All Programs and Classes


Credit Counseling Boot Camp

We have shifted to online classes until further notice. Our Credit Counseling Boot Camp 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 […]

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

Due to the on-going COVID-19 situation, we have shifted to online classes until further notice.  Urban Edge’s first-time homebuyer education provides participants 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 […]


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: City of Boston: HomeWorks HELP […]

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Center

Our VITA program 2024 has now ended. Thank you for a great year!  About VITA The VITA Center provides tax assistance and online 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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

Financial Counseling

Residents living in Urban Edge housing and clients visiting the VITA Center may ask 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 […]

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 2020, […]

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 of Urban Edge-owned properties. First, we assess the needs of residents […]

Strong Start Program

The Strong Start Program was launched in 2013 to provide an opportunity for parents to help develop children’s literacy skills, expose preschool children to a school setting, build parenting skills and knowledge about child development, and build social cohesion amongst families. This free 12-week program offers: Parenting strategies to support […]

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 […]

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 […]