Our Approach

Phipps Neighborhoods helps children, youth, and families in low-income communities rise above poverty. We work in South Bronx neighborhoods where we can address the greatest barriers to lasting success through education and career programs, and access to community resources. We’re dedicated to our neighborhoods for the long term, supporting individuals and families as they establish self-sufficiency. Our services create opportunities for people to thrive in every aspect of their lives.

Phipps Neighborhoods has developed a Community Impact model to maximize our ability to provide communities with the resources needed to increase opportunities, strengthen neighborhoods and transcend poverty. This model is marked by four key characteristics: targeted program areas, an integrated approach, a continuous improvement strategy and a geographic focus.

We provide services in three key areas. Phipps Neighborhoods has identified three areas as the best ways to systematically address the risk factors associated with poverty. Our education programs include early childhood education, after-school programs and summer camps for school age children. To help older youth begin careers, we offer high school equivalency preparation, English for speakers of other languages, college prep and work readiness services. And, to help our community members address the barriers that limit their success, we offer community resources including resident support, financial counseling, free tax prep, assistance accessing benefits and more.

Our integrated approach makes us different. Because lasting change most often requires more than one service, we focus on connecting our participants to the full scope of services they need. These services are provided in a comprehensive, integrated manner – streamlining the participants’ experience to minimize bureaucracy. We connect participants to these services through our own programs or through community partnerships. This integration helps us respond to our participants’ needs in a holistic way.

We understand that it is all about impact, and we are committed to ensuring our programs have real results. Measuring outcomes is a fundamental part of how we work. Through our centralized database, we track individual participants across multiple programs, ensuring they have all the resources they need to be self-sufficient. At the same time, we analyze our program management and our impact on participants so we can make adjustments and optimize in real time.

We work in the South Bronx communities that face enormous need. The high poverty rates in these neighborhoods leads to almost insurmountable disadvantages, from dramatically high numbers of youth who are disconnected from work and school to parents who don’t have the resources they need to keep their young children healthy and safe.

Phipps Houses was founded in 1905 by a one million dollar gift from Henry Phipps with the goal of addressing the poor housing conditions in New York City. From this initial gift, a legacy of increasing opportunities for low- and moderate-income families was born.

Together, Phipps Houses and Phipps Neighborhoods are creating a better community for us all.