At a time of record NYC homelessness, Bronx tenants are feeling the pressure of rising rents and fixed or stagnant incomes. Many need assistance to fight eviction, tenant harassment, and to receive basic housing services like heat and hot water. Others are seeking an apartment or subsidies that would help make their apartments more affordable for their families. UNHP organized the Bronx Tenant Housing Resource Fair and materials to assist Bronx residents seeking to remain housed, find another apartment or connect to services.
On Wednesday, November 30th, UNHP organized a Tenant Housing Fair with the assistance of 10 partners, providing information and assistance with eviction prevention, legal services, rental subsidies and other services to help Bronxites remain in their apartments and understand their rights, available resources and the limited opportunities for new affordable housing.
The UNHP Tenant Housing Fair ran from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and representatives hosted tables for individual help and gave an introduction to attendees about their services. Two brief workshops were offered; one on Tenant Rights and Eviction Prevention Resources led by The Legal Aid Society, NYC Tenant Support Unit and HomeBase, and another on Finding, Qualifying and Applying for Affordable Housing led by Jumelia Abrahamson of UNHP and Gerard from Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation.
The attendees were able to attend and ask questions at both workshops as well as get on-the spot-help at the tables with partner groups. A satisfactory credit report and savings for security are usually required as part of a new apartment application. The UNHP Financial Coach, Alma Rojas, via The Financial Clinic, provided credit scores to 17 of the participants and scheduled 13 people for follow-up assistance at the NWBRC. UNHP also provided information on the NYC Rent Freeze Program and made appointments for 16 people for SCRIE/DRIE applications and Housing Connect sign-ups. In preparation for the event, a UNHP IPED intern investigated the application process for local nonprofit housing developers and private managers. The UNHP Bronx Affordable Housing Providers & Private Managers listing and Bronx Senior Citizen Housing Providers List were made available to attendees. Other non-profit and city agencies also provided both direct help and access for follow-up services, including legal assistance, benefits help, assistance with rent arrears, eviction prevention services such as one shot deals and rental subsidies, and information about NYC housing lotteries.Attendees expressed satisfaction with the Fair. 19 people took an exit survey and 100% found the fair helpful, 80% of those surveyed found the services at the fair very useful and 93% found the help they were looking for. Attendees were interested in more in-depth information and most attendees were interested in searching for a new affordable apartment. While most found the Fair to be helpful, not everyone received the answers they were seeking. Long waiting lists for affordable apartments, ineligibility for rent subsidies, and problems with the quality of their living conditions are parts of the NYC housing crisis for low-income families and are not easy to resolve.
Thank you to all the groups that came to UNHP’s Tenants Housing Resource Fair (listing of organizations and services are below). We are grateful for your partnership and look forward to working with you in the future to assist northwest Bronx residents. Thank you as well to the over 60 Bronx tenants who braved the rain and came seeking help to remain in their apartments or seek a more affordable alternative. Thank you to Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation for your participation and use of the space as well as Fordham Bedford Community Services at Refuge House. Thank you to Citi for their support of our work to offer housing services, such as NYC Rent freeze, Credit Repair and Housing Connect at the Northwest Bronx Resource Center.
University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP) Northwest Bronx Resource Center
Free Financial Services, Credit Repair, SCRIE/DRIE Application, Housing Connect, Tax Preparation. *by appointment only*
2751 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468 – (718) 933-2539
For guides, affordable housing property listings and more visit our publications page on our website.
- Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation (FBHC)
Improving Bronx neighborhoods by providing community run housing that is safe, sound and affordable.*Currently not accepting applications*
The Financial Clinic
1:1 Financial Coaching at the Northwest Bronx Resource Center
2715 Bainbridge Avenue *by appointment only* – (718) 933-2539 to make an appointment
POTS (Part of the Solution)
A single stop organization that offers meals, a food pantry, SNAP & health insurance enrollment, case management and housing and immigration legal services.
Legal Open Intake Monday, Thursday and Friday 9:00-11:30AM for housing and public benefits cases
2759 Webster Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458 - 718-220-4892
West Bronx Housing & Neighborhood Resource Center
Help with Tenant/Landlord Disputes, SCRIE/DRIE, Section 8, Navigating Housing Court, Medicare/Medicaid, Eviction Prevention and Immigration.
Call for information and assistance.
220 East 202nd Street Bronx, NY 10453 - 718-798-0929
The Legal Aid Society
Free legal assistance on housing, immigration, criminal and civil cases. Call 212-577-3300 for information and to see if you qualify.
Bronx Neighborhood Office - 260 E. 161st Street, Bronx, New York 10451
Tel.: (718) 991-4600
Bronx Housing Court Office, 1118 Grand Concourse (at 166th Street) Bronx, NY 10451
Tel.: (718) 681-8712
Homebase - HELP USA
Case Management, Legal Assistance, One-shot deals and other financial help for rent arrears, housing placement help, employment services and housing subsidy applications.
Homebase 1 – 775 Crotona Park North Bronx, NY - (718) 299-8473 (CD 3 & 6)
Homebase II – 1780 Grand Concourse, Lower Level 1 Bronx, NY – (347) 266-4540 (CD 5, 7, & 8)
Senator Gustavo Rivera’s Office
The Senator’s office offers free legal services, housing help and other services by schedule and during walk-in hours.
2432 Grand Concourse, Suite 506 Bronx, NY 10458 – (718) 933-2034
Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition
Community Organizers - Assistance organizing your building to fight for services and against harassment, legal services.
103 East 196th Street Bronx, NY 10468 – (718) 584-0515
NYC Tenant Support Unit
Created by Mayor DiBlasio to provide assistance to tenants at risk of harassment or displacement; In addition to legal referrals, TSU helps tenants by connecting them to other vital City services, such as HomeBase and HRA Job Centers, and enrolling eligible tenants in SCRIE/DRIE Rent Freeze.
Call 311 for legal and other tenant help.
Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit
The Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU) is the connection between City Hall and New York City residents throughout the five boroughs.
Residents can call 311.