Yonkers, N.Y. – March 8, 2022 – Westhab, a leading provider of affordable housing and social services, was recently awarded a $150,000 Housing for Everyone grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®. Westhab is one of 33 organizations selected from more than 357 applicants to receive a Housing for Everyone grant as part of the TD Charitable Foundation’s annual grant program helping to provide affordable housing since 2005.
The Housing for Everyone grant will support Westhab’s Dayspring Back to Work program at the brand-new Dayspring Community Center in Southwest Yonkers. By providing job-readiness and occupational skills training, as well as job placement and retention services, Dayspring Back to Work will provide job seekers with the training and support needed to find jobs in Westchester’s growing construction industry. With the help of this grant, Westhab seeks to help residents get on the pathway to a job with a living wage, gain independence, and ultimately achieve housing stability.
“We are grateful for the TD Charitable Foundation’s investment in Dayspring Back to Work, which will provide much-needed workforce development support to job seekers in Southwest Yonkers,” said Rich Nightingale, President and CEO at Westhab. “This program will make a profound impact on the lives of the individuals we serve, placing them on the path to meaningful employment and a living wage.”
The housing affordability crisis has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years, and housing organizations have worked tirelessly to meet the increasing need for assistance from individuals and families. The growing need for assistance has strained affordable housing organizations and made it difficult to continue delivering critical resources and services. Without resident services from affordable housing providers, like eviction assistance and housing search assistance, many individuals and families will struggle to find or risk losing a safe, affordable place to call home.
“The resources and support Westhab provides our communities is invaluable, particularly as so many individuals and families face continued challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The TD Charitable Foundation’s Housing for Everyone grant will empower Westhab equip even more people with the skills, knowledge and resources to feel confident about their futures,” said Andrew Bregenzer, Regional President for Metro New York at TD Bank.
The TD Charitable Foundation awarded $5.8 million through the 16th annual Housing for Everyone grant competition to a total of 33 organizations across TD Bank’s Maine-to-Florida footprint and Michigan, to help support affordable housing organizations that provide critical resident services. Since 2005, the TD Charitable Foundation has given more than $42 million to non-profit and charitable organizations through the Housing for Everyone grant competition and helped support over 500 affordable housing projects and initiatives.
The Housing for Everyone grant competition supports TD’s longstanding commitment to community enrichment through TD’s corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, which actively promotes inclusivity, economic vitality, and environmental wellbeing, enabling people of all backgrounds to succeed in a rapidly changing world.
To learn more about Housing for Everyone and for a full list of this year’s grant recipients, please visit https://www.td.com/us/en/about-us/communities/ready-commitment/funding-opportunities/housing-for-everyone/.
About Housing for Everyone
Since its inception in 2005, the TD Charitable Foundation’s annual Housing for Everyone grant competition has awarded more than $42 million to over 500 affordable housing initiatives. The Housing for Everyone grant competition supports TD’s longstanding commitment to community enrichment through TD’s corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, which actively promotes inclusivity, economic vitality, and environmental wellbeing, enabling people of all backgrounds to succeed in a rapidly changing world. As part of The Ready Commitment, TD targets US $775 million in total contributions toward community giving by 2030 in four critical areas: Financial Security, a more Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities, and Better Health.
Through this platform, TD aspires to create a more inclusive tomorrow — helping people of all backgrounds feel more confident, not just about their finances, but about their ability to achieve their goals. Visit: https://www.tdbank.com/corporate-responsibility/the-ready-commitment/.
About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has distributed over $282 million through donations to local nonprofits from Maine to Florida. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation is available at https://www.tdbank.com/corporate-responsibility/the-ready-commitment/funding-opportunities/.