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: Hilary Lamishaw
Vice-President: Malcolm McPherson
Secretary: Jeff Mayo
Members: Dannielle Hille, Kim Hansen, David Craft, Klarisse Torriente
Staff of United Tenants of Albany, Inc
Staff: Laura Felts, Tatiana Melendez
Due to staff changes, we are unable to accommodate walk-in clients. All requests for assistance will be handled through the Housing Hotline. Tenants seeking assistance should call our Housing Hotline at (518) 436-8997 extension 3. A housing counselor will return calls in the order they are received. Due to higher call volumes, there may be a delay in returning your call. Requests and questions can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Tenants’ Board of Directors has developed a Transition Plan which includes the immediate hiring of a replacement Executive Director. Please bear with us through this transitional time. We are working to get ensure we can continue providing services for decades to come.
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