Description & History

The mission of BronxWorks is to help individuals and families improve their economic and social well-being. From toddlers to seniors, we feed, shelter, teach, and support our neighbors to build a stronger community. BronxWorks made a difference in the lives of over 50,000 Bronx residents in the past year.

Our accomplishments for 2018 include the following:


  • Our food pantries distributed 7,350 bags of food worth $203,000, enabling low-income households to prepare 36,750 meals.
  • Our Community Centers, Fresh Food Box, pantries, and farm stands provided low-income households with over 675,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • We enrolled 371 households for SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits with an annual value of $564,000.
  • We served 500,000 meals to seniors, children, young adults, and people with chronic health conditions.
  • Around 1,650 people were engaged in healthy eating and nutrition education activities.


  • The Homeless Outreach Team made 43,928 contacts with street homeless persons, placing 150 in permanent housing, 329 in stabilization beds, and 168 at the Living Room. We provided temporary shelter to 633 homeless adults.
  • BronxWorks is the social services provider for The Brook, where supportive housing services are provided for 120 previously homeless individuals.
  • Our three homeless family shelters served 272 families with 1,093 people, helping 156 families with 549 people obtain permanent housing.
  • Our eviction prevention programs combined kept 5,560 families with 17,747 people safely in their homes, securing around $10.4 million in arrears payments.
  • Our CityFHEPS housing assistance program helped 478 households obtain $5.8 million in rent subsidies.


  • Our Children & Youth Department programs engaged 140 preschool children and 6,311 school-aged youth.
  • Our Workforce Development Department programs provided work readiness, skills certification, or financial literacy services to 1,377 persons.
  • At our pool, 140 people learned to swim and 191 improved their skills by at least one level.
  • At our senior centers, 1,401 older adults participated in an educational or recreational activity, including 759 attending a computer class or accessing the Internet, and 41 attending ESOL classes.
  • ESOL/Civics classes helped 450 people from 50 countries acquire or improve their English language skills.


  • We enrolled 4,791 people without insurance into a health plan.
  • 653 people participated in our Community Health Home program, which helps individuals manage medications, make and keep appointments with doctors, and connects clients to social services.
  • Our immigration services helped 1,847 New Americans from 70 countries retain legal residency status or become citizens.
  • Our Family Enrichment Program engaged 120 families with about 350 children at risk of foster care intervention.
  • Our Harm Reduction program engaged 53 persons with a history of substance abuse.
  • We provided free income tax preparation assistance to 5,038 households, enabling them to secure $8.9 million in refunds.
  • Workforce development efforts enabled 372 working age adults and 665 youth (ages 16 to 24) to secure jobs.
  • Our walk-in offices and Single Stop program assisted 2,455 people, providing 3,561 consultations or forms of assistance.
  • Case managers at our senior centers and NORC provided 2,804 units of case assistance to 1,453 older adults.

About the organization

BronxWorks Inc.

Karla Velasquez
Senior Financial Counselor
718-993-8880 ext: 226
Sharon Fortis
Financial Counselor
718-993-8880 ext: 245
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