistance to working poor families and individuals who have fallen behind in their rent but donít qualify for government assistance. Our private funding gives us the flexibility to quickly resolve housing crises and keep our clients in their apartments. As a result, families remain together and children stay in their neighborhood schools.

Our clients are the first to be affected and the last to recover from an economic downturn, and, for them, the recession is not over. Low-income families are finding they must have multiple jobs to earn enough to pay for rent, utilities and food, especially given the critical shortage of affordable housing in Westchester. While our typical client earns almost $1,740 per month after taxes, 41% goes toward rent, even for a rent-subsidized apartment. The cost of housing has become a major factor in whether or not the working poor can live here. Our clients work as teachersí aides, health care attendants, hotel and restaurant workers, administrative support staff, security guards, and supply many other services we all depend on. The Bridge Fundís success in helping them hold on to their apartments is more important than ever to the health and strength of our communities.

Despite the economic uncertainty, the modest financial assistance and budget counseling provided by The Bridge Fund is enough to stabilize a hard-working family or individual for the long term. Our outcomes show that more than 90% of all the households we monitor are stable one year after receiving Bridge Fund financial assistance.

When Hurricane Sandy hit our area, The Bridge Fund was able to quickly assist those with storm-related expenses not covered by government relief or insurance. The Bridge Fund of Westchester provided assistance to households that lost wages due to the closing of businesses or roads and public transportation, or had minor damages caused by the storm. We are grateful for the generous and timely grant from JPMorgan Chase and the support of numerous individuals for this purpose.

The Bridge Fund could not continue to provide for hard-working families and individuals in need without the generous support of all of its funders and partnering agencies. We are grateful for this support. It allows those who would otherwise go unassisted find the help they need and deserve.

The Westchester program is honored to have the steadfast commitment of several volunteers. Thank you to Murray Shapiro and Congregation Kol Ami for their on-going contributions to our food pantry, and to Susan Ferretti and Phyllis Ross for their valuable office skills and hard work.

The Bridge Fund of Westchester Staff

The Bridge Fund of Westchester Staff
from left: Sharon Whyte, Lisa Buck, Vivian DeJesus

The Bridge Fund of Westchester
Program Activity 2012

The Bridge Fund of Westchester, 2012

  1. Assistance may be loans or grants, critical information and referrals, budget counseling.
  2. Bridge Fund households can receive a combination of loans and grants.
  3. Funding secured by The Bridge Fund partnering with other agencies.
  4. Money accumulated by client, but insufficient to resolve housing crisis.
  5. Clients can repay as little as $5 per month upto $100 per month.

Last Year We...

  • prevented 272 evictions & foreclosures
  • helped 599 people
  • handled 2,897 requests for assistance

In Westchester, our average assistance is $850 per household.

Our clients pay 41% of their net income on rent

Of our clients, 45% are children.

 

Advisory Committee

Karl Bertrand
President, Program Design and Development

Steve Cahn
DML Mortgage Enterprises, Inc.

Gail Fattizzi
Executive Director,
Westchester Real Estate

Richard Hobish
Executive Director, Westchester-Fairfield Pro Bono Partnership

Harley Lewis
Congregation Kol Ami

Dennis McDermott
Vice President, Community Relations Northeast Team, JPMorgan Chase Bank

Maureen Maguire
President, Think Research

Jon Posner
CEO, Broxville-Ley Real Estate, LLC

Murray Shapiro
Social Action Committee, Congregation Kol Ami

Thomas Watkins
Formerly Manager, Union Carbide Corporation

John Weiner
Founder, the Free Books Store and retired teacher

Nicholas Wolff
President, Century 21 Wolff Realtors

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