In 1968, an historic partnership between business and community leaders took place, resulting in the formation of The Philadelphia Urban Coalition in 1969. Nicknamed "The Urb," its purpose was "to eliminate poverty, discrimination, and civic unrest, and to secure human and civil rights."
Through the 1980s, alliances grew with the founding of The Urban Affairs Partnership, an organization created to improve the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia Region.
In 1991, The Urban Affairs Partnership and the Philadelphia Urban Coalition merged to create the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition (GPUAC).
In 2010, the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition changed its name to the Urban Affairs Coalition.