Friday, August 27, 2021
March 2020 to current continues to be riddled with challenges that have been amplified due to the pandemic. The community has been in need and UCC along with many other organizations and individuals have risen to the challenge.
UCC's Housing Development
“To live in Newark — I can’t ask for anything better than that at this time in my life.”

Felicia Smith is just one of the Newark residents benefitting from the fund’s first investment. The project includes redevelopment of 10 city-owned parcels on South 8th and Blum streets.

The project includes construction of nine, two-family residences and the rehabilitation of one, two-family residence. Four houses will be set aside for residents that have incomes below 80% of the area’s median income. The project will be completed in three phases, including three houses (two market rate and one designated as affordable housing) at 38, 42 and 44 Blum St. The cost of the project is estimated to be about $3 million, officials said.
UCC Vacant Lots:
  • 38 Blum Street

  • 42 Blum Street 

  • 44 Blum Street

  • 491 South 10th Street

  • 493 South 10th Street

  • 497 South 10th Street

  • 503 South 10th Street

  • 505-507 South 10th Street

  • 511 South 10th Street

  • 513-515 South 10th Street

Some are being sold at market rate but others are offered at affordable prices.

**All lots are located in Newark, NJ 07103
Upcoming Events
Housing Assistance Seminar
Saturday, August 28, 2021 12pm - 2pm

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Monday, August 30, 2021 9am - 1pm

Energy Assistance Pop Up
Monday, August 2 - Friday, September 3

Community Carnival
Friday, September 3, 2021 2pm - 9pm
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If you or someone you know are in need of food, baby items, clothing, shelter, energy assistance, pending eviction or mortgage assistance, at risk of lead exposure at home, are a victim of a crime, and/or need youth development activities or young adult vocational training we have a department here to help!
BBQ for a Cause
The Recap
United Community Corporation served over 750 people on Aug. 14’s BBQ for a Cause. The all-day event featured free BBQ, prizes, games, raffles, music and over 20 partners in attendance. It was sponsored by Commercial District Services and Amerigroup. North Star Academy, Uncommon Schools and Rite Aid partnered with UCC at the event to provide COVID-19 vaccinations.
The event's goal was to celebrate and unite the community while spreading awareness of UCC’s key role in the war on poverty.
Karen Dinkins and All Things Newark

Karen Dinkins and All Things Newark featured United Community Corporation for its work as managing partner of Newark Hope Village during its homelessness segment on July 24. Executive Director Craig Mainor appeared in the segment alongside Dinkins and Newark Homeless Czar, Sakinah Hoyte, for a round table discussion about the plight of the homeless, potential solutions, and how Newark Hope Village came to be. In addition to her news segment, Dinkins raised and made a sizable donation to United Community Corporation. UCC honored her generosity as a philanthropist and her dedication as a reporter at the BBQ for a Cause with a framed certificate of appreciation. : Lift Yourself Off The Street
Karim Bukhadurov from interviewed United Community Corporation as part of their ' Talks With...' podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world.

Listen to the whole interview to find out how you can help people in Newark help themselves to lift themselves out of poverty and dependency. You can also help donate to the United Community Corporation’s cause to end poverty in Newark, NJ. The fight against poverty is not so easily won, but it needs all the help it can get.
Community and Family Empowerment Program
UCC’s Community and Family Empowerment Program aims to effectively engage families about the services available to their children, connect families to a network of community programs, agencies, and services that support and empower parents in advocating for their children, and aid families in maneuvering Juvenile Justice System reform efforts. 

The goal of UCC’s Community and Family Empowerment Program is to address the needs of the youth and families involved in the Juvenile Justice System in Essex County by providing an increased level of family engagement and community support while decreasing the recidivism rate in Essex County Juvenile Justice System.  
For More information
UCC YouthBuild is currently offering the CCNA Certification to YouthBuild participants along with assistance in the search of a job placement site.
Additional programs offered include:

  • High School Equivalency Credential
  • Job Skills Development
  • Life Skills Training
  • Case Management
  • Construction Training
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Dental Technician
  • Dental Assistant
With fluctuating community COVID Cases YouthBuild remains a hybrid schedule. Participants are provided breakfast and lunch.
Youth, Family and Senior Services
It has been a busy summer for UCC’s Youth, Family & Senior Services Department. After concluding its West Side Park summer program in August, UCC teamed up with Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka to host the Newark Summer Youth Enrichment Program. UCC served over 80 total students at five elementary schools in Newark daily. The summer camp offered a wide array of STEAM, Dance, Culture and Physical Fitness classes. The month-long camp will be capped off with a Community Carnival at George Washington Carver on Friday, Sept. 3 from 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.

UCC will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Georgia King Village for its brand-new senior program on Monday, Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. The exclusive GKV program will run in the GKV community room from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and will feature daily meals, grocery deliveries, field trips, health fairs, fitness workouts, sewing, card games and much more!


A selective group from UCC’s West Side Park summer camp program were able to participate in Hands in 4 Youth’s summer camp in West Milford. The campers were surprised and thrilled when they received a new camper that turned out to be Senator Cory Booker! The campers took the time to teach Senator Booker the art of a perfect cartwheel and how to zipline. Thank you Senator Booker for giving UCC’s campers a wonderful memory!
For more information on youth programming email:
Housing Assistance
Under New Jersey's eviction moratorium, landlords can still jump-start the eviction process and be ready to kick out non-paying tenants the day the moratorium ends. As a tenant or home owner you can begin preparing for this process.

For more information on The Rapid Rehousing, Homelessness Prevention and Mortgage Assistance services, visit the link below.
For more details email

  • Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. Lead from paint chips and dust can pose serious health hazards.
  • Sellers must disclose known information on lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards before selling a house.
  • Real estate sales contracts must include a specific warning statement about lead-based paint. Buyers have up to 10 days to check for lead.
Are you at risk of lead-based paint hazards in your home?

Call 973-642-0181 to schedule your FREE at-home Inspection/Risk Assessment
Energy Assistance
UCC’s Energy Assistance Department helps clients receive monetary assistance for electric bills via Universal Service Fund Program (USF), Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), The Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric Program (PAGE) and the Solar Landscape Program.

If you or someone you know is struggling with energy bills please reach out to our dedicated LIHEAP / USF / PAGE team by calling 973-642-0181
Energy Assistance Locations
Ann Street
106 Ann St
Newark, NJ 07105

NAN Newark Tech World
400 Hawthorne Ave
Newark, NJ 07112
Champion House
933 S 17th St
Newark, NJ 07108

332 S 8th Street
Newark, NJ 07103

Fulton Street Emergency Shelter
31 Fulton Street
Newark, NJ 07102

West Side Park
600 S 17th Street
Newark, NJ 07103
Food and Clothing Pantry
Champion House
UCC continues to partner with over 40 local non profits to expand the distribution of fresh produce and personal care items through out the community.

Food Packages are available for pick up for those in need of food assistance.

For Food Packages, email:
Grantee is a proud partner with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey
***Free 14 Day Food Delivery***
Package is available to households quarantining due to contracting COVID-19
Emergency Services
Victims Assistance Program

The Victims Assistance Program offers holistic support from licensed staff and referrals to partners for individuals who have experienced victimization including one or more of these areas Domestic and/Family Abuse, Elder Abuse or Neglect, Robbery / Sexual Assault, or Bullying (Physical, Cyber, Verbal).
VAP Brochures
Fulton Street Emergency Shelter

UCC’s Fulton Street Emergency Shelter has operated since 1964 serving men and women 18 and older. The emergency shelter currently operates 24/7 to house guests due to the impacts of COVID and with expanded bedding during Code Blue. Guests are introduced to all the resources available at UCC with one-on-one case management and services provided through partnerships such as medical aid and rehabilitation programs.
Newark Hope Village

UCC manages one of the first homeless container villages in NJ and one of few in the country. The Village consists of 20 code-compliant modular residences converted from shipping containers with dorm-style rooms and two structures with private shower rooms and a multipurpose area. Rooms are fitted with a heater / air conditioner, a bunk bed with extra storage and a dresser. Rooms were decorated by members of the Essex County community. Newark Hope Village is one of the first homeless container villages in NJ and one of few in the country designed for safe and respectable living. The project primarily houses homeless individuals from the Penn Station corridor.
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