Scenes From Closing Day at a Bronx Benefits Center

Tyler London outside HRA


Friday marked the final day of operations at 1365 Jerome Ave. in Mount Eden, where Human Resources Administration staff helped New Yorkers apply for food, Medicaid and cash assistance.

Tyler London outside HRA's walk-in benefits center at 1365 Jerome Ave.

Adi Talwar

Tyler London outside HRA’s walk-in benefits center at 1365 Jerome Ave. in the Bronx on its final day of operation.

On Friday, Adriano set up his plastic folding table for the last time outside the entrance of a walk-in public benefits center in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx.

Feb. 16 marked the final day of operations at 1365 Jerome Ave., where Human Resources Administration (HRA) staff helped New Yorkers apply for food, Medicaid and cash assistance. As of Tuesday, some of those services have moved to 845 Barretto St. in Hunts Point, several miles southeast and at least 30 minutes by public transit.

Adriano, who declined to provide his last name, issues free cell phones to people who qualify for public benefits. It’s a commission-based gig, and this spot, by an office he’s visited for updates on his own Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) case, ensured a stream of potential takers.

“It’s going to impact me a lot,” he said of the closure. “[Outside] the other office, they already have people from my company.” 





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