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Empowering Communities. Changing Lives.     

  • I Am Empowered

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  • Small Business Development University

    Are you an aspiring entrepreneur in the startup or growth phase of your business cycle but just not sure on how to develop a balanced business plan for long term sustainability, certified but unable to scale to capacity, raise limited Capital, find a reliable business network or determine a strategy that will create a demand for your product and/or services? If you answered "Yes" to any one of these questions you are a prime candidate for the Houston Area Urban League's Small Business Development University program.

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  • 10 Point Journey to Peace Plan “The phenomenon we have seen in America since the announcement of the non-indictments of officers in the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner is new to a generation, but not to the nation. Young people have always helped to fuel historic social change.

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  • First Time Home Buyer Workshop The First Time Homebuyers Class is designed to assist low to moderate-income families with the home buying process. Completion of this class entitles qualified families with down payment and closing cost assistance. Classes are in English and Spanish.

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  • HDHHS Press Conference - Health Care Iniative Secretary of Health, Sylvia Burwell Congressional Reps. Al Green and Sheila Jackson Lee and Stephen Williams, Director, City of Houston, HDHHS at press conference 2/8/2015, SW MultiServic Center Final Push Enrollment Event.

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  • Health Insurance Marketplace

    Houston Area Urban League Marketplace Assistance Call Center 281-220-6012 or 832-393-5423.  Enroll now in a plan that covers essential benefits, preexisting conditions, and more.  Call us today and we will help guide you through the process to health coverage that meets your needs and budget.

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  • Houston Area Urban League Contributes to Record Health Care Insurance Sign-Ups Last week, we celebrated the 5th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. The law is making a huge impact in the lives of Americans. 

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  • Houston Area Urban League Fair Housing

    The Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) and the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program have partnered to advocate and provide direct assistance to victims of fair housing and fair lending laws. HAUL will conduct group outreach and education as well as individual housing counseling. The HVLP will handle fair housing rights issues. This program serves the City of Houston and Fort Bend County. Call 281-220-6012 to make a Fair Housing claim or get more information on our Fair Housing Program.

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  • Loretta Lynch Confirmation In this week’s address, the President called on Republicans in Congress to stop playing politics with law enforcement and national security and confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the United States. 

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  • NCCER Training NCCER Construction Training Construction /Basic Apprentice Trades 
    Provides training for all types of construction trades helpers – electrician, carpenters, plumber, pipe fitters, dry wall, sheet rock, iron and metal work.

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  • Press Conference with Secretary of Health, Sylvia Burwell

    Press Conference with Secretary of Health, Sylvia Burwell and Enroll Gulf Coast Health Insurance Marketplace partners at the Denver Harbor Multiservice Center.  She was here to support and amplify our efforts as we kicked off the 2nd round of Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Nov 15, 2014 - Feb 15, 2015 and congratulate our success for the last enrollment period 2013-2014.

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  • Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs and Justice Representatives from the Houston Area Urban League attend the 12th Annual National Urban League on the Hill Policy Conference and State of Black America Release.  The national theme, "Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs and Justice," expresses the sense of urgency and efficiency for this year’s program. 

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  • State Farm Presents Houston Area Urban League with Good Neighbor Grant 2015

    State Farm Presents Eric Goodie & Elmer Rogers with the Good Neighbor Citizen Grant for 2015.

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  • SURVIVING THE YARD!!!

    The Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals (HAULYP) presents its 14th installment of Young Professionals University (YPU) on Saturday, April 25, 2015. This spring Young Professionals will teach high school students tips and strategies to help them Survive the Yard. According to the U.S. Census and American College Testing Program, one-third of freshmen in 2008 dropped out because they were over confident, under-prepared and lacked realistic expectations about college.

     

    YPU will feature informative and interactive sessions for high school students  surrounding the essentials of preparing for freshman year in college, leadership, college life, budget-friendly healthy eating habits and other "need to know" information that will aid in a successful college journey.

     

    "The importance of the transition from high school to college is at an all-time high. While students are graduating high school at record rates, they are not always college ready," explains Ray Shackelford, the HAULYP President. "Young Professionals University gives us an opportunity to help at least a portion of those students survive the yard."

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  • United Way

    The Houston Area Urban League is a United Way Agency.

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  • Walgreens Way to Wellness Tour
    ACA Health Insurance Information/Enrollment
    Housing Services
    Workforce Development/Training Services  (i.e. Construction Classes)
    Education and Youth Development Services
    HDHHS Family Planning
    Tests are valued at over $100 and administered by Certified Wellness Staff

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  • Workforce Development and Training

    Employment Orientation held every Wednesday at 9:00 A.M. at 5320 Griggs Rd, Houston TX 77021

    Identify Your Ideal Career • Gain Skills in Job Readiness • Effective Job Interviewing • Strong Communication and Social Interaction • Learn New and Appropriate Coping Skills • Learn to Motivate Self and Others • Benefit from Supportive Services and Job Placement Opportunities 

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Putting safety first when host a game-day party

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With March Madness ahead, be sure to protect yourself if you host a game-day party at your home. While homeowners who host parties only intend for their guests to eat, drink, and have fun, sometimes incidents happen … and that can be costly to the homeowner. 

What if a guest slips and falls? What if a guest gets food poisoning and needs medical attention? Or has too much to drink, then drives, and causes a crash? Or a fight breaks out causing injury? These are unpleasant to think about when planning a party but homeowners should always be prepared. 

Before hosting a party, talk to your insurance agent about your homeowners insurance policy. Your agent will help you determine whether you have adequate liability coverage. Most homeowners insurance policies provide coverage for bodily injury, property damage, and legal defense if a homeowner gets sued in civil court as a result of an occurrence that is covered by the policy.  Also, your insurance agent can help you determine if you need an umbrella policy (also called a personal liability umbrella policy) because it offers an additional level of protection beyond the limits of a typical homeowner’s insurance policy. 

Tips for homeowners planning to host a party:

  • Pay attention to hazards on the property that could take your guests by surprise, such as steep steps or a hole in the ground.
  • Warn guests about any hazard on the property that they should avoid.
  • Ensure there is adequate outdoor lighting during times when guests will be arriving and leaving.
  • Take special care of items on the property that may attract children, such as a swimming pool or trampoline, and reinforce to guests that their children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

Have designated drivers identified and ready to drive home every partygoer who has been drinking … or use a local taxi service.

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4 positive ways FHA cuts will impact mortgages

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The recent announcement that mortgage insurance premiums for Federal Housing Administrationmortgages will decrease from 1.35% to 0.85% is welcome news for the mortgage industry, according to a new postfrom the Urban Institute.

“Existing homeowners who refinance into an FHA mortgage will see similar reductions to their mortgage payments as well,” said a statement from the White House at the time of the announcement. “In total, this action will help millions of families save billions of dollars in mortgage payments in the coming years, helping to support the housing market recovery.”

The FHA’s premium cut impacts the mortgage market in four ways in 2015:

1. Saving for borrowers

The Administration expects these lower premiums to save more than 2 million FHA borrowers an average of $900 annually. By other estimates, more than 3 million current FHA borrowers stand to benefit from reduced premiums upon refinancing. 

2. Increases in low-income and first-time FHA borrowers

Low-income and first time borrowers, who seek homeownership but could not afford higher premiums under old FHA pricing, may now find the math more favorable.

3. Borrowers with high credit scores

Lower premiums will also make FHA loans more attractive for certain high-FICO borrowers who previously would have found GSE loans more cost effective. 

4. Increase in competition between FHA and PMIs

Perhaps most significantly for the mortgage market, this premium reduction alters the current industry dynamic by making FHA pricing more competitive relative to PMI. 

The original article can be seen at http://www.housingwire.com/articles/32678-urban-institute-4-positive-ways-fha-cuts-will-impact-mortgages

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Check it Out: Houston Small Business Exchange

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Re-Cap: Houston Small Business Exchange

#CommunityPitch #EconomicDevelopment #JobCreation


 

On behalf of our President & CEO, Mr. Judson Robinson, we would like to take another opportunity to say thank you to those that participated in the 2014 Houston Small Business Exchange and to everyone that continually supports our economic development endeavors at The Entrepreneurship Center, in helping to grow minority owned businesses in the Greater Houston Community.


We look forward to networking and growing your business with you in 2015!


Our Proud Community Sponsors/Collaborators

2014 Houston Small Business Exchange
The National Urban LeaguePort of HoustonWells Fargo;United Way of Greater HoustonUPSthe breakfast klubHouston Area Urban League;Houston Area Urban League Young ProfessionalsHouston Area Urban League GuildTwice Media Productions, LLCThe Office of Business OpportunityAccion Texas Inc.Houston Minority Supplier Development CouncilUniversity of Houston-Small Business Development CenterGreater Houston Black ChamberLamik Beauty.


 
Houston Small Business Panelist: Eric Goodie, Glenn Smith, Judson Robinson, Cary Yates, Kim Roxie, Seble Woubshet, Phillip J. Yates, John Whaley, Josh Bowie
 
 
Eric Goodie, HAUL Director

 
Twice Media Productions
 
Banden Morris, HAUL Business Consultant and J.K. Waldie & Associates
 
Vernita Harris, Chairman of GHBC
 
HAUL President & CEO Judson W. Robinson III
 
HAUL Recognizes Board Chair, Cary P. Yates, Senior VP of Wells Fargo Bank
 
Robert Allen, 2014 Houston Small Business Exchange
"Community Pitch Winner" 
 
Michelle Levi, 2014 Houston Small Business Exchange
"Community Pitch Winner" 
 
 
See You at the 2015 Houston Small Business Exchange




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The National Urban League 8 Point Plan: Educate, Employ and Empower

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In 2011, the National Urban League launched the 12-Point Jobs Plan to Put America Back to Work. In 2012, we are issuing a public call for immediate national action around the education and job-training steps necessary to achieve these goals. As a result of our long history of job training and education programs, the National Urban League understands the importance of equipping workers with a sound education. With the introduction of our 2012 Employment and Education Plan, we seek to raise this most urgent conversation to the top of our national news headlines. The time to act is now!

Any serious discussion about the creation of jobs and economic opportunity must account for the basic shortcomings of our current national approach to education, from early education to adulthood, and beyond. These two concepts are closely rooted in their ultimate purpose, if not one and the same. Education, at its core, is economic readiness. Job training, by its very definition, is education in its most practical sense. The two cannot and must not be viewed separately. A broken national system of education will continue to yield a broken economy, built upon broken communities and broken lives.

This list of practical and actionable ideas is a recommended approach to solving America’s crisis in education - one designed to spark serious discussion, while also serving as a policy playbook ready for action today. We view the following collection of ideas as the first step towards positive change, and a long-term education solution for America.

Although our traditional role has often been seen by many as a ‘bridge’ between the services available and the daily needs of the underserved of our cities, we fully accept the growing challenge asked of a historic Civil Rights Organization such as ours, to take the lead in forcing our country to confront those basic sources of economic hardship that we can and must change within our lifetime.

The National Urban League 8-Point Plan includes:

  1. Fair and equitable school funding for all
  2. Robust early childhood education for each child
  3. Strengthen high schools and re-engage students to prevent dropouts
  4. Robust STEM focused curriculum and programs
  5. Qualified, effective and diverse teachers
  6. Strategic workforce development: targeting Americans most in need
  7. New job training models coupled with job placement
  8. Improving and integrating current data systems

To Read More Click Here 8-Point Plan


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United Way Project Ready Guided Reading for HISD Families Pleasantville Elementary

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As we continue our quest to help the families in Houston ISD understand differentiated instruction, to support their children and HISD with students becoming strategic, independent readers, HAUL engaged 229 parents, guardians, grandparents and children last night at Pleasantville Elementary with engaging, appropriate text for successful and rapid growth to help their children become independent reader.

110 Adults

119 Children

See photos of the workshop that included the students performing, parent workshop, parent/student engaging around the strategies the parents received in the workshop, just right Scholastic books for families to take home and continue practicing, Frnchy's Chicken dinner for all and door prizes.

Two schools in November, which means we have space for more schools. United Way is funding the four schools for two sessions each. We need to provide this service for all the elementary schools in Houston ISD. When our families understand what we are doing with their children in the classroom, they can support that effort at home. When the home is doing the same thing our teachers are doing in the classroom, our KIDS are CORNERED and learning is inevitable. If you would like to support this work, come see first hand how it works.

 Next workshop November 20, 2014 at HISD Kashmere Gardens Elementary School at 5pm. We are missing 13 days in November we could be working with other schools and there families.