BFNC Hope Center

Your One-Stop for Customized Financial Services

The BFNC Hope Center is a neighborhood center for individuals and families focusing on economic advancement, empowerment and financial education. In one convenient location, The Hope Center offers a network of community resources to assist individuals and families with career services, financial planning, and management to build future wealth.
Please view our BROCHURE  BFNC-Hope-Center-Brochure_2024
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FREE TAX SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENT

2024 FREE TAX SERVICES ARE NOW OFFERED.
January 27, 2024 - April 15, 2024 
BFNC VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA) PROGRAM
VITA at BFNC Westminster Community House
FOR ALL APPOINTMENTS PLEASE REGISTER at 2-1-1 WNY

LOCATION: BFNC Westminster Community House 419 Monroe Street, Buffalo, NY 14212 -  1st Floor, Buffalo, NY 14212

****The Main Entrance is located at the back of the building **** Please follow signage in parking lot**** BRIEF VIDEO TO GUIDE YOU -7585f4241ed1479c81d23a5bbf56fa67 NOTE: FIRST SHILOH BAPTIST  CHURCH TAX SERVICES IS NOW PART OF THE BFNC FREE TAX PROGRAM.  VITA ELIGIBLE  PRIOR  CLIENTS ARE WELCOMED.
How VITA Can Help You - The VITA Program The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is an IRS-sponsored program that works with non-profit organizations to provide free basic income tax return preparation for qualified individuals. VITA uses IRS-certified volunteers to prepare an accurate, professional return that includes free electronic filing of both federal and state returns.
Are You Eligible for VITA? The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $64,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

****A BRIEF CHECK LIST****
  • Schedule an Appointment - CALL 2-1-1
  • Your annual income must be $64,000 or less.
  • Bring ID & Security Card
  • BRING Income Statements (W2’s, 1099’s, Retirement, interest and investment account statements)
  • BRING Proof of expenses (Tuition Statements, Day Care Invoices, Vehicle Expenses if you UBER, LYFT or Doordash)
  • Appointments are REQUIRED . Call 2-1-1 (No exceptions).    
  • Please arrive ON TIME for your scheduled appointment.** CONTACT BFNC – 716-852-5065 ext. 601**
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Our mission is to enhance quality of life, increase financial security, and support economic independence.

The BFNC HOPE CENTER is a member of the United Way CASH Coalition, an agency collaboration with a focus on improving the financial health of hard-working families in Western New York.


OUR SERVICES

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program:
Provides free income eligible tax preparation services for individuals and families making under $58,000 a year.

Benefits Screening and Assistance:
We can assist you in applying for Medicaid, TANF (Cash Assistance), Social Security, SNAP benefits, HEAP, insurance programs and more.

Financial Education and Planning:
The Institute for Sustainable Economic Impact & Financial Well-Being helps to empower individuals to achieve economic stability and financial success.

Support Services:

  • Money Management/Budgeting
  • Checking & Savings Account Education
  • Credit Report Review & Score Education



Banking Education:

  • Checking and Savings Accounts
  • Home Ownership
  • Workforce Development Services

Civil Legal Advice and Resource Clinic (CLARO)
An appointment & walk-in legal clinic.

We offer FREE legal advice & help from an attorney on:

    • Collections
    • Garnishments
    • Frozen bank accounts
    • Court cases or judgments related to credit card debts, medical debts, student loans, car loans, utilities collections, lines of credit, charge accounts, foreclosures