As of 3/16/2020 and until further notice, A SERVICE UPDATE FROM UTA: Due to the recent health outbreak, UTA has suspended all in-person services in the interest of everyone’s health and safety. Please do not walk into our office to be seen without an appointment.

UTA will continue to assist tenants in need of help by phone. Please leave a message on our housing hotline by dialing (518)436-8997 and pressing 3. Our staff will return your call as soon as possible and schedule appointments as needed. We thank you for your patience.

Tenants, please take note: Evictions have been suspended until October 1st, 2020. Some court cases are moving forward, but no evictions can take place before 10/1/2020.

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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.

 

Mission

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.

 

Background

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: Malcolm McPherson
Vice President: Ann Sconiers
Treasurer: Cara Long Corra
Secretary: David Craft
Members: Aleese Berne

Staff of United Tenants of Albany, Inc

Executive Director: Laura Felts
Community Organizer: Adrian’ Hill
Homeless Prevention Program Director: Courtney Burke
Homeless Prevention Program Assistant: Tatiana Melendez
Court Advocate: Julia Long
Housing Counselor/Case Manager: Shatiqua Pannell-Hyndman
Hotline Support: Lovett Branch
Reception Support: Lenora Evans

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Need Assistance?

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 hotline@unitedtenantsalbany.org.

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