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Through the Newborn Home Visiting Program (NHVP), the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provides assistance to new mothers living in certain areas of the Bronx, Brooklyn, or Manhattan. The program also helps to identify families eligible to receive a free crib.

A health worker makes a one-time home visit to a new mother who has recently given birth. The health worker will offer help with:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Creating a safe home
  • Accessing social services

To be eligible, you must:

  • Have already given birth
  • Reside in a neighborhood serviced by NHVP
  • Be interested in education and assistance with breastfeeding

Learn more about the Newborn Home Visiting Program.

Download the Newborn Home Visiting Program brochure.

The following neighborhoods in the Bronx are eligible for services through NHVP:

  • Mott Haven
  • Highbridge
  • Hunts Point
  • Morrisania
  • Tremont
  • Crotona

Through the Cribs for Kids initiative, eligible families with a child younger than 3 months may also receive a free crib. NHVP determines eligibility based on need and home Zip Code. For the Bronx, only parents living in these Zip Codes may be eligible for a free crib:

10451, 10452, 10453, 10454, 10455, 10456, 10457, 10459, 10460, 10474

Call 311 for assistance.

The following neighborhoods in Brooklyn are eligible for services through NHVP:

  • Bushwick
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant
  • Brownsville
  • East New York

Through the Cribs for Kids initiative, eligible families with a child less than 3 months old may also receive a free crib. NHVP determines eligibility based on need and home zip code. For Brooklyn, only parents living in these zipcodes may be eligibile for a free crib:

11205, 11206, 11207, 11208, 11212, 11213, 11216, 11221, 11233, 11237

Call 311 for assistance.

The following neighborhoods in Manhattan are eligible for services through NHVP:

  • East Harlem
  • Central Harlem

Call 311 for assistance.