Who We Are
United Tenants of Albany (UTA) is a community based nonprofit organization that works to improve housing conditions, both in terms of physical conditions and in terms of tenants’ rights for security and equity. UTA responds to calls throughout the Capital District and concentrates its activities in low and moderate income neighborhoods in Albany.
The mission of UTA is to protect tenants’ rights for safe, decent and affordable housing, with special emphases on those who have the greatest need or who experience the most severe problems and to promote the development and preservation of more affordable housing.
Over the past 4 decades UTA has worked to improve code enforcement, campaign for rent regulations, advocating for responsible investment policies and support the development and preservation of affordable housing. We have linked up with public housing tenants, mobile home park tenants, concerned home owners and responsible landlords on issues of housing justice.
UTA carries on this tradition with a combination of direct services and community organization. The direct service activities range from crisis intervention to counseling and advocacy. The community organization work includes bringing small groups of people together and joint efforts with other organizations on broader housing issues.
United Tenants funding sources vary from year to year but generally include The NYS Homes and Community Renewal, the Albany County Department of Social Services, the Emergency Solutions Grant through the City of Albany, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Catholic Charities of the Albany Diocese, corporate donors, and numerous individual donors (many through the State Employee Federate Appeal and Community Works).
Board of Directors
President: Ann Sconiers
Vice President: Debra Collura
Secretary: David Craft
Members: Areatha Fryar, Malcolm McPherson, Ryan Mccall, Daniel Lennon, Anthony Judd
Laura is the Executive Director of United Tenants of Albany.
Laura started at UTA as a student intern and has filled many roles at the organization over the years.
Laura received bachelor’s degrees in Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Students and Social Work from University at Albany.
Outside of work, Laura enjoys visiting her family in Tennessee, the outdoors, long-distance running, baking, reading, and listening to music.
Tatiana is the Assistant Program Director at UTA.
Tatiana also holds titles as Senior Housing Counselor and the Department of Social Services (DSS) Advocate. Her position directly assists clients and also provides support to the other Housing Counselors at UTA. Tatiana has worked at the organization since 2018. She has over 6 years experience working in the human services field.
Tatiana enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and spending time at home. She is a mother to two children and 3 dogs.
Lovett is the Tenant Advocate at UTA. You can often find Lovett on our housing hotline phone. On the hotline, Lovett offers information, helps tenants resolve their housing problems, and connects them with legal counsel if additional help is necessary. Lovett has been working at UTA since June 2020.
Lovett graduated from HVCC with a degree in Human Services. She has worked in the human service field for several years and has experience helping with homelessness and substance abuse.
In her free time, Lovett enjoys singing, traveling, and enjoying life!
Shatiqua is a Housing Counselor at UTA. Her position at United Tenants of Albany allows her to assist individuals and families with emergency rental assistance in the county of Albany. Her work experience and lived experience allows her to provide nurture and care for the population of clients she serves.
Shatiqua relocated to the Capital Region in 2004. She graduated from SUNY SCCC with an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and Applied Science. Shatiqua has worked with at-risk youth, individuals with traumatic brain injuries and disabilities, individuals and families with HIV/AIDS and has sat on the board of directors and committees in Albany County. Shatiqua enjoys listening to music of all genres and spending time with her family when she is not working.
“United Tenants is the umbrella that people search for when there is a storm; whether it is rental assistance, court advocacy or just to know their rights as a tenant. I want to be an umbrella to protect tenants and their rights.”
Kristen is the Communications Coordinator for UTA. She joined the team in August 2020.
As a Communications Coordinator, Kristen uses media to promote the work of United Tenants and share tenant’s experiences.
Kristen graduated from UAlbany with a master’s degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and received her bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Screen Studies from SUNY Oswego. Kristen has several years experience in the human services field and also works as a Direct Support Professional supporting adults with developmental disabilities.
Outside of work, Kristen is a long distance runner, horror movie fanatic, and mother to two cats.
Caitlin is the Tenant Outreach Advocate at UTA.
As the Outreach Advocate, Caitlin directly assists tenants by assessing their needs, providing information on community resources, and makes internal referrals to UTA’s housing counselors if needed.
Caitlin is studying Social Work at the UAlbany and will receive her BSW in Spring 2021.
Outside of work, Caitlin enjoys gardening, cooking, advocating for human and animal liberation, reading, and learning languages!
Adrian is a Community Organizer for UTA.
He has been with UTA since October 2019. As a Community Organizer, he works to build power and relationships among tenants in Albany and advocate for the community need for safe and affordable housing. He and the tenant leaders interface with elected officials and advocacy groups to gather support for housing justice and tenants rights issues.
Adrian is a board member of three local organizations: Capital District Leadership Coalition, Committee on Minority Healthcare Disparities, and Community Routes. He has been a service provider in the Capital District for over 23 years and has spent his entire career working to help empower marginalized groups. Adrian enjoys photography, cooking seafood, and is a self proclaimed fashionista!
Lukee is a Community Organizer for UTA.
He focuses on community engagement and bringing people together. Lukee joined the team in September 2020. Lukee has over 4 years experience with community organizing. He is involved with many outreach programs around the Capital Region and fights tirelessly to make this world a safer place. He also works in film, business, and website creation.
Lukee is originally from Brooklyn. For fun, he enjoys hiking and being in nature.
James is the Mobile Housing Counselor and Court Advocate.
James works directly with clients out in the community and also assists them at court. He began working for UTA in September 2020. James has over 10 years experience in the human services field. He’s worked as a mental health care coordinator and has provided support to both children and adults. James graduated from University at Albany with a Bachelor’s degree in European History.
Outside of work, James loves to learn about history, visit museums, and watch documentary films. He’s also interested in sports and watches NFL football.
Julia is the Court Advocate at UTA and focuses on supporting tenants through the court process in Albany. Julia began her work as a Court Advocate in December of 2019.
Julia holds an Executive Juris Doctor, an MBA in Negotiation and Conflict Management, a Master of Science in Law, and a BA in Sociology.
Julia is a mother, grandmother, and advocate. Raider Nation for Life!
Librada is the Executive Assistant. Librada began working for UTA in September 2020. As an Executive Assistant, she directly assists the Executive Director.
Librada holds a bachelor’s degree in Human and Community Services with a concentration in Multicultural Student Education. She worked for University at Albany for 35 years as the Administrative Assistant for the Latino Studies department. Librada loved mentoring and supporting the students who would come into the department.
Outside of work, Librada is a talented painter. She is also a seamstress and often makes her own outfits. She has a daughter, a grandson, and a chihuahua dog.
All requests for assistance are handled through the Housing Hotline. Tenants seeking assistance can reach our Housing Hotline at (518) 436-8997 extension 3. A housing counselor will return calls in the order they are received. We appreciate your patience while we respond to high call volumes. Requests and questions can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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