Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Organization

What is the Urban Affairs Coalition?
What is fiscal sponsorship?
How are you funded?
What is your annual budget?
How many employees work at the Coalition?
How do I get more information about the services you and your partners offer?

Employment

I heard you offer summer jobs for high school aged youth. How do I apply?
How do I get a job at the Coalition?
Do you offer internships?

Helpful Services

Where can I go to get help preparing my taxes?
Where can I go if I believe my home is at risk of foreclosure?
What can I go to find a low-cost mortgage or home equity loan?
Do you provide assistance for people who have been incarcerated?

 

Organization

 

What is the Urban Affairs Coalition?

The Urban Affairs Coalition is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that 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. The Urban Affairs Coalition works to improve life’s chances for youth and young adults; provides opportunities for low-income families and assists minority-owned businesses by creating economic opportunities. We advocate for actionable policies and deliver programs that fill critical service gaps in the region. We strengthen nonprofits by providing fiscal sponsorship and professional services that free them to focus on their missions and help them build organizational capacity. The Urban Affairs Coalition is A Home for Nonprofits.

 

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What is fiscal sponsorship?

Fiscal Sponsorship is a cost effective alternative business model for nonprofits to run their business. The fiscal sponsor provides the legal and tax-exempt status to groups engaged in activities related to the fiscal sponsor’s mission. The sponsored organization is able to take advantage of the cost savings and efficiencies associated with sharing a common administrative platform. Although, there are several different types of fiscal sponsorship, UAC primarily practices a comprehensive model. As a comprehensive fiscal sponsor we provide a full suite of “back-office” support to our program partners, including financial and HR management. UAC is a proud member of the Steering Committee of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors. Learn more about Our Services.

 

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How are you funded?

UAC is funded through government grants and contracts, corporate contributions, non-governmental grants and contracts (including foundations) and individual donations.

 

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What is your annual budget?

The Coalition’s fiscal year 2011 budget is $29 million. More than 91% of our revenue supports programs and services.

 

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How many employees work at the Coalition?

The total number of UAC full-time employees fluctuates due to changes in programs. There are currently 400 full- and part-time employees.

 

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How do I get more information about the services you and your partners offer?

Our network of 75 partner organizations and programs offers services throughout the region, reaching more than 150,000 children, youth, and adults. We work in the areas of positive youth development, adult education and job training, health-related services, economic education, housing support, advocacy, and economic inclusion. Click here to browse or search the complete list of program partners below to learn more.

 

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Employment

 

I heard you offer summer jobs for high-school aged youth. How do I apply?

The Coalition offers youth ages 14-18 an array of summer job opportunities that provide career exposure, on the job mentoring, “soft skills” training, and a practical understanding of the working world for six weeks during the months of July and August. This includes: Work Experience; Summer Career Exploration Program/ Internships; Service Learning- Nu Sigma’s Summer; and Enrichment and Employment Project.

Please note that the Coalition’s recruitment, enrollment, interview and selection process will begin on or after May 2012 next year. Additional information, application materials and guidelines will not be available until this time.

To apply for a UAC summer job on or after May 1, 2012, please call the Coalition’s Summer WorkReady Hotline at 215-851-1800. Eligibility varies with program and income guidelines. Any parent or youth with further questions may contact the WorkReady Philadelphia Hotline at 267-502-3742 or via email to youth@workreadyphila.org.

The Coalition is seeking to expand our network of youth employers. If you or someone you know may be interested in serving as a UAC Summer WorkReady2010 worksite to support youth career exploration and workforce development, please call our hotline at 215-851-1800. For further information in summer internships visit http://www.workreadyphila.com

 

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How do I get a job at the Coalition?

Open positions for the Coalition and its Programs and Partners are listed on the Job Opportunities page. Each position includes contact information and instructions for applying for the position.

 

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Do you offer internships?

The Coalition welcomes high school and college interns as well as loaned executives. For more information contact Sandra Higginbotham, Manager of Human Resources at shigginbotham@uac.org or 215-851-1717.

 

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Helpful Services

 

Where can I go to get help preparing my taxes?

The Campaign for Working Families files both federal and PA State income taxes for working families. They strive to insure that working people take full advantage of public benefits available to them including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable tax credit for low-wage earners. To find a free tax site near you, click here or call the City of Philadelphia's Help Line by dialing 3-1-1 (English and Spanish). Only Philadelphia families earning less than $50,000 per year and individuals earning less than $25,000 per year are eligible. To contact The Campaign for Working Families call 215-851-1886 or go to http://www.phillyfreetaxes.org

 

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Where can I go if I believe my home is at risk of foreclosure?

If you are at risk of losing your home or have received a foreclosure notice, call the City of Philadelphia's Save Your Home Philly Hotline at 215-334-HOME (4663). It is important that you see a housing counselor immediately so that they may assist you throughout the process. When you call the hotline, you will speak to trained lawyers and paralegals who can assist you with your case, connect you with a housing counselor, or, in certain instances, refer you to legal services available to eligible low-income homeowners. If you would like to learn more about foreclosure and how to prevent home loss, download the Slippery Slope of Foreclosure. Not in foreclosure but you’d like to learn about how to help someone you know who is losing their home? Download UAC’s newest brochure Here and Now, Be Yourself Again to learn about the emotional trauma homeowners experience and how to manage that stress.

If you’re a counselor in the 5-County Philadelphia Region with a foreclosure client and need assistance finding foreclosure prevention programs, download UAC’s Foreclosure Prevention Resource Guide. This publication contains up-to-date information about foreclosure prevention programs at a local, state, and national level for homeowners. To request a hard copy of the Guide, please email foreclosureguide@uac.org.

 

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What can I go to find a low-cost mortgage or home equity loan?

UAC is a partner in the PHIL-Plus and Mini-PHIL Loan campaign. These are anti-predatory loans, by a coordinating bank, for Philadelphia homeowners with less-than-perfect credit. The PHIL-Plus and Mini-PHIL Loan can be used for home repairs and paying off debts including past due utility bills. UAC's Community & Economic Department (CED), partners with three banks and 30 nonprofit housing counseling agencies to provide the loans. To go through the program, applicants undergo a free one-time counseling session and are then referred to the bank of their choice. For more information go to the website www.ForMyPhillyHome.org

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Do you provide assistance for people who have been incarcerated?

UAC Program Partner, the Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders provides job training and placement for ex-offenders in Philadelphia. For more information, go to http://www.phila.gov/reentry  

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