All Programs and Classes


Classes

Credit Counseling Boot Camp

This program is a 3 hour intensive, instructor lead class on credit basics that covers the essentials of credit ranging from the definition of credit, to building good credit and obtaining and reading a credit report.  Upon completion of the class graduates attend a second follow up where they meet […]

First-Time Homebuyer Education and Pre- and Post-Purchase Counseling

Urban Edge Training provides first-time homebuyers with a thorough understanding of the home purchasing process, including an introduction to the mortgage process, understanding credit standards, conventional lending criteria and preparing for the loan closing. The interactive workshops involve detailed presentations from industry professionals including a home inspector, real estate broker, […]

Programs

Credit Counseling One-on-One

In depth information on budgeting and credit. You will have the opportunity to meet one on one with a counselor to create a customized strategy. This is not a first-time homebuyer class.

Credit Counseling Boot Camp

This program is a 3 hour intensive, instructor lead class on credit basics that covers the essentials of credit ranging from the definition of credit, to building good credit and obtaining and reading a credit report.  Upon completion of the class graduates attend a second follow up where they meet […]

Home Improvement & Repairs

Urban Edge understands that being a homeowner is more than just buying the home. Maintenance and upkeep costs can be hard on a homeowner, especially with unexpected home repairs. Urban Edge offers referrals to HUD-approved participating lenders and agents (listed in alphabetical order): Participating Agent/Lender: Admirals Bank: Community Advantage FHA […]

Micro Loan Fund

Do you have a plan to grow your business in Egleston Square, but need additional money to do so? Urban Edge is offering small, low interest loans to Egleston Square and Jackson Square businesses to help fund: equipment purchases, inventory purchases, working capital, storefront improvements, etc. Download the application here: Urban […]

Family Supports

Urban Edge has a long history of supporting families by helping them gain access to resources that they might otherwise find beyond reach. The Urban Edge staff works closely with the residents living in its properties, so is keenly aware of residents’ needs. Each year, our staff collects donations from […]

Summer Youth Jobs

Urban Edge runs a summer Youth Leadership Academy in partnership with Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) through which young people who live in Urban Edge properties are placed in meaningful jobs, either in the neighborhood or throughout the City of Boston. Urban Edge has placed young people in jobs […]

Student Loan Borrower Repayment Counseling

Hard-pressed families struggling to pay their mortgage and juggle other bills may miss a student loan payment and damage their credit. Mortgage lenders reviewing applications for refinancing or loan modifications would push back until student loan arrearages were cleared up. Parents who co-signed their children’s student loans, or who were […]

Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

Providing individualized, one-on-one counseling, Urban Edge staff members analyze the household’s budget and reviews options to prevent foreclosure. Some of those options include forbearance, loan modifications, short sales and buy-backs by Boston Community Capital. Since 2006, Urban Edge has counseled more than 1,300 at-risk homeowners to prevent foreclosure. In 2014, […]

Financial Coaching

Residents living in Urban Edge housing and clients visiting the VITA Center mayask at any time to receive individualized, one-on-one financial counseling in order to reduce their debt, improve their credit score, or just learn how to create and maintain a household budget. Residents also learn the importance of saving, […]

Benefit Enrollment

Urban Edge screens residents and if eligible, helps them secure public benefits, including WIC, SNAP (food stamps), fuel/heating assistance, SSI and SSDI, MassHealth, and LifeLine. At the time of rent recertification, every resident living in Urban Edge housing is screened, using AccessBenefits Online. Residents are also screened and connected to […]

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Center

Starting January 19th-April 14th, Tuesdays & Thursdays 5PM-8PM, Saturdays 9AM-Noon The VITA Center provides tax assistance and on-line filing of Federal and State returns for individuals and families. Volunteers who have completed IRS training provide individualized, one-on-one service on a walk-in basis. Clients are assisted with filing for all credits for […]

Strong Start Program

This pilot program was launched in 2013 to provide an opportunity for parents to help develop children’s literacy skills, expose preschool children to the a school setting, build parenting skills and knowledge about child development, and build social cohesion amongst families. In partnership with Jump Start and Families First, Urban […]

Housing Leadership

Urban Edge helps resident associations design and implement programs that improve the quality of life at their housing developments. Resident associations work on a daily basis with Urban Edge to oversee plans and projects, and meet monthly with WinnResidential – the property management company involved with Urban Edge developments – […]

Keeping Your Housing

Urban Edge initiatives help to keep residents in their homes. Our Community Engagement staff works closely with residents as well as WinnResidential – the property management company involved with Urban Edge developments – to maximize stable tenancy for residents in Urban Edge-owned properties. First, we assess the needs of residents […]

First-Time Homebuyer Education and Pre- and Post-Purchase Counseling

Urban Edge Training provides first-time homebuyers with a thorough understanding of the home purchasing process, including an introduction to the mortgage process, understanding credit standards, conventional lending criteria and preparing for the loan closing. The interactive workshops involve detailed presentations from industry professionals including a home inspector, real estate broker, […]

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