Description & History

At Urban Upbound, we also believe that in order to achieve economic security, participants need to develop and improve their employability and financial habits. In order to achieve these goals, Urban Upbound offers Workforce Development services to improve employment skills and establish career plans that make job security possible. Through our Workforce Development program, Urban Upbound supports jobs seekers to; obtain skills that will help secure and retain long-term employment, access jobs with career growing opportunities, and utilize all other Urban Upbound services. We also work directly with employers to first understand their needs, and then subsequently meet them by matching them with high quality candidates.

We also provide financial counseling services so individuals can improve credit, increase their net worth and change their overall behaviors and attitudes to reflect keen financial habits that will lead to economic security. Studies have shown that having greater savings increases the chances of intergenerational upward mobility for those at the bottom of the income ladder. Intra-generational mobility is also made more plausible through greater savings.

Urban Upbound aims to facilitate inter-generational wealth and foster community revitalization through organizing all the social networks in our communities to provide optimal service delivery. To do this, Urban Upbound brings together resident leaders, community-based organizations, clergy, local businesses and elected officials in our communities. Urban Upbound is the only organization in Queens specifically focused on strengthening public housing neighborhoods. We do not see other local stakeholders as competitors; we view them as partners and treat them as such. Urban Upbound has established a Community Advisory Board comprised of tenant association presidents, which meet monthly, to ensure that our services are meeting the needs of public housing residents. In addition, as the leader of the Queens Community Partnership Network, Urban Upbound serves as the anchor for community partners in Western Queens.

The final component of our Theory of Change is the Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union, the first new credit union in Queens in over thirty years, which now serves as an anchor in our under-banked and under-resourced community. The Credit Union offers its members affordable banking services, credit building tools, and promotes income – generating activities, all of which increase community wealth.

About the organization

Urban Upbound

David Miller
Ahmad Elmaradny
Director of Tax & Income Supports
718-784-0877 ext: 9511
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