In 2009, 15.5 million children in American - more than 1 in 5 - were poor. (Children's Defense Fund)

Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco)

Bronx

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.

Literacy

United Neighborhood Houses supports literacy by advocating for family literacy and adult literacy programs.  

Issues and Programs

Families United for Learning and Literacy (FULL)

Families United for Learning and Literacy was formed by United Neighborhood Houses, its member settlement houses, and partner organizations in 2017 to expand family literacy programming in order to meet the educational and economic needs of New York families.  Learn more »

New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy

Adult literacy levels in New York City rank consistently below the national average, primarily because of the large number of foreign-born residents (47 percent) who speak a language other than English in their homes. Despite the estimated 1.5 million adults in New York City who need literacy-building services, government-funded English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and adult literacy programs can only serve 62,000 individuals at any given time.  Learn more »