Urban Neighborhood Services Multi-Service Center

Community solutions supported by our “Urban Neighborhood Services” Multi-Service Center include:

  • Year- round seminars and workshops on personal finance and entrepreneurship
  • Assistance to local veterans and their families with obtaining services and benefits from the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs
  • The promotion of the health and well-being of the community by distributing health literature, offering free condoms, conducting health workshops and other programming and assisting residents with signing up for health insurance
  • Offering a safe space for LGBTQ youth and adults to receive emotional support counseling, and referrals as needed
  • An annual 8-week summer program for Coney Island youth which focuses on leadership development and community service.
  • Free SAT- prep classes, free college trips, and college information forums to high-school students
  • Opportunities for local residents to meet with multi-specialty attorneys at no cost
  • Information on available employment opportunities and available housing
  • Opportunities for formerly incarcerated residents to meet with locally-trained volunteers who will help them review their rap sheets and remove barriers to employment, in partnership with South Brooklyn Legal Services
  • The spreading of anti-violence messages in the community

Our “Urban Neighborhood Services” Multi-Service Center is located on Mermaid Avenue in the geographic middle of Coney Island.

Community Services

Community Serives provided include: Financial Paths Project, Veterans Outreach Project, CAHI Project (Community Access to Health Information), Summer Youth Leadership Project, Coney Island College Bound Project, “Ask-A-Lawyer” Series, Job and Housing Search Assistance and Criminal Record Repair & Rap Sheet Review.

Housing Preservation Initiative (HPI) Program

Our Housing Preservation Initiative Program is funded by NYC Council thanks primarily to the recommendation of Councilman Mark Treyger and administered by NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

Neighborhoods across the city are threatened by a loss of affordable housing, a threat that is made even more severe by the current economic crisis. The Housing Preservation Initiative (HPI) is a proven, successful program that currently funds neighborhood-based groups in approximately twenty five City Council districts to address key threats to affordable housing. HPI has a bottom-up strategy that allows each funded community to develop and implement an effective approach to stop the loss of affordable housing. Since its inception, HPI has been extremely successful in protecting affordable housing and promoting neighborhood stabilization in needy districts. The key to the success of HPI is its flexibility to support neighborhood groups in the development of strategic, grassroots-based solutions that directly address the particular threat to affordable housing in each community.

Domestic Violence and Empowerment (DoVE) Initiative

The Domestic Violence and Empowerment (DoVE) Initiative promotes awareness and increases current education to reduce domestic violence.  Through our intensive outreach efforts the goal is to promote awareness, provide direct linkage to viable resources of support to treat current victims and their families and to reduce incidents of domestic violence in the community.

Mental Health Therapeutic Services

Mental health therapeutic services provide counselling and therapy to community members who have been impacted by or have a heightened exposure to the risk of gun violence. Providing therapy to those impacted by gun-violence helps promotes social and emotional healing and teaches coping mechanisms to avoid the use of gun violence.

In order to reduce gun violence in communities with a high risk of exposure, this program also provides informal supportive counselling, public awareness and advocacy events, skill-building groups, assessment and referral to address concrete needs, and positive and safe recreational.

Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative

The Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative seeks to reduce incidents of violence in Coney Island by strengthening community relationships, developing community-based structures for preventing and addressing conflict, and working with local organizations and groups to expand supportive services oriented toward reducing violence.

For more information about this program please call 347-374-2455 or email admin@uns-inc.org