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Urban League Empowerment Summit, part of For Sisters Only Expo, September 17-18

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — As U.S. lawmakers debate President Obama’s plan to put desperate Americans back to work, the state of the economy reinforces the National Urban League’s longstanding position that citizens must empower themselves with the knowledge and tools necessary to thrive in any economy. The National Urban League will return to Atlanta with a stellar team of experts providing comprehensive job and home rescue resources as part of the 20th annual “For Sisters Only Expo,” September 17-18 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Presented by The National Urban League and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, the Urban League Empowerment Summit is a FREE one-stop home rescue and career fair to help those hardest hit by economic crisis in Atlanta. The summit will take place in Hall C of the Georgia World Congress Center from 11am – 7pm Saturday, September 17, AND 11am – 6pm Sunday, September 18.

“Countless Americans, especially those in the African American community, were hit hard by the economic crisis and need help now,” said Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. “The National Urban League focused on this national crisis early on. We have provided empowerment assistance to over 2.6 million Americans and will continue to provide much-needed resources and counseling services to those in the greatest need,” Morial added.

In recent weeks, President Obama, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and other activists have joined the National Urban League in refocusing the nation’s attention on reducing high unemployment that has reached a depression-era rate of 16.7 percent in Black America.

“We all agree that Washington must do more to create jobs; but we believe citizens have to empower themselves with the information and employment connections needed to bring jobs and hope back to their communities,” said Nancy Flake Johnson, president and CEO, Urban League of Greater Atlanta. “Over 73,500 Atlanta-area residents are facing the threat of foreclosure and 2.8 million are dealing with unemployment. We want to arm those families with the powerful information we’ve assembled.”

The Urban League Empowerment Summit is a FREE, comprehensive, one-stop housing and employment event that will provide concerned homeowners direct access to one-on-one sessions with certified Housing Counselors and lending institutions to negotiate resolutions, plus free legal advice, and workshops on sustaining and maintaining homeownership. Job seekers will also have access to immediate job opportunities, career coaching and resume critiques by human resource experts, as well as information on local job training programs.

The organizers are asking all jobs seekers to bring an updated resume. Home Rescue Fair attendees should bring the following:

* Two most recent paystubs showing earnings for last 30 days. Copy of any benefits statements reflecting amount, frequency, and duration of benefits.
* Household Expense Budget.
* If self-employed, most recent quarterly or year to date Profit and Loss Statement.
* Last two months of bank statements.
* Copy of signed 2009 and 2010 income tax returns.
* Copy of a utility bill showing name and property address.
* Homeowner’s Association bill if applicable.
* Most recent mortgage and property insurance statements.
* Copy of closing documents and most recent correspondence from your mortgage company
* Visit the following link to pre-register for the Home Rescue Fair:
The Urban League Empowerment Summit will also feature free activities for the entire family such as celebrity empowerment workshops, health screenings, and more. For more information or contact the Urban League of Greater Atlanta at 404-659-1150 (www.ulgatl.org).

Press Conference to Kick off Urban League Empowerment Summit

9:30 AM in Hall C4 at the Georgia World Congress Center

Photo and interview opportunities with Marc Morial National Urban League President and CEO and Nancy Flake Johnson Urban League of Greater Atlanta President and CEO and metro Atlanta citizens who have been assisted by the Urban League Home Rescue program and Employment and Career program who will share their stories.

For interviews with Marc H. Morial, contact Teresa Candori, 646-319-0891. Members of the media wishing to attend the press conference contact Diane Larche’, 404-273-3227, diane@larchecommunications.com
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Founded in 1920, the Urban League of Greater Atlanta was organized to encourage, assist and engage in activities which lead to the improvement of opportunities and economic empowerment of underserved persons and families in Metropolitan Atlanta. The League helps people achieve their highest human potential through pathways to empowerment programs that support enhancing educational attainment, accessing employment and next level careers, homeownership and foreclosure prevention, small business development, health and welfare. AUL serves as an advocate for the community in these pathways and promotes the improvement of interracial understanding and cooperation.
About the National Urban League
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, there are more than 100 local affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide. For more information, go to www.nul.org or www.iamempowered.com.

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