Growing up in The South Bronx, I learned early on that no matter how close some things are, they may remain out of reach.
The Grand Concourse is a mere 30 minutes north of Wall Street, but it is light years away for those who ride the subway downtown to work low- and moderate-wage jobs five and sometimes six or seven days a week. While much has changed for the better in The Bronx, millions of hard-working low income families in New York and around the United States still live without a bank account and other basic financial tools that are essential for upward mobility. They see the American Dream; but it remains just beyond their grasp. Read More