Launched in 1999, Urban American Management provides affordable rentals in renovated spaces throughout the State of New York. Urban American Management works within the communities it serves by upgrading its buildings, living areas, and communal spaces and partnering with organizations to provide special programs and services to address the needs of residents.
In partnership with Brookfield Property Partners, Urban American has launched a project that creates more sustainable and green updates within its properties as a way to help the environment, lower energy costs, and deliver greater comfort for tenants in its buildings in Harlem.
The initiative, which costs $16 million to achieve and includes upgrades throughout five of the Harlem Putnam Portfolio residences, is set to include new appliances, new balconies, new lighting in common areas, new cogeneration systems, replaced windows, and new heat and energy generators. The generators will allow tenants access to electricity even when the city experiences blackouts. Energy savings of $4 million and a 2017 end-of-the-year completion date are expected.
Enhancing communities in the New York metropolitan area, Urban American Management offers affordable housing and creates quality neighborhoods. In 2012, Urban American Management created the Veterans Housing Initiative (VHI) to help veterans returning from deployments easily integrate back into civilian life by providing affordable housing options. The program gives veterans significant discounts, including free rent for the first month and waiving security deposits for veterans going back to school.
According to veteransinc.com, the U.S. had approximately 22.5 million veterans in 2014. Of that number, more than 529,000 veterans find themselves homeless at some point in a year. After Vietnam, more veterans ended up homeless than the number that died in the war. Veterans are at greater risk of becoming homeless than other Americans because of the possibility of mental or physical issues after their deployments, particularly because they often come back to find a lack of resources and weak support systems for veterans.