The mission of Jacob A. Riis Settlement House is to build and strengthen the underserved communities of Western Queens and act as a catalyst for change. Riis Settlement is a community-based non-profit organization that offers comprehensive services to the youth, adults, seniors, and families of Queensbridge, Ravenswood and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco)
Executive Director: Nancy Biberman
50 East 168th Street
Bronx, NY 10452
The Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) works in the South Bronx to restore pride of place, empower residents, and make neighborhoods livable and healthy. They build energy efficient and affordable homes; provide early childhood education and family support; promote youth development; and catalyze business development among local merchants and individual entrepreneurs. WHEDco offers affordable housing to low-income individuals and families, including the formerly homeless, and provides an array of services to the community from two Bronx-locations: Morrisania and Crotona Park East. A third affordable housing development, which will feature an arts-based charter school and WHEDco's Bronx Music Heritage Center, an educational and performance center celebrating music of the present and past with its roots in the Bronx, will open in 2015 in the Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx. WHEDco directly serves over 35,000 people and affects the lives of thousands more across the Bronx and New York City each year.