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HomeBuyNow Program in National Spotlight
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Local Artist and Philadelphia HomeBuyNow Program in National Spotlight
Tune into FYI on Saturday, February 13th at 9:30pm
On Saturday, February 13 at 9:30pm a local artist and Philadelphia's HomeBuyNow Program will be featured on the FYI Network's Tiny House Hunting series. Printmaker Caitlin Perkins, now Director of Continuing Education at University of the Arts, is a HomeBuyNow Program grant recipient. She purchased her new home in South Philadelphia in 2015 while serving as Manager of Adult Programs for Fleisher Art Memorial, an employer in the HomeBuyNow Program.

HomeBuyNow provides incentives for organizations to award employees with grants or forgivable loans toward the purchase price of a home within the city.  The program is administered by the Community and Economic Development (CED) Department of the Urban Affairs Coalition and funded by the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce.
HomeBuyNow grant recipient Caitlin Perkins and her new home in South Philadelphia.
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Since 2004, the HomeBuyNow program has awarded 408 matching grants to employees of 53 participating employers to purchase homes in the City of Philadelphia. The $1.3 million awarded has leveraged $82 million in home sales by employees of participating organizations. Almost a third of grant recipients report that they would not have been able to purchase a home without HomeBuyNow, and over half of the new homeowners are minority residents. Resulting new property tax revenue for Philadelphia from the HomeBuyNow Program is projected to be greater than $892,000 annually, highlighting how effective this program has become for the city’s annual investment.

To read more about the HomeBuyNow Program and Caitlin's experience,
click here.
President Obama Proposes New 'First Job' Funding For Youth Across America
UAC and Philadelphia's Summer Youth Employment Cabinet Join Call with White House
We need to do everything we can to make sure America’s young people get the opportunity to earn the skills and a work ethic that come with a job. It’s important for their future, and for America’s.    - President Barack Obama
On February 4, the White House's Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs held a conference call for state and local leaders, community-based organizations and other youth-serving agencies to discuss summer opportunities and youth jobs. When school doors close for the summer, many young people and their families lose access to critical supports that keep them safe, healthy and engaged in learning and meaningful work experiences. This summer “opportunity gap” contributes to gaps in achievement and college and career success, particularly for low-income students.
UAC President Sharmain Matlock-Turner stated, "We were thrilled to join a call with the White House announcing a national focus on summer opportunities and youth jobs. It is exciting that the White House has embraced summer employment as a critical strategy for youth." UAC has been an advocate for full summer youth employment for years.

Pictured left, Sharmain Matlock-Turner speaks at UAC's 2015 Summer WorkReady Closing Ceremony.
In the midst of a state budget impasse and other challenges, Philadelphia through the hard work of the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) rose to the occasion and fulfilled former Mayor Nutter's goal of 10,000 jobs for youth in 2015. Philadelphia's new mayor, Mayor Jim Kenney, has committed to 16,000 Summer jobs by the end of his first term. UAC believes that the Summer Youth Employment Cabinet, a cross-sector coalition of leaders and community members, can support the Mayor and achieve this goal. The Summer Youth Employment Cabinet is committed to full employment for Philadelphia's low income teens.

Immediately following Thursday's call, the White House released a funding proposal to connect young americans with jobs and skills training the start their careers. Click here to read the full proposal
Pictured above are highlights from UAC's 2015 WorkReady Closing Ceremony. Left: Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. Hite, UAC President Sharmain Matlock-Turner, YOACAP Program Manager Ebony Joyner, PA State Sentator Vincent Hughes and WorkReady students. Right: UAC Summer Employment Director Kate Rivera and UAC President Sharmain Matlock-Turner pose with WorkReady students who won first place for their project portfolios. 
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City Renames 2400 Block of Lehigh Avenue to Rev. Henry T. Wells Walk
On Wednesday, February 3, the City of Philadelphia renamed the 2400 block of Lehigh Avenue to "Rev. Henry T. Wells Walk" in honor of the late founder of One Day At A Time (ODAAT), an anti-violence and recovery program dedicated to serving low income and homeless men, women and families afflicted by addiction and HIV/AIDS.

ODAAT has been a Program Partner of the Urban Affairs Coalition for over 25 years. The late Reverend Henry T. Wells founded ODAAT in 1983 when he invited a recovering homeless couple to move into his home. Since joining the Coalition family, ODAAT has increased its scope and impact to include transitional housing facilities, comprehensive case management services and services to address the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the addicted community.

ODAAT President Mel Wells, son of the late Rev. Wells stated, "UAC's fiscal sponsorship has allowed ODAAT to stay true to its grassroots heritage with the administrative stability of a large professional organization."

Pictured: The late Rev. Henry T. Wells and son Mel Wells.
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UAC President Moderates Discussion on Cultural Identify and Hair in the Workplace 

On February 11, Peirce College hosted a panel as part of its Black History Month celebration -- Your Hair, Your Images & Your Career Climb. Moderated by UAC President & Peirce College Board Trustee Sharmain Matlock-Turner, the discussion focused on balancing personal identity with professionally appropriate hair styles. Peirce President and UAC Board Member James Mergiotti (pictured below) and Uva Coles, Vice President of Institutional Advancement & Strategic Partnerships, hosted the event.
Free Tax Preparation Services Offered by Campaign for Working Families

UAC Program Partner Campaign for Working Families is here to help you file your taxes! All returns are prepared by IRS-certifies trained preparers. Customers are seen on a first-come, first-served bases. E-filing is also available. Click here to find a tax site and learn more about the campaign's tax services.
Events & Opportunities
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February 9 - 13Entrepreneur Works - Start It. Grow It. Workshops
February 17: Entrepreneur Works -- Small Business Financing Panel
February 21: ODAAT Monthly Prayer Group
April 9: Parkside Association of Philadelphia -- Walk Against Hunger
Celebrate Black History Month
February 14 & 28: Free Library of Philadelphia -- Black History Month Special Performances for Families
February 21: African American Iconic Images Collection Trolley Tour 
Philadelphia's Premier Networking Event is Now on a Tuesday! 

Join the Urban Affairs Coalition on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 to celebrate our 47th Anniversary from 7:45am - 9:30am at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 
Named Philadelphia's Premier Networking Event, UAC's Anniversary Breakfast is one of the largest networking events in Philadelphia where more than 800 movers and shakers, all leaders in business, government, nonprofits and education, come together to celebrate the Coalition's impact in the region.
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