"Joy In Our Town" featuring Mr. Victor RIvera, CEO of the Bronx Parent Housing Network.
Mr. Victor Rivera is the CEO of the Bronx Parent Housing Network. Mr. Rivera talks about families, single fathers
in NYC, Housing and affordable Housing, Supportive Housing & Shelters in NYC.
What is the Bronx Parent Housing Network?
The Bronx Parent Housing Network (BPHN) services all districts of the Bronx in New York City. The population includes those individuals who are: living with HIV/AIDS, single parents; substance abusers; the homeless; formerly incarcerated the physically and developmentally disabled. The mission of BPHN is to promote, foster and advance the health and welfare of the targeted persons in need by providing temporary & permanent housing placement, access to resources and preventative social services to enable our clients by all means and methods to better maintain permanent stable housing that is decent, safe and sanitary.
The Bronx Parenting Housing Network is committed to developing the necessary Life & Living skills of its clients to become an asset to themselves, their family and the community. The vision of BPHN is to help communities become a safe place for individuals and families. Our organization participates in collaborations that foster better housing and economic development that can attract investment and jobs to the Bronx.
Why the BPHN was created...
In 2012, the unemployment rate in the Bronx averaged 12.7% (compared to a citywide rate of 9.2%). Historically, the unemployment rate in the Bronx has been among the highest of New York State’s 62 counties. Among the five boroughs, the Bronx had the largest share of residents in the labor force who did not have a high school diploma (nearly one-third), and the lowest share of those with a college or advanced degree (17%).
The sequester – the cuts in Federal government spending that began on March 1, 2013 – also threatens programs important to low-income Americans. For many low-income families, the distance between their earnings and the poverty threshold widened. While The Bronx added jobs during the recession, median income plunged by 13.5 percent from a peak in 2007 to $32,058 in 2011 — nearly double the citywide decline rate.
The percentage of Bronx residents who received public assistance or food stamps was twice the citywide rate in 2011, and the highest of any county in New York. Nearly half (46%) of all Bronx residents were enrolled in Medicaid.
“Progress will rest on the continued efforts by City policymakers to build “on-ramps” to the job market for those groups of New Yorkers that prosperity so often leaves behind.”