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  • Campaign for Working Families, United Way, City of Philadelphia and Urban Affairs Coalition Provide Free Tax Assistance to Community | Urban Affairs Coalition
    that would have been left on the table providing a much needed boost to their household incomes In the City of Philadelphia The Campaign for Working Families offers free tax preparation e filing direct deposit U S Savings Bonds pre paid debit cards FAFSA completion credit reports and screening for public benefits T he Campaign operates 11 community based tax sites in Philadelphia that will open January 25 2013 This tax season we re excited to again work with The Campaign for Working Families and the City of Philadelphia to offer two new services for free tax filing says Sharmain Matlock Turner President and CEO Urban Affairs Coalition Taxpayers can now drop their tax information at the Philly 311 Center located at City Hall and pick up their returns on the next scheduled day They can also file their own taxes for free at one of the 80 KEYSPOTS throughout the city where computers and high speed internet access is available using MyFreeTaxes com phillykeyspots The Urban Affairs Coalition has provided financial management services to the Campaign since 2003 Free tax preparation services are available to families earning 51 000 or less and to individuals earning 20 000 or less The locations and hours of service of the Campaign s free tax sites are available on the website www CWFPhilly org or by calling 3 1 1 Taxes are prepared by IRS certified volunteers To find a KEYSPOT location visit phillykeyspots org or file your taxes from your computer at MyFreeTaxes com philly UWGPSNJ and partners also offer free tax preparation services for qualifying individuals throughout the region Taxpayers can visit UnitedForImpact org VITA for locations in their community They can also file their taxes for free online thanks to the generous support of the Wal Mart Foundation at MyFreeTaxes com phillysjunited In the past three years I paid for my taxes to be done at a commercial tax preparer in Center City Last year I paid 300 for a simple return I could have spent that 300 for transportation groceries and childcare says one of Campaign s 2013 tax filers Janean Williams Last year it took the preparer about 30 minutes to process our taxes I did not realize it was so much to have someone else prepare my taxes Now I know better Philadelphia Tax Sites Urban Affairs Coalition 1207 Chestnut St 4th floor Philly 311 City Hall Room 167 PA CareerLink Northwest 235 W Chelten Ave People for People 702 North Broad St Northeast Tax Site 7315 Castor Ave Impact Services 1952 E Allegheny Ave Diversified Community Services 1529 S 22nd St United Communities 2029 S 8th St Ebenezer Temple Pentecostal Church 5649 Christian St Mt Pisgah AME Church 429 N 41st St Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships 3509 Spring Garden St About The Campaign for Working Families The Campaign for Working Families a program partner of the Urban Affairs Coalition boosts the number of people who receive FREE tax filing assistance and do not have to

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/campaign-working-families-united-way-city-philadelphia-and-urban-affairs-coalition-provide-free (2016-02-11)
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  • UAC ANNOUNCES HONOREES FOR 43RD ANNIVERSARY BREAKFAST | Urban Affairs Coalition
    finding solutions to address the complexities of today s community problems requires multiple stakeholders and diverse sectors working together toward a common goal This year s event theme Public Private Partnerships Advancing Community Development will highlight the contributions of four Philadelphians who have made a tremendous difference to organizations and communities in the Philadelphia region Bill Hankowsky Chairman President and CEO of Liberty Property Trust will receive the Edward G Rendell Doer Award which honors individuals who have made the communities of Philadelphia a better place to live work and play Barbara Adams General Counsel of the Philadelphia Housing Authority will receive the Dwight Evans Living Legacy Award which recognizes a leader committed to fostering UAC s mission and values The Urban Affairs Coalition s Community Economic Development Committee represented by Bill Smith Senior Vice President Community Investments Citizens Bank Rick Sauer Executive Director Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations and Don Kelly Director Community and Economic Development Urban Affairs Coalition will receive the Ernest E Jones Community Leadership Award which goes to a community organization and its leaders for contributing to the quality of life in Philadelphia About the 43rd Anniversary Breakfast Friday November 16th 7 45 9 30 a m Crystal Tea Room Wanamaker Building 100 Penn Square East Philadelphia PA Sponsorship opportunities are available Single tickets are 100 For tickets and information visit www uac org annual fundraising breakfast or contact Addie Koch at 717 309 5010 or akoch uac org About the Urban Affairs Coalition The Urban Affairs Coalition unites government business neighborhoods and individual initiative to improve the quality of life in the region build wealth in urban communities and solve emerging issues Visit us at www uac org Attachment Size FINAL 2012 Breakfast press release Honorees pdf 400 92 KB Tags News Publications Subscribe

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/uac-announces-honorees-43rd-anniversary-breakfast (2016-02-11)
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  • Entrepreneur Works’ Executive Director Leslie Benoliel to Participate in 2nd Annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Conference | Urban Affairs Coalition
    models that shape our economy and society Each CGI America participant will join one of 12 topic specific Working Groups and will make a Commitment to Action a new specific and measurable plan that addresses a challenge facing the United States To date attendees of the first annual CGI America conference have made over 100 commitments Ms Benoliel will participate in the Small Business Working Group which will seek to identify the conditions necessary for small and microbusinesses to survive and prosper Members will discuss how to rebuild confidence and encourage lending to small businesses while also exploring alternative forms of financing such as the microloan products and other business development services Entrepreneur Works offers to its nearly 300 clients each year I am thrilled to be invited to CGI America to represent Entrepreneur Works and microbusiness owners throughout the Philadelphia region said Ms Benoliel At this time of economic recovery it is imperative that the experiences of our small business owners be shared on a national scale The ongoing dialogue and forging of partnerships that are central components of the CGI America conference will be crucial in our efforts to further support the Philadelphia area s small and microbusiness community A bout Entrepreneur Works Entrepreneur Works is a non profit 501 c 3 microbusiness development organization focused on growing businesses and jobs in our local communities Our mission is to cultivate and promote successful entrepreneurs in underserved areas of the Greater Philadelphia region entrepreneurs who then become economic engines in their own neighborhoods By connecting hundreds of entrepreneurs each year with access to capital one on one technical assistance business training and networking opportunities Entrepreneur Works helps promising individuals to develop economic self sufficiency and create job opportunities through business ownership Entrepreneur Works has been a champion for microbusinesses

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/entrepreneur-works%E2%80%99-executive-director-leslie-benoliel-participate-2nd-annual-clinton-global-in (2016-02-11)
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  • UAC Hosts Workshop on Lending Circles | Urban Affairs Coalition
    It will be led by Luis Mora President of Finanta who will discuss among other things their unique credit building tool based on a popular village banking practice with a particular focus on solutions for credit building and loan generating programs for businesses and first time home buyers There will also be an opportunity for networking opportunity for financial educators and organizations that promote financial stability FINANTA has a unique credit building tool based on a popular village banking practice Our Lending Circles are a ROSCA or Rotating Savings and Credit Association made up of people who need financial services and are willing to work together to make that happen FINANTA s Lending Circle serves as the gateway to several benefits access to a lump sum of money a way to improve your credit score peer group support business workshops and individual technical assistance and access to FINANTA loans Together with other business owners you decide the terms of the Lending Circle while learning how to make real improvements in your business FINANTA is a non profit 501 c 3 lending corporation that promotes the growth and economic expansion of diverse Philadelphia communities through the infusion of capital and provision of business consultation services and homeownership counseling For more information go to www finanta org The Urban Affairs Coalition UAC unites government business community and individual initiatives to improve the quality of life in the region build wealth in urban communities and solve emerging issues UAC provides back office and fiscal and shared services to more than 75 program partners The Coalition s Community and Economic Development CED department brings capital to communities by building bridges between low and moderate income areas and mainstream financial institutions Tags Community Economic Development Economic Development Subscribe to our Newsletter About Us History UAC

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/uac-hosts-workshop-lending-circles (2016-02-11)
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  • TEENSHOP TO HOST "SHOES FOR LIFE" THOUSANDS OF SHOES TO BE DONATED TO NEEDY FAMILIES | Urban Affairs Coalition
    Streets which donated the location Three thousand gently worn and new shoes primarily collected by the young members of Teenshop will be given by the girls dressed in their yellow sweatshirts to hundreds of men women and children referred by local charities A special component of the day will be a Celebrity Prom Shoe Salon that will include shoes donated by local television personalities We are proud to host Shoes for Life for a second year said Elleanor Jean Hendley Founder of Teenshop We are totally focused on helping families in need while providing our girls with the opportunity to learn about leadership and community service Event co chairs are Patty Jackson WDAS radio host Sharmain Matlock Turner president and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition and Marian Tasco Philadelphia City Councilwoman Staff from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine are partnering with Teenshop to provide families with free foot exams and health consultations In addition Browns ShopRite will provide bags water pretzels WDAS Radio will broadcast from the event About Teenshop A program partner of the Urban Affairs Coalition Teenshop is one of the nation s longest running weekend volunteer programs dedicated exclusively to the positive development of adolescent girls While enrolled in Teenshop no girl drops out of school or becomes a teen parent Four chapters are located in Philadelphia and one in Los Angeles California each directed by a 5 member volunteer team of outstanding working women All graduates attend college or pursue other education goals More than three thousand girls have been enrolled www teenshop org FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Elleanor Jean Hendley Founder 215 851 1843 office 215 205 4746 cell Tags News Publications Subscribe to our Newsletter About Us History UAC Impacts President s Corner President s Bio Interviews Speeches Board of Directors Management

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/teenshop-host-shoes-life-thousands-shoes-be-donated-needy-families (2016-02-11)
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  • Working to Make Communities Stronger | Urban Affairs Coalition
    opportunities affecting their communities Many are African American men who not only serve as leaders but also serve as mentors to younger generations Recently 25 men from across the country were recognized for their good work They were selected as finalists for the national Black Male Engagement BME Leadership Award BME pronounced be me is an initiative sponsored by the Knight Foundation which seeks to bring well deserved attention to black men who are making their communities stronger Among the UAC honorees are Duerward Woody Beale of YO ACAP Brandon Brown of Nu Sigma Youth Services Darryl Coates of Philadelphia Anti Drug Anti Violence Network and Nu Sigma Youth Services and Bilal Qayyum of the Father s Day Rally Committee Tags News Publications Youth Development Subscribe to our Newsletter About Us History UAC Impacts President s Corner President s Bio Interviews Speeches Board of Directors Management Staff Financials FAQ Office Location Directions Friends of the Coalition Our Priorities Strengthening Nonprofits Building Wealth Economic Development Projects Services Current Past Clients Community Economic Development CED Committee Philadelphia HomeBuyNow Foreclosure Prevention Home Improvement Loans Financial Education Network FAN Clubs Financial Education Workshops Youth Development Youth Employment Strategic Partnerships UAC KEYSPOT Services Comprehensive Services

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/Working%20to%20Make%20Communities%20Stronger (2016-02-11)
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  • Entrepreneur Works Receives Grant from Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network’s “Create Jobs for USA” Initiative | Urban Affairs Coalition
    have 5 to spare by creating and retaining jobs in their communities explained Mark Pinsky President and CEO of OFN Entrepreneur Works received this grant because it has demonstrated that it will provide financing that is good for community businesses and good for communities We re pleased that Starbucks recognizes the important work that CDFIs are doing and honored that the Create Jobs for USA Fund has made a grant to us said Leslie Benoliel Executive Director at Entrepreneur Works Create Jobs for USA is unprecedented for the CDFI industry It is shining a national spotlight on our work and will help Entrepreneur Works to create and sustain jobs in the Greater Philadelphia region CDFIs provide financing to community businesses in underserved markets where would be community business owners may not qualify for credit from traditional lending institutions Community businesses include small businesses microenterprises nonprofit organizations commercial real estate developers and affordable housing developers All of these community businesses help to create and sustain local jobs Community business owners who would like to apply for a loan from Entrepreneur Works can get more information at www myentrepreneurworks org Or to find other CDFIs visit http opportunityfinance net findacdfi Entrepreneur Works provides microloans small business development services and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Greater Philadelphia region For more information about Entrepreneur Works please contact Leslie Benoliel Executive Director at 215 545 3100 About Entrepreneur Works Entrepreneur Works is a non profit 501 c 3 microenterprise development organization focused on growing businesses and jobs in our local communities Our mission is to cultivate and promote successful entrepreneurs in underserved areas of the Greater Philadelphia region entrepreneurs who then become economic engines in their own neighborhoods By connecting hundreds of entrepreneurs each year with access to capital one

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/entrepreneur-works-receives-grant-starbucks-and-opportunity-finance-network%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Ccreate-jobs-usa%E2%80%9D (2016-02-11)
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  • Mid-Atlantic Health Care Joins Home∙Buy∙Now | Urban Affairs Coalition
    participating employer in the Philadelphia Home Buy Now program Philadelphia Home Buy Now is administered by the Urban Affairs Coalition which also assists with the program s design and ongoing management in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Philadelphia Home Buy Now offers matching grants to employees when their employer offers grants or forgivable loans toward the purchase price of a new home within the city limits The City matches this funding up to 4 000 per home buyer Over the history of the program more than 240 companies have participated According to Mayor Michael Nutter Philadelphia Home Buy Now is an excellent tool for employers to recruit top talent and for the city to create more stable flourishing neighborhoods Philadelphia Home Buy Now is part of a larger strategy to stabilize neighborhoods in the face of the current economic crisis It builds on the City s nationally recognized Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program which has saved more than 3 500 homes as well as the Neighborhood Stabilization Program NSP a federal stimulus program that strengthens neighborhoods by providing housing opportunities in targeted communities that were highly affected by high rates of foreclosure Mid Atlantic Health Care joins a growing list of participating employers in the Philadelphia Home Buy Now program that includes the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Drexel University Energy Coordinating Agency Gypsy Lane Technologies Horizon House Martin Banks NewCourtland University of Pennsylvania and Urban Industry Initiative Philadelphia Home Buy Now is funded out of bond proceeds and does not impact the City s general fund For more information about Philadelphia Home Buy Now contact Christopher Waters Program Manager 1207 Chestnut Street Philadelphia PA 19107 Email cwaters uac org Phone 215 851 1955 or go to http www uac org philadelphiahomebuynow Tags Community Economic Development News Publications Economic Development

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/mid-atlantic-health-care-joins-home%E2%88%99buy%E2%88%99now (2016-02-11)
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