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The Urban Resource Institute (URI) provides comprehensive, holistic, and supportive human services programs that empower individuals and families in the New York metropolitan area to change their lives for the better. The organization’s hands-on programs for victims of domestic violence, homeless families and the developmentally disabled are specifically tailored to meet the needs of the individual, and its advocacy and community outreach initiatives, advance social change, build wider visibility, and support for the issues that impact clients’ quality of life and New York’s urban communities. Founded in 1980, URI is focused on building and maintaining the appropriate infrastructure for significant growth.
One of the largest domestic violence service providers in New York City, URI operates a 24-hour emergency hotline and six shelters (five emergency shelters and one transitional shelter) with separate apartment-style accommodations for individuals and families. Clients receive a full spectrum of individualized assessment, counseling, and referral services. In 2013, URI launched URIPALS (People and Animals Living Safely), New York City’s first and only initiative that allows domestic violence survivors to enter shelters with their pets. Statistics show that as many as 48% of domestic violence victims stay in abusive situations because they fear their pets might be abused if left behind. In 2016, URI opened its doors to the homeless and opened two shelters providing services to both families and individuals. Additionally, URI operates a competitive employment program for individuals with developmental disabilities as well as 24-hour supervised group homes. All clients receive comprehensive services in their communities through meaningful activities, day programs, and training and skills-enrichment programs.
In 2016, the Urban Resource Institute implemented a three-year strategic plan, including the diversification of revenue and creating a culture of philanthropy throughout all aspects of the organization. Historically, the organization has been almost fully dependent on government funding. The strategic plan is the principle tool to guide URI as it navigates these and other changes, while supporting an accelerated growth and expansion plan. URI will honor the traditional services that made the organization successful and create the framework for an agile, responsive, and innovative organization that will continue to meet and exceed the community’s needs and expectations.
The Urban Resource Institute has an operating budget of approximately $31M with the likelihood of growing to $51M and a staff of 300 growing to 500. They operate twelve program sites throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens and have one central administrative office located in lower Manhattan. To learn more about URI, please visit