Neighborhood Notes

Sen. Bailey Office Hrs. at MMCC
Constituent service hours by the office of state Sen. Jamaal T. Bailey are now available at Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC), 3450 DeKalb Ave., every first and third Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and every second and fourth Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (718) 547-8854.

Citizenship Help
Free, confidential help in obtaining citizenship and immigration information services is available via phone through CUNY Citizenship Now! through June 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be numerous languages available. For English/multilingual services, call (212) 444-5968; for Spanish, call (212) 444-5964; and for deaf/hard of hearing, call 711.

Excelsior Scholarship
Applications for the state Excelsior Scholarship, offering tuition-free scholarships for SUNY and CUNY students, are available to those whose families make up to $100,000 annually.  To be eligible, students must be New York State residents, plan to attend a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year college, take 30 credits per year (including summers and winter session), among some of the requirements. The deadline is July 21. To learn more, and to apply, go to

LGBTQ Needs Assessment
An assessment survey on the needs of the Bronx’s LGBTQ community can be filled out online at Hard copies of the survey are also available throughout the borough’s 12 community boars, with the closest at Community Board 7, 229A E. 204th St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (718) 590-3500.

Preserving NCBH
Volunteers are needed to join the Bronx Healthcare Coalition, which seeks to ensure North Central Bronx Hospital remains a public hospital. For more information and to join, email

Foreclosure Prevention
Are you at risk of foreclosure? Have you missed mortgage payments or think you will soon? Make your free appointment today to speak with a Legal Aid representative, available once a month at the UNHP Northwest Bronx Resource Center at 2715 Bainbridge Avenue (*by appointment only*). If you are at risk of foreclosure or having issues with your mortgage, property taxes, water and sewer charges, or other liens. Representatives can also review legal documents pertaining to your home before you sign or submit. Call 718-933-2539 to make your appointment or for more information.

Bird Walks
Free bird walk tours, sponsored by Councilman Andrew Cohen with guides provided by the New York City Audubon Society and Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy, are scheduled for every Saturday from now through July 29 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy. Meet at the VC Nature Center. For more information, contact Joseph McManus at

Housing Assistance
Free housing assistance on topics relating to tenant harassment, denial of repairs/services, evictions, overchargers, and more are available at the office of Assemblyman Victor Pichardo every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2175 Jerome Ave., Suite C. For more information, call (718) 933-6909.

Immigration Services
Free immigration services ranging from naturalization, citizenship, visa renewals, and information on DACA are available by appointment at the office of Councilman Ritchie Torres, 573 E. Fordham Rd. (entrance on Hoffman Street) Mondays and the first and third Wednesday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (718) 842-8100.

Literacy Initiative
The New York City Department of Education has announced a reading initiative where students from grades kindergarten through second grade can receive 11 different books from 40 different book titles. For more information, contact your child’s school principal.

Community Garden Program
A free 16-week education, skills-building and community development program through community gardening activities is available only for those who are on probation or recently released from prison. Participants must be committed to completing the program. For more information, call Rachel Schneider of the Hawthorne Valley Farm at (518) 672-4465, ext. 236 or email


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