What a year it's been already - and it only looks like it will get busier in the second half. Unfortunately, the avalanche of news coverage that comes with a presidential election will probably not highlight the good things that are happening in the Bronx or the real causes of some of the problems we are trying to address. I think that this disconnect makes our work and our collaborations with other groups even more important. We will go about our work and keep the faith that this good work will make a difference in our lives, our neighbors' lives and in our neighborhoods.
I hope you will join us at our September 12th Bronx Ale House fundraiser to celebrate this good work. Ticket and sponsorship forms are included below. First, some highlights from the last few months:
Over $1.5 Million in Fee-Free Refunds!
UNHP tax clients received $1,536,063 in fee-free refunds and an average Earned Income Tax Credit refund of $1,901. Over half of our clients earned less than $10,000 last year and 30% of our clients earned between $10,000 and $30,000. Tax refunds comprise a significant portion of many local families' annual earnings.
UNHP provided 15 tax days at our site office and 10 mobile dates at local senior housing projects and other sites including our local Citibank branch as pictured in this photo.
Launching the Northwest Bronx Resource Center
Pictured at right, Esbelin Guzman and Julio Almonte meet with a financial coach at our Resource Center. The couple, who also had their taxes prepared by UNHP, both spoke at the ribbon cutting. Julio said, "I had been looking for a free location to file my taxes and was very pleased not only to find the services of UNHP, but to have the process explained to us." Esbelin added, "We were also both able to attend the financial education classes and now our finances are more organized and we are saving regularly."
UNHP is working in collaboration with The Parodneck Foundation to provide foreclosure prevention counseling; with Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners and The Financial Clinic for group financial workshops and individual coaching; with Ariva and Fordham Bedford Community Services for tax preparation; and Project Enterprise to help current and potential small business owners with support and micro-lending. The center is located at Refuge House where Fordham Bedford Community Services already provides tutoring, summer programs for youth, immigration services and assistance to daycare providers.
Three Playgrounds at West Farms Arrive in Time for Summer
Celebrate with us at the Bronx Ale House!
If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor, there is still time to make sure your name gets etched on the pint glasses we will be distributing that evening. The deadline to be listed as a sponsor is August 15.
The Bronx Ale House is located at 216 West 238th Street in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. You can purchase tickets or become a sponsor using this form.
Thank you for your interest and partnership in our work to preserve and create affordable housing and increase resources to the Northwest Bronx. We hope to see you at the Ale House!