Northwest Bronx Resource Center

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The Northwest Bronx Resource Center is a collaborative effort with six established nonprofits to provide a range of free financial and affordable housing services. All services are offered in the Refuge House, located at 2715 Bainbridge Avenue off of East 196th Street.

Call us at (718) 933-2539 to make an appointment for:

  • Income Tax Preparation
  • Financial Education Workshops and 1:1 Coaching
  • Benefits Screening
  • Help for Bronx Homeowners
  • NYC Housing Connect Application Assistance
  • NYC Rent Freeze (SCRIE/DRIE) Application Assistance for Seniors and people with disabilities
  • Eviction Prevention and Tenants Rights Information
  • Reduced Fare MetroCard for Seniors (65+) and people with disabilities

No Walk-ins. All services are provided by trained professionals and by appointment only.

The UNHP Free Tax Preparation Program is supervised by trained professionals and taxes are prepared by IRS trained volunteers. Tax appointments can be made starting in January each year. All services are free. Click here for a list of upcoming events, including financial education workshops.

1-on-1 Financial Coaching is just one of the services offered at the Northwest Bronx Resource Center.
1-on-1 Financial Coaching is just one of the services offered at the Northwest Bronx Resource Center.

Our Partners at the Northwest Bronx Resource Center

UNHP has long been active in preserving and creating affordable housing in the neighborhood and providing assistance to local residents. This year working with our partners, we helped over 1,500 low income Bronx residents file their taxes for free and will build an ongoing relationship for other services.

  • Ariva is a leader in free tax preparation services in New York City, and works to empower low-wealth New Yorkers with effective tools and resources so they can make informed financial choices and achieve economic stability.
  • Fordham Bedford Community Services (FBCS) runs and manages programs for children and neighborhood residents at Refuge House. FBCS offers an after-school program, a youth summer camp, programs and access to a fully equipped computer lab, immigration services and a daycare provider network. FBCS provides staff and space to UNHP’s tax program and UNHP is proud to share Refuge House with FBCS and expand the services available to neighborhood residents.
  • Legal Aid Society works with UNHP by providing a trained legal expert at our office once a month who can work with homeowners and assist them to address their mortgage, lien and foreclosure issues, and remain in their homes. Assistance with STAR program enrollment is also available to senior and low-income homeowners to reduce property taxes.
  • In partnership with Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, the UNHP Northwest Bronx Resource Center became a NYC Financial Empowerment Center in 2017. The Center offers free 1:1 financial counseling 3 days a week by appointment.

  • UNHP is also working the Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, an established financial education non-profit with a full service credit union arm, to provide group financial workshops that consist of a five class series alternating in English and Spanish.
  • Part of the Solution (POTS) started out as a soup kitchen and now offers a “single stop” to people in need, offering a wide range of assistance from meals to social services. POTS provides SNAP and healthcare insurance services to UNHP via a TEN tracker system. UNHP refers clients through this system and POTS follows up with an appointment. POTS is walking distance from the Northwest Bronx Resource Center and has been a community partner with UNHP for many years.

  • NYC Tenant Support Unit, is the Center’s newest partner. Created by Mayor DiBlasio to provide assistance to tenants at risk of harassment or displacement, the Unit provides assistance and referrals to tenants facing eviction, landlord harassment, poor housing conditions and seeking affordable housing. In addition to legal referrals, TSU helps tenants by connecting them to other vital City services, such as HomeBase and HRA Job Centers.

“Community work is a team effort.” -Jim Buckley, UNHP Executive Director.

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Accomplishments

  1. UNHP launched the Northwest Bronx Resource Center at a ribbon cutting ceremony in July 2012, and has since then served over 11,000 clients.
  2. The Center provides a range of financial and affordable housing services from six experienced non-profits at one Northwest Bronx location.
  3. Sign up today for free tax preparation, homeowner assistance,eviction prevention, NYC Housing Connect and Rent Freeze enrollment, healthcare access, public benefits screening, financial and budgeting help, and referrals for small businesses and startups!

“I was very pleased not only to find the [free tax] services of UNHP, but to have the process explained to us. We were also both able to attend the financial education classes and now our finances are more organized and we are saving regularly.”

— Esbelin Guzman and Julio Almonte, Bronx Residents