Description & History

The mission of the Urban Upbound, formerly the East River Development Alliance (ERDA) is to provide residents of four public housing neighborhoods in Western Queens - Queensbridge (the largest public housing community in the nation), Astoria, Ravenswood, and Woodside - with the tools and resources needed to achieve economic mobility and self-sufficiency, and to break intergenerational cycles of poverty. Urban Upbound achieves these objectives through four integrated, comprehensive, and long-term programs which serve over 4,500 individuals per year and are anchored by the Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union: employment services, financial empowerment services (including one-on-one financial education and counseling, comprehensive public benefits access and tenant advocacy), college access and youth development, and community economic revitalization.


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About the organization

Urban Upbound

Bishop Mitchell Taylor
Executive Director
Miriam Jones
College Access Associate
718.784.0877 ext: 354
Salena Mullen
Director of College Access Program
718.784.0877 ext: 354
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