2017-09-27 / Features

Urban Upbound’s Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


(From r.); Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor, Eric Gioia, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, NYC Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Tenants Association President April Simpson Taylor, Edward Babor, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney and Karen Dennis. 
Photo Adam Thung (From r.); Bishop Mitchell G. Taylor, Eric Gioia, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, NYC Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Tenants Association President April Simpson Taylor, Edward Babor, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney and Karen Dennis. Photo Adam Thung On Tuesday, September 19, Bishop Mitchell Taylor, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, NYC Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Tenants Association President April Simpson, Peoples United Bank Assistant Vice President Amy Flores, and Urban Upbound joined to announce the launch of the new employment and financial empowerment office space in the Queensbridge Houses. Urban Upbound will continue its work aimed at increasing the financial stability of public housing residents who find themselves in crisis.

With the assistance of Urban Upbound, residents will be able to access financial counseling and education services, ranging from short-term financial crisis counseling and financial education workshops, to longer-term one-on-one financial counseling focused on asset building and debt reduction. Financial counselors address strategies to repair credit, access work supports such as food stamps, health benefits, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Earned Income Disregard (EID). Urban Upbound also works to connect un-banked and under-banked residents to the Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union for banking services to help them avoid high-priced check cashing companies and predatory lenders. The credit union offers affordable savings accounts, credit builder loans, and free NYCHA rent payment processing.

Urban Upbound also announced the launch of two new initiatives: The Building Wealth Club, which will provide residents with tools and resources necessary to excel in entrepreneurial business development and home ownership; and a Digital Intelligence program that will teach individuals coding and information technology, helping them to secure jobs in the technology sector.

“Congratulations to Bishop Mitchell Taylor and Urban Upbound on this great development for the people of Queensbridge,” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan.

“I have had the honor of knowing Bishop Taylor for over 30 years. His hard work in pursuing dreams for our community keeps coming to a successful resolution. His vision has my complete support.”

“I am thrilled to join Bishop Taylor for the opening of the new Urban Upbound location,” said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12). By providing Employment Services, Financial Counseling, Income Support Services, Community Revitalization, and Financial Inclusion services, Urban Upbound continues its 13-year record of helping low-income Queens residents learn the skills they need to achieve upward mobility.”

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