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Bronx Fall Fest 2017

Part of the Weekend Walks Program Join WHEDco’s Bronx Fall Fest on Friday, October 6th from 2-6pm, part of the NYC Department of Transportation Weekend Walks Program. The Weekend Walks program is a summer streets initiative that connects community members Read More …


Silver Anniversary Celebration

For a quarter century, WHEDco has been a leader in fostering thriving neighborhoods and creating lasting economic opportunity in the South Bronx. From our deeply affordable homes to high-quality education services, workforce development initiatives, and arts and culture programming, you Read More …


Gala Sponsorship Form

WHEDco’s 25th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at The New York Botanical Garden. The evening will include a cocktail hour, dinner, drinks, live music, and a silent auction. All proceeds will support WHEDco’s work to Read More …


Retail Space Prospect Form

If you’re looking for commercial space, please fill out this form, and our Community Development team will be in touch with you shortly.


Ready for High School? Yes!

70% of 8th grade students in Project STEP have been accepted into high-performing high schools Eighth grade students in WHEDco’s middle-to-high-school transition program, known as Project STEP, are ready to take on high school! Project STEP (Students Toward Educational Promise) is Read More …

Participants of WHEDco's Teen Program during the end-of-year dinner

Beating the Odds

100% of seniors in our Teen Program are off the college! Four years ago, as a scared high school freshman sitting through an introductory session to the Teen Program at WHEDco’s Leadership Center, Mario Ynfante never dreamed he’d be heading Read More …


Your Neighborhood, Your Business

Know Your Customers on Jerome Avenue Every year, Jerome Avenue residents go outside the neighborhood to spend $612 million on goods and services. How can your business get it back? Jerome Avenue business sales are growing faster than the Bronx Read More …

JAM students review sex-ed terms

JAM Empowers Middle and High School Students through Sex-Ed

Sixth grade students at PS/MS 218 scramble to get into groups of seven before beginning an exercise about sexual health. The exercise requires the middle-schoolers to navigate sex-ed terms like “puberty,” “hormones,” and “menstruation,” and match them with their correct Read More …

WHEDco after-school participants from PS/MS 218 onstage during BM@M 2017.

Bronx Music @ Melrose 2017 Recap!

WHEDco shuts down 161st Street for a full afternoon of family fun! Children’s laughter. A bouncy-house at full capacity. Police officers and local kids playing a competitive game of street soccer. This was the scene at the Melrose neighborhood in Read More …


Request for Proposals: Apply Today!

Jerome Avenue Business Needs Survey The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) is a nonprofit community development organization founded on the radically simple idea that all people deserve healthy, vibrant communities. Spurred by the proposed rezoning of Jerome Avenue Read More …

WHEDco Chess Team at SuperNationals

Crossing State Lines to Make us Proud

WHEDco Chess Team shows off at SuperNationals! At 3:30am on Thursday, May 11, seven sleepy students from our After School Enrichment Program at PS/MS 218 met up at their school with Program Director Jamie Yellen and Chess Coach Zak Dean. Read More …

Bronx Summer Fest 2016

WHEDco 25th Anniversary Summer Celebration Series!

Join Us for “Weekend Walks” in June We’re taking over the streets! Come join the fun at WHEDco’s two upcoming outdoor street events on Friday, June 2nd and Friday, June 23rd. As part of our celebration of 25 years of Read More …

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Bronx Commons is awarded the 2017 Creating a Dynamic City Award

During The Richman Group and RichMAC’s first annual awards ceremony! WHEDco and BFC Partners have been awarded the 2017 Creating a Dynamic City Award for their work on Bronx Commons, a 426,000 square foot, $165M mixed-used development in Melrose Commons Read More …


Shop for a Cause!

Stop by and do some shopping at Talbots on 82nd & Broadway on Thursday, May 25 from 10:00am – 7:00pm! When you mention “WHEDco” during check-out, Talbots will donate 10% of pre-tax sales on merchandise purchases at this store. Address: Read More …

Pop-up market vendor at Bronx Summer Fest 2016.

Vendor Application for Pop-Up Market

Calling all vendors! Bronx Summer Fest is back to bring all-day family fun to Crotona Park East! Part of the NYC Department of Transportation Weekend Walks Program, Bronx Summer Fest is a summer streets initiative that connects community members to Read More …


Volunteer at our Summer Street Events!

Come join the fun at WHEDco’s two upcoming outdoor street events on Friday, June 2nd and Friday, June 23rd. As part of our celebration of 25 years of building a greater Bronx, we will shut down the streets for a Read More …


Step up to the Plate

8th Annual Benefit & Ballgame at Yankee Stadium Join WHEDco during our 8th Annual Benefit and Ballgame at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, July 25th at 5:30 pm, as we celebrate another year of working in the Bronx, honor some of Read More …

Bronx Summer Fest 2016

Weekend Walks Contact Form

Calling all community engagement and service organizations that serve the Crotona Park East and Melrose neighborhoods in the South Bronx! Join WHEDco during our two upcoming outdoor summer street events, part of the NYC Department of Transportation Weekend Walks Program. Read More …


Business Attraction in Action

Melrose Retail Space Tour Recap! “I didn’t know WHEDco could do all of this!” was a phrase overheard during WHEDco’s recent Retail Space Tour across the Melrose neighborhood in the South Bronx. More than 30 attendees –who included prospective restaurateurs, Read More …


Bridging Home & School

WHEDco’s Family Literacy Program Hafsatu Jalloh stood in front of a crowd gathered at WHEDco’s Urban Horizons Early Childhood Discovery Center, home to its Head Start program. She and a group of fellow adult English learners were there to share Read More …

Street view with people

Jerome Avenue CDNA

With support from the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) in 2016, WHEDco assessed the needs of the area around the Jerome Avenue commercial corridor from McClellan Avenue up to the Cross Bronx Expressway. This corridor serves as a Read More …


Jazz Appreciation Month at the BMHC

The Bronx Celebrates Jazz History Month! April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and what better place to celebrate jazz culture than here in the Bronx, where hundreds of jazz’s most renowned musicians have come to gather and jam? From legendary jazz Read More …

Window display at Bronx Music Heritage Center Lab

BMHC Lab Rentals

The Bronx Music Heritage Center’s 1,400 square foot facility is available for rent by artists, community groups, and other entities. Space rental submissions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, depending on the type of event, date, and other considerations. Please Read More …

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Rent Burden in the South Bronx

Far too many people -particularly New Yorkers- struggle to make ends meet every month, especially when it comes to their rent. This brief uses data from the DATA2GO.NYC site to examine rent burden in the three Bronx community districts where Read More …


Melrose Oral Histories

The history of a neighborhood is made up of countless personal stories —triumphs, tribulations, families, friendships— in which the neighborhood serves as a setting and plays an important role. WHEDco, in collaboration with New York University (NYU), is looking to Read More …


Bronx CookSpace Application

Interested in joining Bronx CookSpace? We accept new tenants on a rolling basis! Please fill out this form, and we will get back to you shortly. For more information about Bronx CookSpace, please contact 718-839-1198 or


Bronx Commons Breaks Ground in Melrose

On Friday, January 13, 2017, WHEDco broke ground on its third and most ambitious affordable housing development yet: Bronx Commons! The development will be constructed in the Melrose neighborhood of the South Bronx, in partnership with BFC Partners, and will Read More …

Third avenue in Melrose, Bronx,.

Melrose Community Needs & Actions Report

WHEDco’s third affordable housing development in the Bronx, Bronx Commons, will be located in the Melrose neighborhood. To better understand and help meet the needs of the Melrose community, we conducted a community needs assessment focused on a one-mile radius Read More …


WHEDco Illuminates Christmas Tree In Melrose

On Wednesday, December 21, 2016, WHEDco’s community development department partnered with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to light a Christmas tree at Railroad Park in the Bronx. The installment of decorations caught the attention of passersby Read More …


Melrose Parranda | December 21, 2016

The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) and Make Music New York take over the streets in classic Puerto Rican and Garifuna fashion: Parranda! Join us for a rhythmic procession through Melrose as we spread holiday cheer with song and dance! Read More …


Christmas Tree Lighting at Railroad Park | December 21, 2016

Join WHEDco, NYC Parks and Make Music New York for the 2nd Annual Tree Lighting at Railroad Park! Railroad Park is located on the corner of Courtlandt Avenue and East 161st Street in the Bronx. Hot cocoa and snacks delicious Read More …


Parranda con Paranda | December 17, 2016

December 2016 Bronx Rising! Parranda con Parranda: A Puerto Rican & Garifuna Holiday Celebration Celebrate the holiday season at the Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) with holiday traditions from two of the Bronx’s distinct Latino communities: Puerto Rican and Garifuna. Read More …


Entrepreneurs Tour the Bronx to Grow their Small Businesses

On Thursday, November 10, 2016, small business owners boarded a trolley and embarked on the Southern Boulevard Retail Space Tour to take their small businesses to the next level. The tour was organized by WHEDco, in partnership with the Southern Read More …


United Airlines NYC Half Marathon | March 19th, 2017

WHEDco is a proud charity partner of New York Road Runners, Inc. (NYRR) and is once again participating in the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon, to be held on March 19th, 2017. WHEDco has been awarded five charity spots in the Read More …

Boogie Down Beer Fest 2016 attendees

Boogie Down Beer Fest Helps Build A Greater Bronx, One Craft Beer At A Time

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, Boogie Down Beer Fest returned to Bronx Beer Hall for the second consecutive year. Organized by WHEDco and its Junior Board, the event aims to raise money and awareness about WHEDco’s mission to create healthier, Read More …

nancy biberman at benefit and ballgame 2016

WHEDco President Receives National Award for Transformative Work in the South Bronx

Biberman is First in New York to Receive Peter B. Goldberg Aramark Building Community Executive Leadership Award and Grant Honor Recognizes Biberman’s Dedication to Building Affordable Housing and Vibrant Communities in the Bronx New York, NY – Nancy Biberman, president Read More …

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Urban Horizons hosts Open House New York

On Saturday, October 15, WHEDco hosted tours at Urban Horizons, its affordable housing development on 50 East 168th Street, formerly Morrisania Hospital, as part of Open House New York (OHNY) weekend. Designed by architect Charles Meyers, Morrisania Hospital opened its Read More …

Young dancers onstage at Bronx Summer Fest 2016.

Bronx Summer Fest – Total Success!

On Saturday, September 17 and Saturday, September 24, WHEDco and The Children’s Aid Society in New York partnered with the NYC Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walks program to present Bronx Summer Fest 2016 in Crotona Park East. It was a Read More …

Flyer for October Bronx Rising, Edgar Allan Poe, at Bronx Music Heritage Center lab.

Bronx Rising! Edgar Allan Poe: El Cuervo

Bring out your best costume! Celebrate Halloween season with Edgar Allan Poe poetry set to Latin rhythms, as performed by Bobby Sanabria and Project X, with special guest vocalist Jenn Jade Ledesna. Opening poems from the Master of Mystery will be Read More …

WHEDco 2016 Benefit and Ballgame

WHEDco Benefit & Ballgame

Thanks to the generosity of our friends and supporters, WHEDco raised over $200,000 to help us continue to build healthy, thriving communities for families in the South Bronx. The Benefit and Ballgame also gave us the opportunity to honor three Read More …

Flyer for Bronx Summer Fest 2016

Bronx Summer Fest – Volunteer Today!

Where? Louis Niñé Blvd, between Southern Blvd. and Jennings St. in Crotona Park East, Bronx When? 9:00am-6:00pm on Saturday, September 17th, and Saturday, September 24th WHEDco seeks enthusiastic and committed individuals to serve as volunteers during our 5th Annual Bronx Read More …

Crowd at Bronx Music Heritage Center lab.

Cultural Programming – Fall 2016

The Bronx Music Heritage Center announces its cultural programming for the Fall of 2016, jam-packed with concerts, performances, workshops, and lots more! CLICK HERE to download the full calendar!

Young students at Garden of Dreams BBQ at WHEDco Summer Arts Day Camp.

Garden of Dreams BBQ at WHEDco’s Summer Arts Day Camp

On Thursday, August 18, the Garden of Dreams Foundation, New York Liberty, and WHEDco partnered to host a summer’s end BBQ and Potluck for students and parents from WHEDco’s Summer Arts Day Camp in the Bronx. The event included music, Read More …


The NEW Boogie Down Booth Arrives in Melrose

On Tuesday, May 17, WHEDco partnered with NYC Parks and ArtPlace America to launch the new Boogie Down Booth in Melrose, the third iteration of the music installation that took Southern Boulevard by storm. The new Booth, which plays Bronx Read More …