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ABOUT US

Urban Strategies, Inc.

Urban Strategies, Inc. is a Brooklyn based, non-profit, social service agency that has serviced New York City’s underserved and hard to reach populations since 1979. The agency is committed to addressing the critical issues of  unemployment, homelessness, childcare, hunger,  teen pregnancy and literacy which plague our communities. Our all-inclusive community centric approach encourages independent living, economic growth, and social empowerment. We service children, youth and adults within the Brooklyn communities of East New York, Ocean Hill-Brownsville, Central Brooklyn, and Bedford Stuyvesant.

In the past, Urban Strategies’ programming has extended throughout the five (5) boroughs of New York City. Currently, we own and operate; over five hundred (500) units of low and moderate-income housing, ten (10) storefronts, and three (3) Department of Homeless Services shelters enhanced with case management and support services. Additionally, the agency  operates, three (3) Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) funded EarlyLearn Programs, which include Head Start, Child Care and Universal Pre-K, two (2) Department of Education (DOE) funded Universal Pre-K Programs, two (2) Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) funded After-School Programs, two (2) Human Resource Administration (HRA) funded After-School Programs, a GED program and a food pantry.

Our Mission

Through our endeavors we continuously strive to promote, empower, enhance, motivate and contribute to the general well being of the youth and families in the community at large in which we serve. It is the dream of those who have built Urban Strategies that, ten scores and seventy years from now, the agency will continue to strengthen the community and the lives of those who enter its doors.

Address: 294 Sumpter Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233 | Email: info@urbanstrategiesny.org | Phone: 718-919-3600 | Fax: 718-919-2140

OUR HISTORY

1970 - Present



1970

Urban Strategies, Inc. founded by community residents under the leadership of former New State Assemblyman Thomas Boyland.

1980

Established its first youth job training and employment program.

1984

Developed a youth program for teen truancy funded by the Community Development Agency (CDA).

1987

Acquired two day care programs.

1989

Worked with the Administration of Children Services (ACS) to operate a Foster Care shelter.

Opened the Urban Strategies Maternity Residence.

1991

Acquired 43 low-income housing units under NYC’s Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Special Initiatives Program.

1992

Acquired 81 low-income housing units under NYC’s Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) LISC Program.

1994

Established the Fannie Barnes Residence as a family shelter.

Acquired 45 low-income housing units under NYC’s Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) / LISC Program.

1996

Founded the Urban Strategies/ Brookdale Family Care Center.

 Acquired 27 low-income housing units under NYC’s Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) NOW Program.

2002

Youth Build was established as an addition to the agency’s youth initiative.

2004

Urban Strategies, Inc. received a proclamation from Borough President Marty Markowitz for, “extraordinary efforts toward improving the quality of life of individuals in need”.

Awarded a DYCD/OCFS discretionary contract for Teenage Youth and Pregnancy Prevention.

Celebrated the agency’s 25 anniversary.

2010

Urban Strategies, Inc. received the Local Initiatives Support Award (LISC) Big Apple Innovation Award for Housing Development.

2015

Awarded a DYCD funded SONYC After-School Program at Urban Strategies Final Form Fitness and 255 Atkins Avenue.

1979

Mona Green joined the agency as Executive Director.

Awarded its first social services program which assisted senior citizens.

1982

Urban Strategies Head Start was developed.

1986

Opened its doors to two shelters funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).

Established the Dean Street Shelter for large families.

1988

Acquired a Teenage Pregnancy Service Act Program (TASA) which was funded by New York State.

Awarded a Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) funded twenty (20) bed teenage runaway shelter.

1990

Established a partnership with the Department of Education to operate a year round On the Job Training Program.

Urban Strategies, Inc. acquired its first low-income housing program comprised of sixty (60) units.

Awarded a DYCD contract to operate a Youth Transitional shelter

1993

Acquired 178 low-income housing units under NYC’s Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Special Initiatives Program.

1995

Awarded a contract to operate the Community Consultant Program funded by HPD.

1998

Acquired 57 low-income housing units under NYC’s Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) /LISC program

Acquired 36 Low income housing units under the federal FDIC Program

2003

Awarded a contract to operate a Scatter Site II program for persons with HIV/AIDS funded by HRA.

2005

Awarded a Safe Horizons grant for the DOVE Program.

2008

Renovated and sold 15 two (2) and three (3) family low-income houses through HPD’s NHP Program.

2014

Opened the Final Form Fitness Studio on Pitkin Avenue.

Awarded a DYCD funded SONYC After-School Program at P.S./I.S 137.